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John Lee

John Lee is director of East-West Futures, which provides research and commentary services in political and risk analysis.

Previously, he was a senior analyst at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin, and worked for Australia’s Department of Defence and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. John holds Master’s degrees from the Australian National University and King’s College London, and is an admitted Australian legal practitioner. His work focuses on the global impacts of China’s digital technology industries and cyberspace governance system.

Follow him on Twitter: @J_B_C16

Posts by John Lee
September 07, 2021

Mapping China’s Place in the Global Semiconductor Industry

By John Lee and Jan-Peter Kleinhans
China’s national interests and supply chain security for the most “core” of technologies.

December 15, 2020

Would China Invade Taiwan for TSMC?

By John Lee
The second piece of a two-part analysis focusing on semiconductors and cross-strait geopolitics.
December 10, 2020

Taiwan, Chips, and Geopolitics: Part 1

By John Lee
Taiwan’s TSMC is a critical part of the global semiconductor supply chain. What does that mean for the U.S. and China’s Taiwan policies?

July 31, 2020

The Global War for 5G Heats up

By John Lee
U.S. moves have undermined Huawei’s prospects outside China, but their long-term efficacy to constrain China’s development and export of 5G technology is uncertain.

May 06, 2020

China Steps up the Long March to 5G

By John Lee
As the U.S. increases pressure on technology exports, China's race for self-sufficiency becomes more urgent.

February 15, 2020

5G and Huawei: The UK and EU Decide

By John Lee
The EU and U.K. are willing to accept some managed risk in return for expected gains brought by interdependence with China.
August 01, 2017

12 Regions of China: The Inertia of Unity

By John Lee
Despite regional variations, politically speaking China is remarkably homogeneous.

July 29, 2017

12 Regions of China: The Southwest

By John Lee
This area is home to most of China’s 55 ethnic minorities and some of its most spectacular landscapes.

July 31, 2017

12 Regions of China: Why the Center Still Reigns Supreme

By John Lee
While China can be conceptualized as 12 distinct regions, that doesn't mean the country is going to split apart.

July 29, 2017

12 Regions of China: The Tibetan Plateau

By John Lee
The “roof of the world” spans not only the Tibetan Autonomous Region but parts of Qinghai, Sichuan, and Yunnan.

July 29, 2017

12 Regions of China: Xinjiang

By John Lee
China's 'new frontier' is home to the largely Muslim Uyghur ethnic group.
July 27, 2017

12 Regions of China: The Gansu and Ningxia Corridors

By John Lee
China's gateway to Xinjiang was the first leg of the ancient Silk Road.

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