China Watch with Peter Lee

5000 Ways to Die: America Tightens the Noose Around China’s Neck

America is locked in an escalating military and security confrontation with China.  The famous trade war is just a distraction.  While Trump and China talked tariffs, the US turned up the heat on Huawei, and also took another step in its plans for a showdown in the South China Sea. Back in April of last […]

‘China Must Be Destroyed’

There’s an old story from Roman history about Cato the Elder trolling the peaceniks in the Roman Senate by dropping figs on the floor. The hook was that the figs were from Carthage, Rome’s rival for supremacy in the Mediterranean. And the figs were fresh, because Carthage was only three days’ sail from Rome.  And […]

The China War. It’s Real. It’s Here.

The China War is real. China is figuring out how to fight it.  America is figuring out how to sell it. Our General Petraeus was at the Raisina Dialogue in India.  According to a tweet from an attendee, he told the assembly: Petraeus: US declaration of a new Cold War on China is defining issue, […]

America Says: It’s My Way…or the Huawei!

America is radically expanding its unilateral global reach and coercive tools in order to punish governments that don’t toe the anti-China line. In this episode, we’ll look at the extension of the anti-Huawei campaign beyond the Five Eyes core intelligence sharing partners and ask the question:  What is the factual basis for demanding a ban […]

America’s Anti-Huawei Op: The Inside Story of the Meng Wanzhou Arrest

The hot story in China watching is the arrest in Vancouver on December 1st of Meng Wanzhou, the Chief Financial Officer of China telecom giant Huawei, on charges relating to violation of US sanctions against Iran. Even though there is no recorded precedent for arresting a corporate executive for fraud on a sanctions beef with […]

China Witch Hunt: It’s Here!

The China Witch Hunt is here. A joint project of the Asia Society and the Hoover Institute produced a study on China influence operations and how to counter them. It’s titled Chinese Influence and American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance It touts “transparency, integrity, and reciprocity” as the magic bullets to combat Chinese influence. Unfortunately, past […]

China Fishes in Muddy Waters

Humans have a passion for order.  But somehow much of what they produce is chaos.  Chaos creates confusion, danger, which, if properly exploited, a source of opportunity and advantage. The Chinese idiom for this is “fishing in muddy waters”.  The fish don’t see you, so you can sneak up on them and scoop them up. […]

China Cold War 2018: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We look at recent developments in the burgeoning US campaign against the PRC, and find grounds for optimism, reasons to order that leadlined anti-radiation suit off Amazon, and some trainwreck stuff you simply can’t look away from.  In Australia.  Of course. As usual, China is trying to dodge polarization and confrontation.  And, as has been […]

China: Living in the Bipolar World

U.S.Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech at the Hudson Institute on October 4.  Exactly one month before the midterms, it looks like the Trump administration is looking to close the books on “How Donald Trump betrayed America to Russia” and move on “How Donald Trump Saved America from China.” Pence’s speech attracted a lot […]

China Cold War: The Age of Anxiety and Collateral Damage

The U.S. cold war against China has been around longer than the general public realizes.  It actually started in the closing years of the Obama administration, when Chuck Hagel was pushed out as Secretary of Defense and Admiral Harry Harris, a diehard China hawk, took the reins at PACOM in 2014. Now Cold War 2.0 […]

Mythbusting China Cold War 2.0: Debt Traps and Bird Flu

This week was Xi Jinping’s big Africa moment, the Forum on China Africa Cooperation or FOCAC.   Maybe you didn’t hear about it a lot because the PRC was counterprogramming against the West’s debt trap diplomacy talking point with some success. And maybe you did hear about China’s plot to kill us all with bird flu. […]

Korean Peace Derailed; Taiwan War on Track

This week on China Watch: Korean peace in limbo, the Pentagon’s Taiwan Project Independence 2020 on track…and Trump goes off the rails. It’s not easy for America, which drove the world into a ditch…twice…in this century to rally its allies and assets for another self-serving campaign, this time to preserve US hegemony in Asia…but the […]

21st Century Ethnocide: China’s Plan for the Uyghurs of Xinjiang

This week on China Watch: the Chinese Communist Party’s Plan to de-Uyghurize and Sinicize Xinjiang In this special edition of China Watch we look at perhaps the most extreme exercise in ethnic assimilation ever attempted: the People’s Republic of China’s campaign to Sinicize its far west holding, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, through bleeding edge […]

America Sets Its Taiwan Trap for China

Prepping for a conflict with China has become an all of government effort and China Watch has a good idea of how and when it’s going to play out.  And it involves the vigorous island democracy and Pentagon asset known as Taiwan!  Circle your calendar for 2020 and stock up on canned goods and lead […]

Friendly Fire: Cold War 2.0 Claims First American Casualties

Donald Trump’s trade war with China kicks off and the Pentagon’s dream of refighting and rewinning the Cold War, this time with the People’s Republic of China instead of the USSR, is one step closer to reality.  But be careful what you dream for.  This might be the war we don’t win. The collateral damage […]