Victor Robert Lee

Victor Robert Lee writes on the Asia-Pacific region.


South China Sea: China’s Spratlys Building Program At Full Speed

Subi Reef looks next in line for an airstrip


By Victor Robert Lee

High-resolution satellite images from April 17, 2015 reveal that in the space of ten weeks China has built an island on top of Subi Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands group. The dimensions and shape of the…


China is building on the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea

High-resolution satellite images show expansion of a runway at Woody Island and large areas of new landfill on Duncan


China’s New Military Installations in the Spratly Islands: Satellite Image Update

By Victor Robert Lee


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…


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…