Victor Robert Lee

Victor Robert Lee writes on the Asia-Pacific region.


Sri Lanka: Surprising Success for Democracy

Voters end an apparent slide toward dictatorship and confound Beijing’s plans


Sri Lanka: Surprising Success for Democracy

Voters end an apparent slide toward dictatorship and confound Beijing’s plans


A Morning Swim to North Korea

On the Yalu River, Dandong, China

One reason I swim is the sense of freedom I feel in the water. This sensation of unboundedness, of…


Bhutan: The Indian Army’s Front Line in its Himalayan Rivalry With China’s People’s Liberation Army


In late October, on the dirt road that winds north from the Bhutanese town…

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China’s reach into the South China Sea and elsewhere


Beijing’s Next Target in the South China Sea: Indonesia?

Victor Robert Lee reports from Natuna Island, Indonesia


On the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, uncover your ears

In February, America’s commander of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, worryingly


Japan’s Defense Minister Counters Beijing as Obama Visits Asia

Photo: Yonaguni Island protesters face off against police and secret service personnel in an attempt to block Japanese


Manila-Beijing-Washington:

What the Typhoon Revealed

November’s Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda) tragically wiped away thousands of lives…


Cultural Revolution or Cultural Decapitation?


I’ll change her name to Ms. Wang, so she won’t risk retribution from the government. On an overcast November day, Ms. Wang, early forties…


The Last Empire Expands


The world’s last remaining empire is expanding. More than fifty years after the European, Japanese, and American colonial powers largely abandoned their holds on far…