Peter J. Li

Peter J. Li

Peter J. Li, Ph.D is associate professor of East Asian politics at the University of Houston-Downtown and a China policy specialist at Humane Society International.

Latest from Peter J. Li

Opinion | First Sars, now the Wuhan coronavirus. Here’s why China should ban its wildlife trade forever

Both coronaviruses are linked to live animal markets, where sick, injured and dying animals are sold as exotic foods but end up transmitting disease. For too long, wildlife traders have been allowed to hide behind empty claims of medicine or conservation.

Both coronaviruses are linked to live animal markets, where sick, injured and dying animals are sold as exotic foods but end up transmitting disease. For too long, wildlife traders have been allowed to hide behind empty claims of medicine or conservation.

29 Jan 2020 - 9:11AM
Opinion | Why the Trump-Kim meeting at the DMZ was all show and no substance

Donald Trump claims to be cleaning up the ‘fiery mess’ Barack Obama left on the Korean peninsula, when in fact he was the one who started the fire. Meanwhile, Kim Jong-un is playing Trump’s obsession with personal diplomacy to North Korea’s advantage.

Donald Trump claims to be cleaning up the ‘fiery mess’ Barack Obama left on the Korean peninsula, when in fact he was the one who started the fire. Meanwhile, Kim Jong-un is playing Trump’s obsession with personal diplomacy to North Korea’s advantage.

4 Jul 2019 - 4:06AM
Opinion | China’s tug of war over tiger and rhino protection: did Trump’s trade war influence Beijing’s original decision?

US-China tensions made it easier for the Chinese authorities to act on behalf of the country’s wildlife business interests. However, international outrage might have convinced the authorities that they had conceded too much to the wildlife industry, prompting a rethink.

US-China tensions made it easier for the Chinese authorities to act on behalf of the country’s wildlife business interests. However, international outrage might have convinced the authorities that they had conceded too much to the wildlife industry, prompting a rethink.

15 Nov 2018 - 8:15PM
Why China won’t be sidelined in North Korean affairs

China’s dominance in North Korea’s economy and security matters is unparalleled and Kim Jong-un knows it. For its part, Beijing won’t easily give up its influence, given Pyongyang’s strategic importance.

China’s dominance in North Korea’s economy and security matters is unparalleled and Kim Jong-un knows it. For its part, Beijing won’t easily give up its influence, given Pyongyang’s strategic importance.

30 Mar 2018 - 4:11PM
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28 Feb 2019 - 6:14PM