After a career in journalism from the 1970s until 1997, I have been teaching courses in Chinese foreign and security policy, including foreign trade and investment to business audiences, diplomats and military. I am “semi-retired” now, but continue to take ad hoc writing and lecturing assignments, most recently from journals such as The Washington Quarterly, YaleGlobal, The Diplomat, thinktanks like ECRAN (Europe China Research and Advice Network), the Clingendael Institute and the Netherlands Defence College. I am also a regular commentator for BBC Radio and TV and Al Jazeera International.
My special areas of expertise are regional security in China’s increasingly turbulent perifery:
- China-Japan relations: the Diaoyu/Senkaku Dispute.
- The South China Sea: China’s arbitrary and strongly disputed claims to most of the islands there.
- China-India relations: unsolved border issues, Tibet, and China’s expanding influence in India’s neighboring countries and the Indian Ocean.
- China’s relations with Iran and the Greater Middle East.
- China-EU relations and China’s global strategic and economic relations in general.
- China-US relations: the emerging struggle for regional and global dominance.
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