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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
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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.
July 25, 2017

12 Regions of China: Manchuria

By John Lee
Once home to China's last dynasty, Manchuria is now the country's rust belt.

July 24, 2017

12 Regions of China: The Periphery

By John Lee
Exploring the historical Chinese frontier.

July 22, 2017

12 Regions of China: The Southeast Coast

By John Lee
The historic center of China's maritime trade remains the heart of export-oriented manufacturing.

July 21, 2017

12 Regions of China: The Yangtze Delta

By John Lee
China's "land of fish and rice," today a high-tech hub, has long been the country's wealthiest region.
July 21, 2017

12 Regions of China: The Central South

By John Lee
The original frontier for Han expansions remains a strategic pivot point today.

July 20, 2017

12 Regions of China: The Sichuan Basin

By John Lee
China's agricultural powerhouse is now also an aerospace and defense hub.
July 19, 2017

12 Regions of China: The Loess Plateau

By John Lee
The birthplace of Chinese civilization, today the loess plateau is relatively poor.

July 18, 2017

12 Regions of China: The North China Plain

By John Lee
The heartland of ancient China is fittingly home to the modern-day capital.

July 17, 2017

The 12 Regions of China: Past and Present

By John Lee
Rather than viewing China as a monolith, the country can be understood as 12 distinct regions.

August 02, 2016

What Now for China’s ‘Historic Rights’ in the South China Sea?

By John Lee
Defending China's "historic rights" in the South China Sea is integral to the Communist Party's political narrative.
June 09, 2016

Innovation in China: More Than a Fast Follower?

By John Lee
When it comes to innovation, China still lags behind the West -- but it is catching up.

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