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.

Latest from Robert Boxwell

Opinion | Police and protesters need to make peace, to end the insanity of Hongkongers fighting Hongkongers

Continuing the violence will only erode global support for the protesters’ cause. Peaceful protests are the only way forward in a deeply divided Hong Kong.

29 Sep 2019 - 7:21AM

Continuing the violence will only erode global support for the protesters’ cause. Peaceful protests are the only way forward in a deeply divided Hong Kong.

Police and protesters need to make peace, to end the insanity of Hongkongers fighting Hongkongers
Opinion | Hong Kong’s business is everyone’s business: as protests rage on, world leaders should make sure China knows that

The violent suppression of the Hong Kong protesters could have stark consequence for world trade, and even world peace. It is therefore in world leaders interests to draw clear boundaries for Beijing over how to respond to them

29 Aug 2019 - 9:09AM

The violent suppression of the Hong Kong protesters could have stark consequence for world trade, and even world peace. It is therefore in world leaders interests to draw clear boundaries for Beijing over how to respond to them

Hong Kong’s business is everyone’s business: as protests rage on, world leaders should make sure China knows that
Opinion | Did Ross Perot give us Donald Trump? His anti-free trade 1992 campaign certainly gave us the blueprint

Perot was the original quotable outsider businessman to become presidential front-runner through free trade scepticism. His strange 1992 campaign may also have got Bill Clinton elected, setting the wheels in motion for Trump’s rise.

13 Jul 2019 - 3:07AM

Perot was the original quotable outsider businessman to become presidential front-runner through free trade scepticism. His strange 1992 campaign may also have got Bill Clinton elected, setting the wheels in motion for Trump’s rise.

Did Ross Perot give us Donald Trump? His anti-free trade 1992 campaign certainly gave us the blueprint
Opinion | How China’s rise is helping to unite America behind Donald Trump’s trade war

Beijing’s decision to substantially revise a draft trade agreement and the veiled threat on supplies of rare earth metals have provoked Americans who believe Washington is making a fair request for market access and an end to tech theft.

28 May 2019 - 3:44AM

Beijing’s decision to substantially revise a draft trade agreement and the veiled threat on supplies of rare earth metals have provoked Americans who believe Washington is making a fair request for market access and an end to tech theft.

How China’s rise is helping to unite America behind Donald Trump’s trade war
Opinion | To protect US trade, Donald Trump needs to stand firm on intellectual property protection demands with China

If the US loses its technological edge, the trade war is irrevocably lost. Not just Trump but many Americans believe it would be better to have no deal at all than one that fails to satisfy the US on the intellectual property issue.

8 May 2019 - 3:35AM

If the US loses its technological edge, the trade war is irrevocably lost. Not just Trump but many Americans believe it would be better to have no deal at all than one that fails to satisfy the US on the intellectual property issue.

To protect US trade, Donald Trump needs to stand firm on intellectual property protection demands with China
Opinion | The ‘big dumb guy’ and why a China trade deal will be a flop

Watching the US inch toward a watered-down trade agreement is like watching the big dumb guy reach for a doorknob in a horror movie

27 Apr 2019 - 9:19PM

Watching the US inch toward a watered-down trade agreement is like watching the big dumb guy reach for a doorknob in a horror movie

The ‘big dumb guy’ and why a China trade deal will be a flop
Opinion | After Robert Mueller’s report, the partisan US press must reflect on how it played into China’s hands

Determined to smear the US president while attracting more readers, the US press, including respected newspapers, sold a story of collusion with Russia that rested on questionable foundations. In the process, democracy began to look less credible.

30 Mar 2019 - 1:53AM

Determined to smear the US president while attracting more readers, the US press, including respected newspapers, sold a story of collusion with Russia that rested on questionable foundations. In the process, democracy began to look less credible.

After Robert Mueller’s report, the partisan US press must reflect on how it played into China’s hands
Opinion | China and Donald Trump have a problem. On trade, US Democrats may be even more hawkish

The US president opened the door to the trade war but may not be able to shut it – now both parties in Washington and allies abroad are pushing for massive changes to China’s economy.

15 Mar 2019 - 2:08AM

The US president opened the door to the trade war but may not be able to shut it – now both parties in Washington and allies abroad are pushing for massive changes to China’s economy.

China and Donald Trump have a problem. On trade, US Democrats may be even more hawkish
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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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
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

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

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

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

20 Aug 2018 - 8:59AM

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

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

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?

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

27 Mar 2018 - 6:50PM

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

China’s challenges are not the same as Japan’s – they’re worse
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

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

Regulators must get to grips with China’s stock-market manipulators, but are they up to the job?
Uber's rabble-rousing tactics mean its days in Hong Kong and mainland China are numbered
Uber on a collision course with China's taxi drivers and cartels
Dual-class share structures would be ill-advised in Hong Kong