June 11, 2018
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photo: AP

Sleepless in Singapore: dear Trump, some dos and don’ts for your big date with Kim

Dear President Trump, As you prepare for your historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, you are probably now being bombarded by the voices of talking-head […]
May 25, 2018
Demonstrators rally in Seoul to call for more dialogue between North Korea, South Korea and the United States. Photo: AFP

Trump-Kim talks: the art of no deal

Is the guy who wrote The Art of the Deal really a choke artist? It’s a fair question after US President Donald Trump appears to have buckled last week on two […]
May 12, 2018

Why would Kim Jong-Un trust Trump now he’s ripped up Iran’s nuclear deal?

An isolated “rogue regime” with a horrendous human rights record destabilises the region, supports terrorism and embarks on a dangerous nuclear programme. The world community bands together […]
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 […]