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For David Lague's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Hobbling Huawei: Inside the U.S. war on China's tech giant

Asia Pacific May 24, 2019

Hobbling Huawei: Inside the U.S. war on China's tech giant

In early 2018, in a complex of low-rise buildings in the Australian capital, a team of government hackers was engaging in a destructive digital war game. The operatives — agents of the Australian Signals Directorate, the nation's top-secret eavesdropping agency — had been given a ...

How China is replacing America as Asia's military titan

Asia Pacific | FOCUS Apr 26, 2019

How China is replacing America as Asia's military titan

In 1938, in the midst of a long campaign to bring China under Communist Party rule, revolutionary leader Mao Zedong wrote: "Whoever has an army has power." Xi Jinping, Mao's latest successor, has taken that dictum to heart. He has donned camouflage fatigues, installed himself as ...

How China spies on Hong Kong's democrats

Asia Pacific / Politics Dec 15, 2014

How China spies on Hong Kong's democrats

James To was growing uneasy. When the veteran Hong Kong Democratic Party lawmaker looked in his rearview mirror, two silver Mercedes Benz saloons kept appearing behind his gray Volvo sedan. For almost a week, one or the other was behind him on his daily commute. ...

China charms Hong Kong's law enforcers

Asia Pacific / Politics Dec 15, 2014

China charms Hong Kong's law enforcers

Hong Kong's top law enforcers, schooled in British-style judicial independence and separation of powers, are being cycled through Communist Party schools in China, where judges are appointed by the party and police are charged with crushing dissent. One senior Hong Kong police officer, who has ...