Patrick Mendis

Patrick Mendis

Dr Patrick Mendis, a Harvard Kennedy School's former Rajawali senior fellow, is an associate-in-research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, a senior fellow of the Pangoal Institution in Beijing, and a distinguished visiting professor of Asian-Pacific affairs at Shandong University in Jinan, China. He is the author of Peaceful War: How the Chinese Dream and American Destiny Create a Pacific New World Order (see www.patrickmendis.com).

Latest from Patrick Mendis

Opinion | What the timing of the US-India defence deal reveals

Not only was the signing of the US-India defence pact important, the visit by America’s top two national security officials came just a week before the presidential election, signalling a longer-term shift in US policy.

Not only was the signing of the US-India defence pact important, the visit by America’s top two national security officials came just a week before the presidential election, signalling a longer-term shift in US policy.

What the timing of the US-India defence deal reveals
31 Oct 2020 - 11:06AM
Opinion | South China Sea: ‘alliance of democracies’ ready to counter Beijing aggression

China’s assertiveness towards its neighbours is not only destabilising to the region but also becoming a global security concern.

China’s assertiveness towards its neighbours is not only destabilising to the region but also becoming a global security concern.

South China Sea: ‘alliance of democracies’ ready to counter Beijing aggression
8 Aug 2020 - 3:22AM
Opinion | How China’s expanding footprint puts it on a collision course with Trump’s America, raising the spectre of a new cold war

From mask diplomacy and leadership at UN agencies to power projections in the South China Sea, Beijing’s expansion brings it increasingly at odds with Trump’s America.

From mask diplomacy and leadership at UN agencies to power projections in the South China Sea, Beijing’s expansion brings it increasingly at odds with Trump’s America.

How China’s expanding footprint puts it on a collision course with Trump’s America, raising the spectre of a new cold war
22 May 2020 - 6:14AM
Opinion | The three mistakes the Chinese government has made in its mishandling of the coronavirus crisis

Even though the Sars disaster demonstrated the need for greater openness, China has made the same mistakes in the current crisis while expecting a different outcome. Wuhan’s decision to suppress the bad news was particularly dire.

Even though the Sars disaster demonstrated the need for greater openness, China has made the same mistakes in the current crisis while expecting a different outcome. Wuhan’s decision to suppress the bad news was particularly dire.

The three mistakes the Chinese government has made in its mishandling of the coronavirus crisis
19 Feb 2020 - 9:03AM
Eye on Asia | Mongolia is seeking greener pastures with the US and India to balance China’s influence

Mongolia, with its large, resource-rich land mass and small population, is economically dependent on China. Will its courtship of India and the US pay off?

Mongolia, with its large, resource-rich land mass and small population, is economically dependent on China. Will its courtship of India and the US pay off?

Mongolia is seeking greener pastures with the US and India to balance China’s influence
17 Nov 2019 - 9:44PM
Opinion | Why India and China need to stay friends: it’s all about the economy

New Delhi wants to cut its trade deficit with China, gain access to its markets and lure manufacturers to set up in India. Beijing, meanwhile, wants India to join the RCEP free-trade agreement and use Huawei’s 5G technology, while being mindful of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor tensions.

New Delhi wants to cut its trade deficit with China, gain access to its markets and lure manufacturers to set up in India. Beijing, meanwhile, wants India to join the RCEP free-trade agreement and use Huawei’s 5G technology, while being mindful of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor tensions.

Why India and China need to stay friends: it’s all about the economy
31 Oct 2019 - 11:01AM
Opinion | The US should keep its universities open to Chinese students and organisations – education is the best weapon in promoting democracy

America’s founders, like Confucius before them, saw education’s anti-authoritarian qualities. Banning Chinese students would end a potent US edge in its ideological rivalry.

America’s founders, like Confucius before them, saw education’s anti-authoritarian qualities. Banning Chinese students would end a potent US edge in its ideological rivalry.

The US should keep its universities open to Chinese students and organisations – education is the best weapon in promoting democracy
11 Apr 2019 - 2:12AM
Opinion | From Taiwan to the belt and road, China’s ‘grand plan’ is to push the US out of Asia

The US should not take China’s talk of a ‘peaceful rise’ at face value, but must work with allies to move China towards international norms, rather than contain it.

The US should not take China’s talk of a ‘peaceful rise’ at face value, but must work with allies to move China towards international norms, rather than contain it.

From Taiwan to the belt and road, China’s ‘grand plan’ is to push the US out of Asia
16 Apr 2019 - 11:49PM
China’s quest for soft power: where Confucius has failed, the Buddha may succeed

Beijing should reach into its shared Buddhist heritage with its neighbouring countries for the basis of a China model that has universal appeal, and a new Pacific world order that is built on peace.

Beijing should reach into its shared Buddhist heritage with its neighbouring countries for the basis of a China model that has universal appeal, and a new Pacific world order that is built on peace.

China’s quest for soft power: where Confucius has failed, the Buddha may succeed
1 Jun 2018 - 5:47PM
China will improve its IPR protection – but not as a result of US pressure 

Whatever measures the Trump White House deploys against China to enforce respect for intellectual property rights, it should not lose sight of the historical perspective of how nations develop. 

Whatever measures the Trump White House deploys against China to enforce respect for intellectual property rights, it should not lose sight of the historical perspective of how nations develop. 

China will improve its IPR protection – but not as a result of US pressure 
16 May 2018 - 8:31PM
A new beginning for China-India relations could transform Asia

The Xi Jinping-Narendra Modi summit highlights the need for a rethinking of relations between the two countries.

The Xi Jinping-Narendra Modi summit highlights the need for a rethinking of relations between the two countries.

A new beginning for China-India relations could transform Asia
2 May 2018 - 8:55AM
Belt and road, or a Chinese dream for the return of tributary states? Sri Lanka offers a cautionary tale
9 Jan 2018 - 7:02PM
Why Xi Jinping’s China model is about both material and spiritual rejuvenation
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Why China-US trade conflicts won’t end in war – no matter how loud the threats

With China-US economic and investment relations strengthening by the day, points of disagreement could well be resolved in a mutually beneficial way, notwithstanding the warnings of tariffs and other punitive measures

With China-US economic and investment relations strengthening by the day, points of disagreement could well be resolved in a mutually beneficial way, notwithstanding the warnings of tariffs and other punitive measures

Why China-US trade conflicts won’t end in war – no matter how loud the threats
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
How Donald Trump betrayed American values and Jeffersonian legacy with trip to Saudi Arabia
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Trump’s ‘America first’ and Xi Jinping’s ‘China first’: how different are they?
7 Jul 2017 - 9:18PM
From tea to soybeans, trade ensures China and the US are inextricably linked
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Will Donald Trump make China great again?
20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
For China and the US, bound by trade, great power brings great responsibility
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Why the US will gain nothing from seeking to contain China

Patrick Mendis and Joey Wang say both sides should seek to return to the principles that brought mutual economic benefit. For Beijing, this means showing it truly seeks a peaceful rise, while Washington must ditch its cold-war mentality.

Patrick Mendis and Joey Wang say both sides should seek to return to the principles that brought mutual economic benefit. For Beijing, this means showing it truly seeks a peaceful rise, while Washington must ditch its cold-war mentality.

Why the US will gain nothing from seeking to contain China
27 Apr 2016 - 4:01PM