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 [...]

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 [...]