Robert Lawrence Kuhn

Robert Lawrence Kuhn

Robert Lawrence Kuhn is a public intellectual, international corporate strategist and investment banker, and a China political/economics commentator featured on the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg. For more than 25 years, he has worked with China’s leaders. He has published over 30 books, including How China’s Leaders Think (featuring President Xi Jinping), and The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin. He is the host of Closer to China with R.L.Kuhn on CCTV News.

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Opinion | China’s foreign investment law will be credible. Xi Jinping will see to it

The Chinese president’s commitment to globalisation, and understanding that China’s credibility is at stake, will ensure the proposed law will indeed curb predatory practices aimed at foreign businesses and level the playing field for them.

13 Mar 2019 - 2:00PM

The Chinese president’s commitment to globalisation, and understanding that China’s credibility is at stake, will ensure the proposed law will indeed curb predatory practices aimed at foreign businesses and level the playing field for them.

China’s foreign investment law will be credible. Xi Jinping will see to it
Opinion | The reason why the US-China trade talks will work: it’s the personal touch

President Xi and President Trump have too much invested in the trade dispute personally to let the talks fail

18 Dec 2018 - 12:10PM

President Xi and President Trump have too much invested in the trade dispute personally to let the talks fail

The reason why the US-China trade talks will work: it’s the personal touch
US-China trade war could end with a ‘big deal’ through baby steps towards mutual understanding

The US must accept China’s need to support the technological development, while China should work with US policymakers who oppose tariffs but want the country to further open its markets and protect intellectual property rights.

30 Aug 2018 - 6:15AM

The US must accept China’s need to support the technological development, while China should work with US policymakers who oppose tariffs but want the country to further open its markets and protect intellectual property rights.

US-China trade war could end with a ‘big deal’ through baby steps towards mutual understanding
Opinion | Is ZTE ban the start of a tech war between China and the US? 

The dispute over ZTE and the related issues of trade and technology are worrying for the more fundamental problem they point to: misunderstanding on both sides of the other’s motives. 

23 May 2019 - 9:12AM

The dispute over ZTE and the related issues of trade and technology are worrying for the more fundamental problem they point to: misunderstanding on both sides of the other’s motives. 

Is ZTE ban the start of a tech war between China and the US? 
Xi Jinping’s power has a purpose – one person to see China through its development plans

International media have fixated on the end of term limits and missed the point; the pivotal moments in Xi Jinping’s rise to unparallelled power happened several months ago, and there’s a reason the party supports him.

9 Mar 2018 - 6:49PM

International media have fixated on the end of term limits and missed the point; the pivotal moments in Xi Jinping’s rise to unparallelled power happened several months ago, and there’s a reason the party supports him.

Xi Jinping’s power has a purpose – one person to see China through its development plans
China, under Xi Jinping, embarks on a quest to win the trust of its people

The public uproar over two recent, unrelated incidents – alleged child abuse at a kindergarten and the eviction of migrant workers in Beijing – highlights how the Chinese leader was right in diagnosing society’s fundamental problem today

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The public uproar over two recent, unrelated incidents – alleged child abuse at a kindergarten and the eviction of migrant workers in Beijing – highlights how the Chinese leader was right in diagnosing society’s fundamental problem today

China, under Xi Jinping, embarks on a quest to win the trust of its people
China’s ‘two sessions’ delivers core message on Xi Jinping’s central role
Why China needs Xi Jinping as its core leader
How America's China watchers misread China
Xi Jinping's 'Four Comprehensives' show the depth of his leadership
To know China, one must understand the Communist Party
Xi's blueprint for rejuvenating China cuts through the fear and confusion

The caller, a Chinese official I respect, asked that I black out October 8. Why, he wouldn't yet say. The project was an unprecedented, 500-plus page book, called Xi Jinping: The Governance of China.

14 Oct 2014 - 2:33AM

The caller, a Chinese official I respect, asked that I black out October 8. Why, he wouldn't yet say. The project was an unprecedented, 500-plus page book, called Xi Jinping: The Governance of China.

Xi's blueprint for rejuvenating China cuts through the fear and confusion
Why China won't be rushed into resolving sovereignty disputes

In early 2012, in the run-up to the 18th Communist Party congress, I was asked to co-produce, host and write - for international audiences - a TV documentary series celebrating the achievements of China's then retiring leaders.

4 Jul 2014 - 12:30AM

In early 2012, in the run-up to the 18th Communist Party congress, I was asked to co-produce, host and write - for international audiences - a TV documentary series celebrating the achievements of China's then retiring leaders.

Why China won't be rushed into resolving sovereignty disputes
China carving a role in Middle Eastern affairs

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to the Middle East and North Africa - Palestine, Israel, Algeria, Morocco and Saudi Arabia - is noteworthy on several levels. It recognises the importance of the region for China's energy security and it reflects the country's growing participation in world affairs.

21 Jun 2018 - 3:08PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to the Middle East and North Africa - Palestine, Israel, Algeria, Morocco and Saudi Arabia - is noteworthy on several levels. It recognises the importance of the region for China's energy security and it reflects the country's growing participation in world affairs.

China carving a role in Middle Eastern affairs
Reform blueprint underscores Xi Jinping's transformative vision

The Communist Party's third plenum is history - figuratively in that the crucial conclave has concluded and we have the results, and literally in that the transformative vision is truly historic.

16 Dec 2013 - 3:45AM

The Communist Party's third plenum is history - figuratively in that the crucial conclave has concluded and we have the results, and literally in that the transformative vision is truly historic.

Reform blueprint underscores Xi Jinping's transformative vision
Xi proves to be no Mao follower, but a disciple of Deng
Xi Jinping, a nationalist and a reformer
Time to redraw mental map of Sino-US issues

This week, the fifth round of the US-China strategic and economic dialogue is being held under all-new co-chairs: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, and China's State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Vice-Premier Wang Yang .

11 Jul 2013 - 3:01AM

This week, the fifth round of the US-China strategic and economic dialogue is being held under all-new co-chairs: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, and China's State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Vice-Premier Wang Yang .

Time to redraw mental map of Sino-US issues
Achieving common ground in China-US foreign policy is no pipe dream

I have a dream that, in a future Syria-like crisis, the US and China will be arm-in-arm allies, working together to convince others of the high-minded rectitude of their joint initiative to maintain peace and enhance prosperity. It is a dream, in truth, that would benefit China and the world - yet it is a dream, in reality, that China-watchers would dismiss as a "pipe dream". Pessimism prevails, which is why China-US disputations over Syria are worth examining.

14 Sep 2013 - 2:45AM

I have a dream that, in a future Syria-like crisis, the US and China will be arm-in-arm allies, working together to convince others of the high-minded rectitude of their joint initiative to maintain peace and enhance prosperity. It is a dream, in truth, that would benefit China and the world - yet it is a dream, in reality, that China-watchers would dismiss as a "pipe dream". Pessimism prevails, which is why China-US disputations over Syria are worth examining.

Achieving common ground in China-US foreign policy is no pipe dream