The weakest link on the ideological front in America’s cold war with China

(Originally published here by the South China Morning Post on November 26, 2019.) The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and the US Congress’ 150-odd other pieces of China-related legislation underscore elder statesman Henry Kissinger’s recent assertion that the US and China are “in the foothills” of a new cold war. Perhaps we’re even further up, above [...]

Mike Pence’s China speech is just a symptom of Donald Trump’s incoherent foreign policy

(Originally published here in South China Morning Post on October 29, 2019.) The bluster around US Vice-President Mike Pence’s China speech last week drowned out another China speech in Washington, which was more subtle but no less important. In a keynote address honouring the 75th anniversary of the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), [...]

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 [...]