In praise of the Donald Trump playbook, which will help the US score a victory over China, albeit temporarily

(Originally published by South China Morning Post on 27 November, 2018.) US President Donald Trump deserves some credit when it comes to his approach to China. For most people outside his base, this might be a challenging assertion. They will need to block out how Trump has debased the White House by saying lucrative arms deals with [...]

In the Huawei, Patrick Ho and Chinese spy cases, Trump sees only bargaining chips for his trade war

(Originally published by South China Morning Post on 11 December 2018.) Xu Yanjun, alleged by the US government to be a spy working for the Chinese Ministry of State Security, was extradited from Brussels and is awaiting his pretrial hearings in Cleveland, Ohio. Former Hong Kong official Patrick Ho Chi-ping was arrested at JFK airport in New York and is now [...]