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John Lee

John Lee is a senior analyst at MERICS.

John Lee is a senior analyst at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), where he focuses on emerging technologies, future networks, and data governance issues.

Lee holds an MA in War Studies from King’s College London and an LLM specializing in International Law from the Australian National University. Previously he worked for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Department of Defense, and for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Posts by John Lee
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.
July 27, 2017

12 Regions of China: Inner Mongolia

By John Lee
Inner Mongolia has long served as a buffer between China and potential invaders.

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