Xi Jinping must love how much he scares US lawmakers

Fearmongering about China already seems to occupy nearly every congressional hearing room in Washington these days, which ultimately plays into the hands of a Communist Party propaganda department that loves to show how much China scares US policymakers.

House Committee pulls a Dr. Strangelove

(Originally published here in the South China Morning Post on April 25, 2023) I had to look at the tweet three times. “HAPPENING NOW: The fate of the Indo-Pacific hangs in the balance as members of the Select Committee engage in a fictional war game to decide the American response to the Chinese Communist Party’s 2027 [...]

Finding the footpath through an incinerated forest

(Originally published here on November 7, 2022 in the South China Morning Post.) No US State Department or National Security Council press briefing is complete these days without an attempt to get confirmation that Joe Biden and Xi Jinping will meet in person as presidents for the first time at the G20 summit in Indonesia this month. [...]

More U.S. lawmakers in Taiwan may be just what our planet needs

(Originally published here in the South China Morning Post on August 2, 2022.) Devastating weather events, breakthrough climate legislation, economic warning signs and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Asia-Pacific itinerary dominated the US news cycle last week. As the death toll from record flash flooding rises in Kentucky – which was still recovering from a once-in-a-century barrage of tornadoes that killed [...]

Slam America for its gun problem, but don’t equate it with Xinjiang

It should be no surprise that the Chinese government has called attention to America's gun problem, given the condemnation it faces for any number of its hard-line domestic policies, including mass incarceration of Uygurs and other religious minorities in Xinjiang for vocational training or cultural genocide, depending on whose version you believe.

The GOP’s Putin lovers can’t cheer him publicly, so watch out Beijing

(Originally published here on May 24, 2022 in the South China Morning Post.) The oil might be flowing from Russia to China, but Vladimir Putin should take note that the lifelines he was counting on from the US, arguably as valuable, are disintegrating. And the implications for Beijing are more serious than they might first [...]

A US senator about to be replaced by a MAGA stalwart makes national security hope look like fantasy

(Originally published here in the South China Morning Post on May 10, 2022.) US President Joe Biden’s appearance at an Ohio manufacturer of metal alloy parts last week with Republican Senator Rob Portman offered hope for American politics – or was it fantasy? The evolution of American political discourse during the past decade would seem [...]

The straight, white, Christian, married suburban mom who nailed the Democratic message

(Originally published here on April 26, 2022 in the South China Morning Post.) America’s culture wars came to a head last week when Republican firebrand Rick DeSantis signed into law a bill revoking the Walt Disney Company’s special district status in his state and a Democrat landed on a message that finally sparked signs of [...]