Dr Willy Lam, journalist and analyst known for his insights on China’s politics, commented on Beijing’s divide-and-conquer ‘diplomacy’…
The last leg of Li’s first overseas trip as head of government – a mere two-day stopover in Berlin – has demonstrated the hard edge of enhanced hard-power projection by China the quasi-superpower.
During his joint press conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin last week, Li gave a big lecture on the evils of protectionism. Hinting that the Chinese would retaliate heavily should the EU impose stiff tariffs on China-made solar panels and telecom equipment, the No. 2 in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo warned that European protectionists would “undoubtedly go on the road to perdition” should they dare to challenge China.
About Dr Willy Lam
With more than 30 years of experience in writing and researching about China, Willy Wo-Lap LAM is a recognized authority on areas including the Chinese Communist Party, public administration, foreign policy, the People’s Liberation Army, as well as the country’s economic and political reform. Dr Lam has worked in senior editorial positions in international media including Asiaweek newsmagazine, South China Morning Post, and the Asia-Pacific Headquarters of CNN.
Since early 2005, Dr Lam has been a Professor of China Studies at Akita International University, Japan (www.aiu.ac.jp). He is also an Adjunct Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong (History Department & Master of Global Political Economy Program); and a Senior Fellow at Jamestown Foundation (www.jamestown.org), a leading foreign-policy think tank in Washington D.C.
Willy’s views on China are frequently sought by global media including CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, ABC, Bloomberg, Voice of America, and other major publications and electronic media. He has been awarded visiting fellowships by institutions including Columbia University, Washington University at St. Louis (U.S.), Nottingham University (Britain), and Murdoch University (Australia.)