China Watch with Peter Lee

China Trade War Is Here. Hot War on the Horizon

In the space between what Winston Churchill called jaw-jaw that’s negotiation and war-war that’s war there’s the phony war.  As the China war temperature drifts for cold war to hot, we get a dose of trade war posturing from the Trump administration and the Chinese. And as we go trade war, it looks like Qualcomm, […]

Boom! Trump China Trade War Train Wreck Hits Telecom

There is a superpower that is groaning under erratic one-man rule that tramples on state institutions and flouts the constitution and the rule of law.  Unfortunately for China hawks, that country is not China. Donald J. Trump tried his hand at stopping China’s global telecom surge by quashing a big-ticket acquisition in the US telecoms […]

America’s China Delusions Approaching Danger Point

The National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China revised the state constitution to remove term limits for the office of president of the PRC.  This vote gives Xi Jinping the legal basis to become president for more than two terms and, possibly for life. The term limits affair also served as an excuse […]

How Much Influence Does China Have on Donald Trump & America?

Is Donald Trump working for Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin?  As this crazy week winds on, that’s what the crazy people are starting to say…and what some sane people are starting to think. Trump isn’t following the China hawk playbook very closely, and the question of why he isn’t is starting to pop up.  Is […]

Full Force Tyranny: China To Become The Most Powerful Dictatorship Ever?

This week on China Watch, the world cries “tyranny” as PRC moves to abolish term limits for Xi Jinping.  China Watch says, Hmm.  Term limits.  Interesting.  We look at how succession issues are handled in China.  And point out that term limits have brought the United States to the brink of disaster.  How ‘bout that? […]

Complicit Western Media Primps for Its China Witch Hunt Close-up

It’s Chinese New Year and time for our special entertainment edition of China Watch.  We document the atrocities at the CCTV New Year’s Gala!  Racism! Outrage!  And the back story on why China went blackface to show its love for Africa! Then we look at witch hunts against foreign influence.  Do you know why witch […]

America’s Quest for Geopolitical Olympic Gold in Asia Comes Up…Tin

American diplomacy wipes out at the 2018 Winter Olympics! The Korean unified team is on parade as Mike Pence sits and stews. And American ignorance on parade as so-called experts struggle with the baffling hostility between Japan and South Korea! China Watch offers an exclusive look at the injustice at the heart of the Japan-South […]

At the Olympics, South Korea Says “Enough” to a Century of Japanese and U.S. Betrayal

The split between the Republic of Korea on one side, and the United States and Japan on the other, has become glaringly apparent at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. ROK President Moon Jae in has broken with Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe in pursuing direct outreach to the DPRK—the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, […]

The Road to Nuclear War with China Runs Through Taiwan

Nukes are coming back to Asia! America’s Nuclear Posture Review is out, and it offers a blueprint for a nuclear war with China.  China’s not gonna like it, you’re not gonna like it, but it’s the Pentagon’s miracle cure for declining US conventional strength in Asia. It’s another sign that the uniformed military, its anxieties, […]

The CIA, Wormwood, and Gall: The Facts, the Accusations & the Cover-up

In this special episode, China Watch tells the story that Errol Morris missed in his acclaimed documentary Wormwood. The film has focused attention on the mysteries surrounding the death of government scientist Frank Olson.  Olson fell 13 stories to his death from a New York hotel window in 1953.  He died after—but possibly not because—he […]

Pentagon Schedules Its China War for 2018

This week on China Watch, America  aches for its manhood measuring moment in Asia; but will China oblige?  Pacific Command’s Admiral Harry Harris is promising big doings in the Indo-Pacific—you know, that region that isn’t supposed to have China in it—in 2018.  Will the Chinese rise to Admiral Harris’s bait prematurely…or will the PRC continues […]

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 […]