In the News

I have offered commentaries to a wide range of media on issues related to my areas of expertise, such as Chinese politics and economy, Hong Kong, US-China Relations, Trade War, Canada-China relations, Southeast Asia, etc.

Recent Appearances (Selected)

March 27, 2021: Reuters, Global NewsReactions to Western Sanctions against China on Xinjiang

“Lynette Ong, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, … said the sanctions … will only “harden people’s resolve on those issues, … by sanctioning individuals, individual politicians or individual policy makers in either country, it’s just going to invite backlash. … It’s just counterproductive.” 

Related: August 17, 2020: The Hill TimesSanctions in Response to Beijing’s National Security Law Could Backfire, and Bolster Regime, says Expert

“A move to impose sanctions against Beijing over its imposition of a National Security Law in Hong Kong could backfire and instead be used to “shore up nationalism”in China, Ong told a House Committee.” 

March 22, 2021: CBC The NationalTrials of the Two Michaels

“As a nation, Canada should be psychologically and mentally prepared for a range of outcomes. These two trials are politicized right from the beginning.”

March 22, 2021: CTV NationalTrials of the Two Michaels.

March 22, 2021: BNN BloombergImplications of Trials on Canadian Businesses. 

March 22, 2021: CBC Canada Tonight with Ginella Massa, Xinjiang and Western Sanctions. 

March 19, 2021: BBC World ServiceTrials of the Two Michaels (begins 5.39). 

“The trials represent a major test case for whether the West can collectively come together and rise to the China challenge”. 

March 19, 2021: The Washington PostTrials of the Two Michaels, by Lily Kuo and Amanda Coletta. 

“Lynette Ong, a political scientist at the University of Toronto, said that the cases have “major symbolic significance” and that other countries will be watching closely. “You have substantive interests at stake, which is human life,” she said. “But beyond that … it’s a major test case for whether Western countries can effectively come together to rise to the China challenge.” 

March 19, 2021: CBC The NationalTrials of the Two Michaels.

March 19, 2021: CBC The Current, with host Rosemary Barton, and guests Vina Nadjibulla and Evan Medieros, Trials of the Two Michaels.

March 18, 2021: CTV Powerplay, with host Evan Soloman and guest John Manley, Trials of the Two Michaels.

March 18, 2021: Global News NationalTrials of the Two Michaels.

March 5, 2021: CBC The Current, with host Matt Galloway, Relations of the West with China after the Pandemic.

March 4, 2021: New York TimesA Confident China Promises Robust Growth and a Hard Line on Hong Kong. 

“The signs suggest that “having emerged triumphantly from the pandemic, Xi will look to further centralize his power,” said Lynette H. Ong, a political scientist at the University of Toronto.” 

March 3, 2021: New York Times‘The East is Rising’: Xi Maps Out China’s Post-Covid Ascent. 

November 9, 2020: BBC Analysis with Isabel Hilton, China: Who Runs that Place? 

November 5, 2020: NPR All Things Considered with host Mary Louise Kelly, “Canada-China Relationship Is Quickly Deteriorating After Huawei CFO’s Arrest“.

July 29, 2020: Interview at Voice of America Plugged In program hosted by Greta Van Susteren on escalating tensions between the US and China. (with Bonnie Glaser, Evan Medeiros, Larry Diamond, etc.)

July 19, 2020: Interview at BBC World News on an emerging “united front” against China in the post-pandemic world.

International Media

New York TimesNew YorkerWashington PostThe EconomistBBC NewsFinancial TimesLos Angeles TimesThe AtlanticBloombergBloomberg BusinessWeek, Reuters, Time Magazine, Voice of America (English, Chinese), Wall Street JournalAljazeera AmericaSouth China Morning PostThe Guardian, The Times, Nikkei Asian Review, Christian Science Monitor, The Straits TimesThe Associated PressAgence France Presse, Sydney Morning Herald, The DiplomatAustralian Broadcasting Corporation.  National Public Radio (NPR)Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)CNN, BBC WorldBBC World NewsBBC Radio 5CNBC, Channel News Asia, EuroNews, France 24, Monocle Radio, AljazeeraAustralian Broadcasting Corporation RadioRadio Television Hong Kong (RTHK).

Canadian Media

Globe and Mail, National Post, Financial Post, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Hill Times, Canadian Press, Macleans.CBC The National, CBC News Network, CBC The Current, CBC Metro Morning, CBC The House, CBC Here and Now, CPAC TV, CTV, Global News, TVO with Steve Paikin.


Little Red Podcast on State Violence in China, with Louisa Lim and Graeme Smith, March 2020.

Expert Interviews

Asia Experts Forum: Lynette Ong on the Socio-Economic Context of Hong Kong Protests, November 26, 2019. Young China Watchers’ (YCW) Voices on China, July 12, 2016. 

Excerpt from YCW expert interview, which captures my philosophy to studying a foreign country:

YCW: Can you offer any advice for those in the YCW network interested in studying or working in international development in China? What was your fieldwork experience like, and would you recommend any specific training or skills?

Lynette Ong: I would recommend young people to invest some time in learning the language, culture, and society in China. Spend a year or two living in China, preferably in smaller cities with few Westerners, where you would be “forced” to interact with the locals, learn their language or sometimes dialects, and understand their ways of life. Be modest and be respectful of people’s culture. While the Chinese could benefit from international development experience, we also have a lot to learn from them.

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