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.

29 Jan 2020 - 9:11AM

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.

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

4 Jul 2019 - 4:06AM

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.

Why the Trump-Kim meeting at the DMZ was all show and no substance
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.

15 Nov 2018 - 8:15PM

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.

China’s tug of war over tiger and rhino protection: did Trump’s trade war influence Beijing’s original decision?
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.

30 Mar 2018 - 4:11PM

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.

Why China won’t be sidelined in North Korean affairs 
It’s time to outlaw animal cruelty in China
No defence for a pseudo Chinese custom like dog eating
Seeing animals as a resource is a cruel substitute for real wildlife protection in China