China has no better friend than Donald Trump in today’s America, and Beijing knows it

(Originally published here in South China Morning Post on September 17, 2019.) In the US Democratic debate last week, Beijing should have taken note that the only candidate who appeared willing to negotiate an end to trade tensions with China, Julián Castro, is polling far behind the front runners. The rest voiced support for punitive [...]

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 [...]