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Ben Lowsen

Ben Lowsen

Ben Lowsen is a specialist in Chinese political and security affairs working as a China advisor for the U.S. Air Force’s Checkmate office. He previously worked as an Asia advisor for the U.S. Navy and served in the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer and China specialist. He completed tours of duty in Germany, Korea, Qatar, the Pentagon, and two tours in China, serving as Assistant U.S. Army Attaché in Beijing from 2013 to 2016.
Ben’s experience includes policy and strategy coordination, military-to-military engagement, intelligence production and analysis, and bilateral negotiation. He is interested in Chinese political and military culture as well as military modernization, reform, and strategy.
He is an active writer and speaker whose publications include book chapters, reportage, and commentary. He received an M.A. from Harvard’s Regional Studies—East Asia committee and a B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara in music performance. Follow him on Twitter.
The views expressed are his own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
Posts by Ben Lowsen
September 24, 2020

Explainer: The TikTok Deal for Dummies

By Ben Lowsen
Trump is threatening repercussions to coax ByteDance into a deal, but whether the Chinese and U.S. governments will both assent remains unclear.

May 02, 2020

Amid a Pandemic, China Ramps Up Maritime ‘Micro-Aggressions’

By Ben Lowsen
Beijing is putting up a brash front to hide its growing insecurity.
April 15, 2020

Did Xi Jinping Deliberately Sicken the World?

By Ben Lowsen
PRC moral turpitude forces us to consider the unthinkable.

December 12, 2019

Smuggling Out the Truth: The Story of the Xinjiang Papers and China Cables

By Ben Lowsen
An unprecedented series of leaks of Chinese internal government documents highlights human rights abuses and possibly a crack in the façade of Xi Jinping’s power in China.

August 15, 2019

Hong Kong: The Orchid and the Great Stone Wall

By Ben Lowsen
The more tightly Beijing grasps Hong Kong, the more its control slips.

July 30, 2019

China’s New Defense White Paper: Reading Between the Lines

By Ben Lowsen
Beijing walks a tightrope between peace and its conception of great power status.
July 09, 2019

What China Experts Miss about China and the US

By Ben Lowsen
A competitive stance is essential to working with China.

June 29, 2019

Is It Time for the United States to Recognize Taiwan?

By Ben Lowsen
No, but all options are on the table.

February 06, 2019

US-China Relations in Flux: The Road to a Showdown

By Ben Lowsen
The United States is for the first time substantively responding to China’s rejection of international norms.

January 30, 2019

China’s New Maximalism in Three Slogans

By Ben Lowsen
Beijing ups the rhetorical ante.

January 03, 2019

Does Sino-US Competition Mean a Zero Sum Game?

By Ben Lowsen
It may, but it doesn’t have to.
October 16, 2018

China’s Cultural Genocide and the Conscience of Nations

By Ben Lowsen
As China does its worst, the world must uphold the best.

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