Hanyu Huang

About Hanyu Huang

Hanyu Huang was born in 1994 in China. Migrated to Canada in 2006. Graduated from University of Toronto in 2016 from the Economics and International Relations program. Interested in East Asian economic and security issues.

China’s Friendlier Face To The World At The 12th National People’s Congress

The 12th National People’s Congress of China brought about some important announcements regarding China’s foreign policy directions. Given the recent troubles in the region, China aimed to send out a positive message to its neighbours. Much of the messages and the principles behind them are not completely new, but were […]

The Retreat Of International Law

Despite the discussions of rule-based systems in governing maritime security, recent events seem to point to the erosion of influence of international law and supranational organizations. Instead, a resurgence of states in international affairs appears to be more than likely as global integration recedes and nationalists reassert themselves in national […]

Trump And The Asia-Pacific

While the world’s attention is fixed on the fiasco of Trump’s Muslim ban, there have been interesting developments regarding Trump’s policy towards the Asia-Pacific.  Trump has apparently called the Chinese President Xi Jinping and backtracked on his earlier threat to renegotiate the One China policy. This is the first phone […]

Donald Trump And The Madman Theory

Donald Trump promised to make America unpredictable during his election campaign. If he has not changed his mind, then he has succeeded in that goal. A significant part of Trump’s unpredictability comes from his complete disregard for political protocols, whether formal or informal.  Trump’s blatant disregard for rules is apparent […]

Shinzo Abe’s Visit To Southeast Asia, Return Of Cold War Style Diplomacy?

The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the 13th of January, began his four-nation speed tour of Southeast Asian nations. The Japanese prime minister dined at the Filipino president’s private residence at Davos and agreed to a $9 billion USD investment package and $5 million worth of patrol boats with the […]

Chinese Internet Trolls Battle Taiwanese Security Staff Over The New Year

Chinese cyber-activists/internet trolls battled Taiwanese military security personnel using Facebook-trolling posts over the New Year. Chinese netizens from Di Ba, an ultra-patriotic internet forum in China, plastered Taiwan’s Military of National Defence Facebook page with trolling posts including pandas, pro-PRC cartoons, and the PRC flag. The incident came after Wei […]

Populism And Staying Power

Introduction 2016 has been a year when world politics has turned upside-down. The electoral success of many populist leaders around the world, whether in the developing or the developed world, has overturned many of the post-WWII conventions regarding politics and democracy. Populism is when politicians claim they derive legitimacy directly […]

Trump’s Cabinet Appointments Set A Worrying Precedent For Future Of Public Governance In The United States

The composition of the Trump cabinet and his advisors is an interesting grouping of corporate executives, military generals, and people that closely align with Trump’s ideology. With Donald Trump announcing his pick for Secretary of State being the current CEO of Exxon Mobil, the majority of the most important positions […]