Victor Robert Lee

Victor Robert Lee writes on the Asia-Pacific region and is the author of the espionage novel Performance Anomalies, described by The Japan Times as “a thoroughly original work of fiction.” His recent field reporting from the South China Sea and East China Sea can be found in The Diplomat and elsewhere. His reporting has been cited in The Economist, Bloomberg View, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Mainichi Shimbun, BBC News, CNN, Asahi Shimbun, The Straits Times, National Geographic and other media, as well as in hearings of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Stories From Asia interviewed Victor Robert Lee regarding Beijing’s ambitions, neuroscience, Kazakhstan, hang-gliding, and the origins of the spy hero of Performance Anomalies. A transcript is available here. He uses a pen name to avoid being denied travel visas by authoritarian governments.