Willy Lam

Dr. Willy Wo-Lap Lam writes the weekly ‘Inside China’ column for East-Asia-Intel.com. His widely-read articles about China for Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post helped establish him as one of the world’s most authoritative China-watchers. A Beijing correspondent until the Tiananmen Incident in 1989, Dr. Lam continued to write as the newspaper’s China editor during […]

Storm clouds in the Far East: In China, a coronation; In Japan, an election

Storm clouds in the Far East: In China, a coronation; In Japan, an election

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The political optics could not have been more contrasting as China selected its leader and Japan elected its Prime Minister. In a grandiose and stunning setting, draped in the trappings of crimson and gold, 2,300 Chinese Communist Party (CCP) grandees predictably anointed Xi Jinping as […]

Free Press Foundation to combat breakdown in American media culture

Free Press Foundation to combat breakdown in American media culture

by WorldTribune Staff, April 5, 2017 America is facing a breakdown in the free press which endangers the nation, say a group of news professionals who are taking action in response. The crisis came glaringly to the forefront during the 2016 presidential election and coverage of the ensuing Trump administration, according to the Internet site […]

Trump crisis in Beijing: Five ‘knowns and unknowns’ have Xi Jinping in the panic mode

Trump crisis in Beijing: Five ‘knowns and unknowns’ have Xi Jinping in the panic mode

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, ‘Inside China’, Geostrategy-Direct.com “As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t […]

All is not well in China, but CCP media unleash glowing info-offensive

All is not well in China, but CCP media unleash glowing info-offensive

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, ‘Inside China’, Geostrategy-Direct.com Propaganda specialists surrounding President Xi Jinping are working overtime to burnish his reputation as a close-to-the-people savior who can best acquit himself of Chairman Mao’s “serve the people” credo. Xinhua News Agency over the weekend released a long dispatch on “the basic reform orientations” of Xi […]

China’s largest-ever paramilitary games tied to unemployment, crackdown

China’s largest-ever paramilitary games tied to unemployment, crackdown

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, ‘Inside China’, Geostrategy-Direct.com President and Commander-in-Chief Xi Jinping launched the largest-ever war game involving the nation’s People’s Armed Police late last month. Official news agencies said more than 30,000 commanding officers and “a few hundred thousand” troops in all 31 major administrative districts were involved. This was the largest […]

Off the record in Beijing: China’s growth rate is non-negotiable

Off the record in Beijing: China’s growth rate is non-negotiable

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Who is in charge of China’s macro-level financial and economic policy? Most observers will say President Xi Jinping, who is head of the two highest-level decision-making bodies: the Central Leading Group on Finance and Economics (CLGFE) and the newly set up Central Leading Group on Comprehensively Deepening Reforms […]

Xi consolidates power, elevates 6th Generation Zhejiang protégés

Xi consolidates power, elevates 6th Generation Zhejiang protégés

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Despite reports about challenges to his power, President and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping has quietly — and relentlessly — built up his personal faction centered upon cadres associated with the prosperous coastal province of Zhejiang. Members of the so-called Zhejiang Clique are tipped for large-scale promotions […]

What’s stalling Xi Jinping’s grandiose imperial dream? No money

What’s stalling Xi Jinping’s grandiose imperial dream? No money

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Remember the “One Belt One Road” (OBOR), a multi-trillion-dollar intercontinental project that underpins President Xi Jinping’s ambition to catapult China to super-power status? The “Silk Road Economic Belt” links China with Central Asia, Turkey and all the way to Eastern Europe through a series of high-speed railways, highways […]

Signs of a schism: Xi’s ruthless power grab challenged at National People’s Congress

Signs of a schism: Xi’s ruthless power grab challenged at National People’s Congress

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com The apparent leitmotif of this year’s meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the top advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), consists of ways and means to resuscitate the Chinese economy. However, political issues – particularly differences among members of the Politburo Standing Committee […]

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