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July 31, 2018

Donald Trump, the Nobel-worthy peacemaker in Korea? It’s not so far-fetched

One year and four months into his presidency, Donald Trump has been called a lot of things – populist, demagogue, disrupter, authoritarian, narcissistic, corrupt, even unhinged, among the printable […]
July 31, 2018

Does Trump even have an endgame in trade war with China?

Back in 2003, at the start of America’s disastrous invasion of Iraq, then Major General David Petraeus, commanding the US 101st Airborne Division driving toward Baghdad, […]
July 31, 2018

Someone tell Trump the trade war is over. China won

Nine years ago it was car tyres followed by chicken feet. Now it’s washing machines and solar panels followed by sorghum. Aluminium and steel may soon be […]
July 31, 2018

Here’s a lesson from the 1997 stock crash: don’t panic

A financial contagion from Wall Street spreads across the Pacific to hammer Asian markets. Regional stocks plummet from Shanghai to Singapore. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index takes one […]
July 31, 2018

Why China and Hong Kong must heed America’s immigration debate

The immigration debate now roiling the United States and paralysing Congress is about nothing less than two conflicting views of America itself – what the country is, […]
July 31, 2018

China may crow as US shuts down, but death of the West is greatly exaggerated

The good news about last weekend’s ill-advised US government shutdown, otherwise known as the Great Democratic Climbdown, is that it was so brief – it lasted just […]
July 31, 2018

Can America do to Trump what Philippines did to Estrada?

The fiery, furious cascade of leaks and revelations coming out of US President Donald Trump’s White House in the first month of the new year has left us facing […]
July 31, 2018

One year on, Asia has conquered Donald Trump, not vice versa

US President Donald Trump’s first year in office has proven to be the chaotic, rambling Twitter-fuelled reality show that his many critics feared when the braggadocious billionaire and […]
July 31, 2018

What do Kim Jong-Un and Duterte have to learn from Mugabe’s fall?

I happened to be in South Africa when the word came, late last month, that a de facto military coup was underway next door in Zimbabwe, which […]