Author: Graham Webster

  • A year in China’s digital policy world (2018.07.23)

    Welcome to Transpacifica Issue 8. I was part of two new joint pieces at New America’s DigiChina since last edition: An updated translation of China’s Cybersecurity Law, and a very wonky but wide-ranging assessment of progress in implementing the regime surrounding that law. Regular readers will know that one of my professional roles is as coordinating editor of […]


  • After U.S. Kicked Away the Ladder, China Found Another Summit to Climb (2018.07.09)

    Welcome to Transpacifica Issue 7. One big thought this week, as it appears more and more reasonable to say the United States has started a “trade war” with China with no end in site and no clear ends to the means. Relatedly, check out ChinaFile’s Conversation, including myself and a great group of careful thinkers about […]


  • Trading tariff threats; Will Mattis find linkage in Beijing? (2018.06.25)

    Welcome to Transpacifica Issue 6. This issue focuses on U.S.-China exchanges of threats and statements on trade and investment restrictions. Although the Trump-Kim meeting in Singapore was one of the most important events in U.S.–China relations in recent years, I’m going to leave it aside because I have little to add, for instance, to comments […]


  • Tick-tock to tariff targets; ZTE reprieve; Beijing gathering (2018.06.11)

    Welcome to Transpacifica Issue 5, and greetings from Beijing. Tomorrow in Beijing: Last issue I mentioned a potential get-together here for folks interested in China, technology policy, and U.S.–China relations. We’ll indeed have an informal happy hour Tuesday from 6–8 p.m. in the Sanlitun area. Please write me so I can gauge numbers, and I’ll send the location. Also […]


  • Trade war ‘on hold’ to tariffs on the way (2018.05.29)

    Welcome to Issue 4 of Transpacifica, coming to you this week on Tuesday following the U.S. Memorial Day holiday. I’ve been on the road in Europe much of the last two weeks, including for the China Internet Research Conference hosted at University of Leiden. I was grateful to be hosted by Privacy International in London […]