Minxin Pei

For Minxin Pei's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Japan’s geopolitical balancing act just got harder

Commentary / Japan Sep 19, 2020

Japan’s geopolitical balancing act just got harder

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s unexpected resignation last month for health reasons has raised many questions about the legacy of the country’s longest-serving premier. One of them is whether his successor, Yoshihide Suga, will be able to continue Abe’s geopolitical balancing act as tensions ...

Chinese diplomats behaving badly

Commentary / World Jun 15, 2020

Chinese diplomats behaving badly

Chinese diplomats have long had a reputation as well-trained, colorless and cautious professionals who pursue their missions doggedly without attracting much unfavorable attention. But a new crop of younger diplomats are ditching established diplomatic norms in favor of aggressively promoting China’s self-serving COVID-19 narrative. ...

China’s misplaced pandemic propaganda

Commentary / World Mar 29, 2020

China’s misplaced pandemic propaganda

Barely a month ago, China was in the grip of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Thousands of new infections were confirmed every day. Hospitals were overwhelmed. People were dying by the hundreds. People couldn’t leave their homes. But the government’s draconian lockdown seems to have ...