China Watch with Peter Lee

America’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like China

This week on China Watch, from managed trade and market access to media and propaganda to oligarch-inflected national policy, America’s beginning to look a lot like China.  We look at that weird and revealing Jeff Bezos/Jack Ma doppelganger phenomenon.  Two rich guys.  Two e-commerce giants.  They both own newspapers.  They both do a lot of […]

Changing Tides: The Post American Era in Asia

This week on China Watch:  South Korea isn’t behaving like a docile American ally.  There’s a reason for that and you’ll only learn the backstory here.  And weird doings in Taiwan! Taiwan security services accuse a pro-mainlander public figure of getting half a million dollars from the PRC for a media influence operation.  We apply […]

Welcome to 2018: America’s Trumpster Fire Burns Into Asia

Happy New Year!  ‘Tis the season for flapdoodle!  Team Trump keeps the North Korea pot boiling over the holidays with a PRC oil sale accusation!  Taiwan tiptoes into the Quad!  Maybe we’ll be calling it the Quint or the Quad and a Half soon!  Japan’s Okinotoroshima Island, the secret shame of lawfare, creeps back into […]

Trump’s Cold War 2.0 with China Stumbles Out of the Gate

Happy holidays!  It’s time to say Goodbye! To 2017 and Hello! To a decade of cold war with China. They say war is too important to be left to the generals.  Well, I’m getting the feeling cold war is too complicated to be left to the think tanks. After months of diligent spadework in the […]

Welcome to Cold War 2.0: the China Version

Donald Trump is ready to introduce Cold War 2.0 to the world, with a bigger, better adversary:  China!  It’s going to start with an expansion of the Australian war against Chinese influence to the US of A.  Before we put on that welcoming parade, let’s look at the truly ugly Deep State gains the Australian […]

Donald Trump’s China Hawk Clown College Now in Session!

Donald Trump’s China Hawk clown college is officially in session!  The China hawks are getting their way on Korea, Australia, and Taiwan.  But look for US China policy to overpromise, underdeliver, and screw up in what we now love to call the Indo-Pacific Region. It’s hard to push around the People’s Republic of China.  Maybe […]

Sellout in Oz: Local Collaborators Betray Australia to Team Trump and the Deep State

This week on China Watch: Rocket Man! Big Rocket Man!  A big launch by North Korea elicits big posturing but no solutions from US pundits concerning North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities.  Nobody asks what Kim Jong Un wants…except China Watch.  I’ll tell you in this week’s episode.  Spoiler: The answer is a peace treaty plus […]

Trump Climbs aboard the China Lobby’s Hellbound Train

Great news for March of Folly fans!  Donald J. Trump has made his peace with the Beltway Asianist establishment so the China Containment Reign of Error can resume!  Bad news for the rest of us, though. Expect plenty of chaos as the US struggles to come to terms with China’s rise and America’s relative decline…and […]

Who Stole Trump’s Brain? The Chinese Communists or the CIA?

The Trump China brainspace is in play.  Who’s going to claim it? Xi Jinping? Or the China hawks? In official Washington China containment is the flavor of the month, which means that the world’s China analysts, anti-Chicom advocates, milsec entrepreneurs, arms sales hustlers, and hustlers are flooding the Western media to get in their two […]

Screeching MSM Zombies Devour Trump Asia Trip

The Trump trip to Asia is a major inflection point for China hawks eager to put transactional diplomacy in the rearview mirror, pivot to an overtly adversarial China policy, and ignore and deny the fundamental changes in Asia that go hand in hand with both China’s rise and America’s relative decline. Trump and China bashing […]

Trump in Asia: China Looks to Make the Communist Party Great Again…Or Else!

Xi Jinping is going to Make the CCP Great Again…or else.  And there is a universe of dumb remarks surrounding Donald Trump as he heads into Asia…and some of them didn’t come from Donald Trump.  New product alert: time to roll out the Democracy Quadrilateral: this year’s hottest fashion in China containment.  Finally, “lawfare” didn’t […]

America Preps for another Decade of Failure in Asia

We’re inching toward another war in central Asia.  And it’s going to start in the place America has been failing for 15 years: Afghanistan!  Sorry Afghanistan!  But we’ll always have Wagah.  And China hawks have to wrestle with the failures of the pivot, and Donald Trump’s disinterest in fixing it.  Angry times in Asialand with […]

America Dashes for Its China Dead End…Will the World Follow?

Hot takes on the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.  Takes so hot they’re probably melting through…to China…as we speak.  Also the maybe most important and consequential story of not just of the week but of the year: the United States officially climbs into bed with India as a key strategic partner.  And China […]

The War with China Comes Home to America

China hawks have announced that the campaign against Chinese influence developed in Australia is just about ready to export, not just to Asia, but to America and the world.  The recipe is simple: security service dossiers carefully cooked by national security journalists, and seasoned with fear and denial. It’s not just an antidote to China’s […]

It’s Here! The Rathunt for Chinese Spies and American Traitors Has Begun!

This week, gadfly billionaire Miles Kwok returned to center stage in the China drama with accusations of Chinese agents in the United States…and of a Chinese intelligence asset at the heart of the US government media operation, the Voice of America. It wasn’t just an accusation.  It was an orchestrated call for a rat hunt, […]