Is Donald Trump being brave or crazy in China trade war? US president should pick a stance and stick to it

(Originally published on September 3, 2019 here by South China Morning Post.) US President Donald Trump ended last week much like he did the one before, lashing out like a five-year-old at an amusement park, denied cotton candy. He called American companies operating in China “badly run and weak” for raising concerns about his trade [...]

When Hong Kong civil servants protest too, can China still blame American ‘black hands’ for the unrest?

(Originally published by South China Morning Post on August 6, 2019.) US diplomats and politicians talk endlessly about American ideals.  When addressing audiences worldwide, many are so high on rhetoric, they can’t see how many eyes in the room they send rolling. Human rights and democracy, they will tell captive audiences from the four corners [...]