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Brian Wong

Brian Wong

Brian Wong is a Rhodes Scholar from Hong Kong (2020) and DPhil in Politics Candidate at Balliol College, Oxford.

They are the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Political Review; Founding Secretary of Citizen Action Design Lab, Founding Fellow of Governance Partners Yangon, and write regularly for The Diplomat Magazine, TIME, the South China Morning Post, and other academic and media publications. They can be followed on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

Posts by Brian Wong
November 04, 2021

Chinese People Think China Is Popular Overseas. Americans Disagree.

By Brian Wong
The widening perception gap between the Chinese and Western publics points to long-term divergence.

October 16, 2021

Beijing’s Balancing Act on China-US Relations

By Brian Wong
Chinese leaders must balance the current push for strategic de-escalation with the hyper-nationalism at play among average Chinese.
July 30, 2021

Reasons for Optimism in Wake of Sherman’s Visit to China

By Brian Wong
Policymakers from both sides of the Pacific would benefit from seizing upon the opportunity generated by Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman's visit.

May 18, 2021

Why Hong Kong’s Democrats Should Still Run in Legislative Council Elections

By Brian Wong
Despite the rocky road ahead, Hong Kong’s opposition politicians must not give up on the political arena.

March 17, 2021

What Hong Kong’s Legislative Reforms Mean for the City

By Brian Wong
Parsing the motivations, and implications, of Beijing's plan to overhaul Hong Kong's electoral and legislative structures.

February 04, 2021

The New Military Government in Myanmar Could Well Be Short-Lived

By Brian Wong
Domestic pressure, economic sanctions, and strategic anxieties hold out hope that the junta will be forced to make concessions.
January 29, 2021

The Future of China-US Sanctions Diplomacy

By Brian Wong
Sanctions are here to stay in U.S.-China relations. What does that mean for the relationship?

November 13, 2020

What Should China’s Biden Policy Look Like?

By Brian Wong
China should seize upon Biden’s victory to renew its approach to the United States.

September 12, 2020

China’s Two-Pronged Diplomacy

By Brian Wong
A charm offensive or wolf warrior diplomacy? Both, actually, are a key part of China's diplomatic strategy.

August 14, 2020

Hong Kong Is the First Casualty of the New Cold War

By Brian Wong
Hong Kong – the first battleground where East meets West – has already been drastically changed.

July 10, 2020

Beijing’s Plan for a Post-National Security Law Hong Kong

By Brian Wong
Beijing will be hoping to address Hong Kong's socioeconomic issues while keeping a tight leash on political changes.
June 01, 2020

What Trump’s Latest Moves on Hong Kong Really Mean for the City

By Brian Wong
Withdrawing Hong Kong's special status under U.S. law will hurt the city itself far more than it will hurt China.

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