The self-defeating logic in Steve Bannon’s rallying cry against China-friendly corporate America

(Originally published here by South China Morning Post.) Former White House adviser Steve Bannon made a splash in Washington last week with his call to brand those who have profited from business relationships with China as traitors. The audience at the event erupted in cheers, not surprising given that it was comprised mainly of members [...]

Stumbles over Meng Wanzhou’s arrest won’t help the US case against Huawei

(Originally published here by South China Morning Post.) As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced an onslaught of political attacks last week over accusations of back-room dealing, Beijing piled on the pressure. When a member of China’s state-owned press questioned Canada’s judicial independence in light of accusations that Trudeau tried to interfere with a judicial [...]

China shouldn’t celebrate if Donald Trump loses his border wall battle – his successor may be even harder on Beijing

(Originally published here by South China Morning Post.) Of all of the cuts Donald Trump has invited by declaring a national emergency to fund a border wall between the United States and Mexico, The Wall Street Journal’s might be the deepest. Citing former US Supreme Court chief justice Robert Jackson, the newspaper’s editorial board pointed out that “a president’s power is [...]