Robert Boxwell

Robert Boxwell has worked and lived in the Asia-Pacific region since the early 1990s. He is an occasional contributor on business and regional issues to the South China Morning Post, Reuters, Financial Times and Bloomberg and is writing a book on the recent batch of insider trading prosecutions in the US. He lives in Kuala Lumpur, where he is a director of the international consultancy Opera Advisors.
Robert Boxwell
Robert Boxwell has worked and lived in the Asia-Pacific region since the early 1990s. He is an occasional contributor on business and regional issues to the South China Morning Post, Reuters, Financial Times and Bloomberg and is writing a book on the recent batch of insider trading prosecutions in the US. He lives in Kuala Lumpur, where he is a director of the international consultancy Opera Advisors.

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Opinion | Donald Trump caught between his wall and a hard place – China. And Beijing is watching his negotiations very closely

Trump is stuck. If he strikes a deal with Beijing, it may hurt his chances in 2020. If he doesn’t, Wall Street will punish him. Meanwhile, Beijing is monitoring his border wall negotiations, to see if he is a sell-out.

25 Jan 2019 - 3:28AM
Donald Trump caught between his wall and a hard place – China. And Beijing is watching his negotiations very closely

Trump is stuck. If he strikes a deal with Beijing, it may hurt his chances in 2020. If he doesn’t, Wall Street will punish him. Meanwhile, Beijing is monitoring his border wall negotiations, to see if he is a sell-out.

Opinion | The arrest of Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou matters, or not; agreements have been made, or not: welcome to the US-China trade mess

Beijing and Washington can’t even agree on who started the trade war. Nor it is clear how the US intends to verify China’s compliance on the issue of intellectual property theft, which Washington sees as a security threat.

13 Dec 2018 - 2:19AM
The arrest of Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou matters, or not; agreements have been made, or not: welcome to the US-China trade mess

Beijing and Washington can’t even agree on who started the trade war. Nor it is clear how the US intends to verify China’s compliance on the issue of intellectual property theft, which Washington sees as a security threat.

Opinion | When even China hawks and doves agree, it’s time for Trump to tell Americans the painful economic truth about the US-China trade war

Despite their divergent views on trade with China, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro and former Treasury secretary Henry Paulson agree that there will be no quick fix to the trade war – now it’s up to Trump to tell Americans.

17 Nov 2018 - 2:52PM
When even China hawks and doves agree, it’s time for Trump to tell Americans the painful economic truth about the US-China trade war

Despite their divergent views on trade with China, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro and former Treasury secretary Henry Paulson agree that there will be no quick fix to the trade war – now it’s up to Trump to tell Americans.

Trump’s trade war: the one thing he does know is that doing nothing is not the answer

As Donald Trump does what previous American presidents have failed to do: try something – anything – to curtail the mass transfer of technology to China, we look at tariffs in the context of US efforts to rein in abuse of intellectual property rights

19 Nov 2018 - 2:51PM
Trump’s trade war: the one thing he does know is that doing nothing is not the answer

As Donald Trump does what previous American presidents have failed to do: try something – anything – to curtail the mass transfer of technology to China, we look at tariffs in the context of US efforts to rein in abuse of intellectual property rights

How China’s rampant intellectual property theft, long overlooked by US, sparked trade war

The first article in a two-part series exploring the trade war between the world’s two superpowers argues we should have seen it coming.

19 Nov 2018 - 2:49PM
How China’s rampant intellectual property theft, long overlooked by US, sparked trade war

The first article in a two-part series exploring the trade war between the world’s two superpowers argues we should have seen it coming.

How one of Wall Street’s biggest insider trading cases was cracked in 1980s Hong Kong

United States’ case against a flamboyant Taiwanese investor made headlines around the world, and began the end of an era when short prison sentences sometimes made financial crime seem like a good bet

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
How one of Wall Street’s biggest insider trading cases was cracked in 1980s Hong Kong

United States’ case against a flamboyant Taiwanese investor made headlines around the world, and began the end of an era when short prison sentences sometimes made financial crime seem like a good bet

The US-China trade war: can Trump learn from history and resolve it?

China’s inexorable rise has seen an inconsequential trade gap with the US balloon into a multitrillion-dollar chasm. But how and why did it happen, and can Donald Trump really do anything about it?

2 Jul 2018 - 10:55AM
The US-China trade war: can Trump learn from history and resolve it?

China’s inexorable rise has seen an inconsequential trade gap with the US balloon into a multitrillion-dollar chasm. But how and why did it happen, and can Donald Trump really do anything about it?

Trump’s flaws should not distract from the greater imperfections of US-China trade relations

Washington was misled into supporting China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation and it is time for the US to return to trading with like-minded partners.

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Trump’s flaws should not distract from the greater imperfections of US-China trade relations

Washington was misled into supporting China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation and it is time for the US to return to trading with like-minded partners.

Opinion | When ride-sharing titans like Uber and Didi collude, it is the customer who loses out

Uber’s decision to exit Southeast Asia is a win for the ride-sharing behemoths but a loss for the public.

17 Mar 2018 - 10:35PM
When ride-sharing titans like Uber and Didi collude, it is the customer who loses out

Uber’s decision to exit Southeast Asia is a win for the ride-sharing behemoths but a loss for the public.

Trade war revisited: a US clash with China won’t be like its 1980s feud with Japan

US companies can benefit from a trade war, just as they did from the clash with Japan in the 1980s. The effects of this dispute, though, are likely to be more painful than they were 30 years ago.

23 Mar 2018 - 12:58PM
Trade war revisited: a US clash with China won’t be like its 1980s feud with Japan

US companies can benefit from a trade war, just as they did from the clash with Japan in the 1980s. The effects of this dispute, though, are likely to be more painful than they were 30 years ago.

Singapore must preserve Lee Kuan Yew’s home, as a monument to his ideas
Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong is right to choose Parliament to respond to critics – it’s what Lee Kuan Yew would have done
How US fears over the Russian threat led to the rise of China
Why Trump’s trade deal with China is unworthy of America
Will Trump’s hard line on US trade with China mean the end of business as usual?
The US is making a mockery of democracy, and China must be loving it
China’s challenges are not the same as Japan’s – they’re worse

Robert Boxwell says despite some similarities – slowing economies, bad debts and bad demographics – today’s China and the Japan of the 1990s differ in important ways

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
China’s challenges are not the same as Japan’s – they’re worse

Robert Boxwell says despite some similarities – slowing economies, bad debts and bad demographics – today’s China and the Japan of the 1990s differ in important ways

By making too many concessions to China, the West has given ‘wings to a tiger’
Regulators must get to grips with China’s stock-market manipulators, but are they up to the job?

Robert Boxwell says the series of missteps amid volatility in China’s markets shows up the scale of the problem.

25 Oct 2016 - 12:30PM
Regulators must get to grips with China’s stock-market manipulators, but are they up to the job?

Robert Boxwell says the series of missteps amid volatility in China’s markets shows up the scale of the problem.

Uber's rabble-rousing tactics mean its days in Hong Kong and mainland China are numbered
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