May 6, 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 […]
April 7, 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, […]
March 2, 2018
US President Donald Trump. Photo: Bloomberg

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 […]
February 11, 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 […]
February 3, 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, […]
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 […]