January 27, 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 […]
January 14, 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 […]
December 31, 2017

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 […]
December 17, 2017

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 […]
October 14, 2017

What would trump think about Kong Kong football fans booing the Chinese anthem?

Unless you follow American football, you may not have been aware of a strange form of protest taking place before the games. Some players have chosen to […]
September 30, 2017

North korea nuclear crisis Trump vs ‘rocket man’: what if North Korea is the problem, not Kim?

It’s on. Not a nuclear conflict on the Korean Peninsula, thank goodness. But an old-fashioned, trash-talking smackdown between two nuclear-armed adversaries. In the one corner, we have […]
July 2, 2017

Why hong kong was glad to see the back of ‘white coolies’

Late on the morning of Hong Kong’s first day under Chinese rule, following an evening of fireworks, pageantry and a torrential downpour, the streets were strangely quiet […]
July 1, 2017

How Hong Kong handover blinded media to story of the decade

Exactly two decades ago, at the beginning of July, 1997, Asia was shaken by a seismic event that upended the established order and sent ripple effects still […]
May 6, 2017

Opinion: if only nixon could go to china, can only Trump go to North Korea?

The “Nixon-to-China” trope has, over the past four decades, come to mean that only a politician with unquestioned credentials could make a sharp policy U-turn against their […]