The author is a former US diplomat and banker. Born in Hong Kong, he writes about US-China and Hong Kong affairs, regional trade, the environment, and broader national security questions. He also contributes articles about Chinese martial arts.
As a diplomat, he served in Afghanistan reporting on political and security issues and managed a program to reconcile former Taliban fighters with the government. His other tours of duty included Tokyo, Paris, Fukuoka, Seoul, and Washington DC. His last assignment was in Hong Kong, where he was the Chief of the Economic and Political Section and served as Deputy Consul General. He is the recipient of numerous State Department superior and meritorious honor awards, including for service in a war zone.
Based in Asia, he contributes opinion articles to the South China Morning Post and Foreign Policy in Focus. His articles have also appeared in The Diplomat, Inter Press Service News Agency, Global Post, Asia Times, Taipei Times, Eurasia Review, the Wall Street Journal’s digital news links, Newsweek Japan, and Wing Chun Illustrated, a London-based martial arts magazine. He is also an editor for the bi-monthly magazine Global Health and Travel.
In addition to opinion writing, he serves as a consultant for the Economist Intelligence Unit, where he does global equity market analysis and writes regional megatrend reports on a range of economic and geopolitical issues.