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John Lee

John Lee is Director of East-West Futures, which provides research and commentary services in political and risk analysis. Previously, he was a Senior Analyst at the Mercator Institute for China Studies, and worked for Australia’s Department of Defence and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. John holds Master’s degrees from the Australian National University and King’s College London, and is an admitted Australian legal practitioner. His work focuses on the global impacts of China’s digital technology industries and cyberspace governance system. 

Articles by John Lee (13)

  • Brexit: The view from China

    Reports that China’s central bank will allow a further fall in the renminbi, which is already trading at its lowest level in over five years, highlight Beijing leadership’s immediate concerns over Brexit. Premier Li Keqiang’s speech to the World Economic Forum last week painted a gloomy picture of the impact on an already weak global economy, which he followed with a bland commitment to maintain and grow ‘relations with the EU and the UK’.
  • Brexit: The view from Berlin

    'One has to face up to the fact that the other members of the EU have been slagged off fairly royally, and they're the people who you would be negotiating with.' That was the assessment two weeks ago of Lord Jonathan Hill, who on Saturday resigned as Britain's European Commissioner. First among those other members is undoubtedly Germany, which on Saturday hosted a meeting of the EU's 'founding six' as an initial attempt at cobbling together a response to Brexit.
  • Chinese innovation: More than a fast follower? (Part 1)

    The first part of this two-part series examines China's sustained prioritisation of innovation,  a relatively new factor in the global knowledge economy that for the last half century has been dominated by the Western countries and Japan, and to a smaller extent in recent years by South Korea and Taiwan. Read part two here. The recently announced raft of Australia-China joint research initiatives align with the Turnbull government's focus on innovation as an economic driver.