Author: Graham Webster

  • Biden must summon the courage to undo Trump’s excesses (2020.12.18)

    Welcome to Transpacifica—the successor to U.S.–China Week. For the second issue back from hiatus, I offer some thoughts on the type of courage and boldness the Biden administration needs to summon in the coming year. It won’t be easy, but a balance must be struck. And the Trump administration’s China antagonism on the way out […]

  • Transpacifica is back. What’s next in China policy? 2020.11.13

    Welcome back to Transpacifica—the successor to U.S.–China Week. It has been more than two years since this newsletter went on hiatus, and obviously it’s been an eventful interlude in U.S.–China relations and technology policy. Now is an ideal time to get back at it. The outcome of the U.S. election raises huge questions about continuities […]

  • A broad new U.S. confrontation against China?– China’s trade waiting game – Elections loom (2018.09.24)

    Welcome to Transpacifica Issue 11. The U.S. news environment is as chaotic as I can ever remember, and foreign policy is generally an afterthought; even a north-south summit in Korea barely mustered a 36-hour news cycle. Like it or not, however, U.S.–China relations is on the front pages most days, primarily for the drip of “trade war” […]

  • What to watch for in U.S.–China relations this fall (2018.09.10)

    Welcome to Transpacifica Issue 10, coming to you from my new base in Los Angeles for the coming year. In the five weeks of vacation and moving since the last issue, U.S.–China relations and their intersection with technology issues have seen a great deal of action—but yet again, none of the big questions has been resolved. […]

  • Google’s reported ambitions in China (2018.08.06)

    Welcome to Transpacifica Issue 9. This issue focuses on Google’s reported ambitions to reenter the search market, open a news app, and partner with Tencent for cloud services in China. There’s been a lot of great reporting, and though little has been confirmed, there’s enough to conclude that the macro story of serious ambitions is […]