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Xi’s African Charm Offensive

Xi’s African Charm Offensive

Incoming Chinese president Xi Jinping’s first trip as head of state took him to Russia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo late last month.  His inaugural trip was much heralded back in China as an assertion of Beijing’s growing soft power, and its ability to develop friendly relations …

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China Promises to Rescue the EU… Again?

China Promises to Rescue the EU… Again?


Amidst all that is happening in the Arab world (escalating violence in Syria, and nuclear brinkmanship by Iran) and the never-ending (epic) saga of the Greek sovereign debt crisis, comes the delayed EU-China summit in Beijing this week (February 14, 2012).
Held on …

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From Rabbit to Dragon? More Like the Other Way Around. A Review of China in 2011.

From Rabbit to Dragon? More Like the Other Way Around.  A Review of China in 2011.


Last year was the Year of the Rabbit for the Chinese – promising among other things good luck!  However, China which came out of the global financial crisis almost unscathed (or at least better off than most major world economies) hit one …

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APEC and the TPP – The Best Way to Deal with China’s Harmful Trade Policies.

APEC and the TPP – The Best Way to Deal with China’s Harmful Trade Policies.


Last month Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proclaimed, in an article for the Foreign Policy Magazine, ‘America’s Pacific Century’! This week, President Obama will be laying the foundation through …

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A ‘Fall of Discontent’ for U.S.-China Trade Relations.

A ‘Fall of Discontent’ for U.S.-China Trade Relations.


Global economic developments this year, along with the impact of safe-haven investment flows have led to the appreciation of the dollar in global markets, contributed to the high level of unemployment in the U.S. and increased the chances for a double-dip recession …

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China’s Efforts to Internationalize its Currency

China’s Efforts to Internationalize its Currency


It is a well know fact that China undervalues its currency, by pegging the renminbi (RMB) to the dollar at an artificially low level.  This, along with other subsidies and mercantilist trade policies, keeps Chinese exports cheap, and thus more attractive to …

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China’s Response to the Downgrade of America’s Credit Rating Should be to Diversify and Not Just Criticize.

China’s Response to the Downgrade of America’s Credit Rating Should be to Diversify and Not Just Criticize.


A lot has been said by the major Western news sources (WSJ, Bloomberg, FT, NY Times) about China’s reaction to the downgrade of the U.S. creditworthiness.  Although there has been no official comment from Beijing since the downgrade, the Xinhua news agency …

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Jon Huntsman for President of Chimerica!

Jon Huntsman for President of Chimerica!

In this multi-polar world we live in, cooperation among the top three world powers (U.S., China, EU – see my previous post on ‘Triangle World Order’) will be paramount in fixing global problems like the global …

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The Other China: Will the ECFA Be the End of Ma if Taiwanese Don't 'Choose Right…'

The Other China: Will the ECFA Be the End of Ma if Taiwanese Don't 'Choose Right…'

Firstly, an update to my previous post concerning Chinese Cyber-Espionage attacks on the U.S. and other developed nations.  AP national writer, Pauline Arrillaga, did a much broader write-up on the issue, here.  It is definitely worth …

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China’s Innovation Policies – The Real Danger for the U.S Economy???

China’s Innovation Policies – The Real Danger for the U.S Economy???


U.S. experts and politicians are starting to hone into the ‘dangers’ of R&D and technology transfers to China, as the most serious long-term threat to the U.S. economy and national security.  U.S. comparative advantage (innovation and new technologies) is being undermined by outsourcing of …

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The Dragon's Demographic Challenge: How Fast Can China Grow?

The Dragon's Demographic Challenge: How Fast Can China Grow?

I recently came across an interesting paper at Brookings by Wang Feng,  The Future of a Demographic Overachiever: Long-Term Implications of the Demographic Transition in China.  The title of the paper …

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Trading With the Enemy: The Bear and the Dragon Update

In an update to the previous post, Russia is already accusing China of trying to fix market prices for the new Skovorodino-Daqing.  That’s very shocking, I know. Business Insider posted an article stating that the Russian …

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Trading With the Enemy: The Bear and the Dragon

Trading With the Enemy: The Bear and the Dragon

In the last installment of the two part “Trading with the Enemy” Series, this blog looked a serious issues of contention affecting Sino-American trade-relations, cyber-espionage and hacking.  Now we will examine a  little discussed area of discomfort,  trade between China and …

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Trading With The Enemy: Sino-American Cyber-Espionage

Trading With The Enemy: Sino-American Cyber-Espionage

China has over 400 million internet users, more than any other nation.  This exponentially increasing population of Chinese netizens entering the global  internet community has not come without serious negative externality.   Over the past decade, there has been a marked increase in cyber-espionage and hacking coming from Mainland China.  Espionage …

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China’s Housing Market – an Inflationary Bubble, or a Sustainable Boom?

China’s Housing Market – an Inflationary Bubble, or a Sustainable Boom?

Once again, inflation increased in China last month by more than economists expected, as rising commodity costs and inflows of capital threaten to overheat economies across Asia.  China’s consumer prices rose 5.4% from a year earlier, the fastest pace since 2008, according to statistical reports coming out of China.  Four …

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