May 1, 2010

President Lee demonstrates cool in crisis

LOS ANGELES — It is true that there is not much that Lee Myung Bak could reasonably do, one way or the other, in response to the sinking of a South Korean naval patrol vessel in the Korean seas. But what little the president ...

Apr 26, 2010

China's true supporters versus the hackers

Caring about China can be hard to do. Many Chinese, for starters, resent it when others express concern, viewing it as an intrusion, especially when the other party disagrees with something China has done. Recently I wrote about the China versus Google fight. The ...

Apr 15, 2010

Thailand's bloodshed is unbefitting of a king

Even viewing the spectacle from afar, it is utterly brutal on the emotions to observe an otherwise wondrous people and culture tearing itself in two. No one who has ever been treated to the endless charm and hospitality of the Thai people could be ...

Apr 7, 2010

How Google got too hot for China's kitchen

It is one of the positives of my largely happy life that I never found myself in the field of public relations with a client like Beijing. It’s not that there aren’t many wondrously good stories about China — hundreds of millions of otherwise ...

Mar 31, 2010

Why China kills a chicken to scare monkeys

It may be that Zhu Rongji is the most important Chinese political figure since the death of Mao Zedong’s relatively enlightened successor Deng Xiaoping, I don’t know. As China’s previous premier (number two of the whole place) he was certainly the key technical engineer ...

Mar 17, 2010

China's diplomacy suffering an identity crisis

Chinese diplomacy generally comes in all sizes and shapes, but until relatively recently the size was small and the shape a question mark. Decades of international isolation did little to nudge many nuances into its foreign policy. Under Mao Zedong especially, China didn’t so ...

Mar 11, 2010

The U.S. media badly needs a wakeup call

Different societies allow their news media different roles. In most countries the media is subordinated to power, whether of the government or the ruling class. Surprisingly or not, the American model is not widely emulated globally. Unfortunately, these days, it is not even widely ...

Feb 21, 2010

Taiwanese perspective on Sino-U.S. relations

LOS ANGELES — Unless they somehow manage to entwine us in World War III with China, our friends in Taiwan truly are our friends. Over and over again, Beijing has let the world know that any dramatic move by the offshore island toward permanent ...

Feb 7, 2010

China's unwritten chapters feed speculation

LOS ANGELES — We were lucky enough the other night to attend a dinner party where the fare was California fusion and the killer item on the menu was serious table talk about Asia. So much food for thought was offered that, when the ...