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Pardon the Appearance . . .

Pardon the Appearance . . .

  [Beijing's Bird's Nest, under construction in preparation for the 08 Olympic Games] . . . while we undergo some (re)construction. Please stay tuned!

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The Other Side of the Story

The Other Side of the Story

Stan Abram's China Heresay blog led me to this James Fallows' article for theAtlantic.com, recounting his personal experience in China with middle school girls, who he describes as "charming" and "open-spirited." A reminder that despite its unfortunate portrayal as a looming military and economic threat, China is doing ...

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Benchmark! Free Trade for Beijing – Wellington

Benchmark! Free Trade for Beijing – Wellington

Prime Minister Helen Clark of New Zealand, left, and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China  after the signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (China Daily/Reuters) China and New Zealand have signed a free trade agreement, effective October 1st, marking the first concluded agreement ...

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The China Trade Fair 2008, Kathmandu

The China Trade Fair 2008, Kathmandu

China will be setting up shop in Kathmandu April 25-28, driven by Nepal China Executives Council (NCEC) and the PRC Embassy in Nepal to educate the Nepali people on modern machinery, automobiles, electronics, medical and agricultural instruments, and home appliances.  Nepal looks to learn, ...

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Boycotting the Olympics? How about Boycotting your SUV?

Boycotting the Olympics? How about Boycotting your SUV?

(Hummer H6 Player Edition is a $103,000 "Super SUV," six-wheeled with a horse power of 325hp and torque of 365 lbs-ft) Darfur and the Olympic games. China is a key player in both, but rather than throwing a blanket over both issues to determine cause-effect and prescribe a solution, we ...

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China & Hillary

China & Hillary

According to NPR, a survey of almost 5,000 Chinese shows that support for candidates is divided as follows: Clinton – 60% Obama – 24% McCain – 7% The clip explains that Hillary is favored simply because she is the most known.  Let us not forget her address at the 1995 UN World Conference on ...

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Boosting Cuba

Boosting Cuba

(Adalberto Roque / Agence-France Presse) The timing of it all! With Castro out and the prospect of a waning trade embargo in a new American administration, Beijing stands a little taller this spring. It is openly noted that Raul Castro is ready to replicate China in planning for Cuban economic ...

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X-Post // From Sao Paolo to Shanghai: Inequality and Growth, Past and Present, by R. Basas

X-Post // From Sao Paolo to Shanghai: Inequality and Growth, Past and Present, by R. Basas

For US-China Trade's first-ever cross post, I am excited to vehicle this article by Rich Basas (blogger for FPA's Latin America blog, and co-blogger for the Migration blog). He compares patterns of economy between Brazil and China and parallels their struggle with growth and unequal dispersion of wealth.

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The Rebalancing Act, v.2

FPA sent me a link to an article opposing the theory that the trade imbalance between China and other major players can be resolved by a stronger Yuan. David D. Hale and Lyric Hughes Hale frame the problem as one larger than the imbalance between China's exports and the ...

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The Rebalancing Act

The Yuan is still up while the USD continues to lower in value.  What does this mean for China? According to this article, huge losses (Billions) for the People's Bank of China. China's surplus situation is forcing the country to sell its RMB to buy dollar assets, and ...

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Going for Gold

Going for Gold

We've all read that Beijing is bringing its A-game for the upcoming Olympic games. As a major milestone and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show face as a key international player, the country is busying itself with strategic preparations to deliver an effective and meaningful

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Engaged!

Engaged!

[Christoper Padilla by Al Diaz for the Miami Herald] In 2000, under the direction of the Clinton Administration, the US found itself at a critical juncture for decision: further integrate China into the global economy, or throw away decades spent building a trusting relationship? Now, with the deepening bilateral trade ...

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SED, Round III: Beijing

SED, Round III: Beijing

  January 17 and 18, China and the US held the third round of the Strategic Economic Dialogue in Beijing.   The SED is a cabinet-level series of summits began by President Hu Jin Tao and President George W. Bush in August, 2006 to address and smooth over Sino-American ...

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Overview: US – China Trade Issues

The FPA's Great Decisions 2008 program's television series broadcasted on PBS offers a show featuring US-China Trade, and summarily introduces a number of issues affecting the global economy and Sino-American relations: Agricultural trade. How do China's geographic, agricultural, and environmental characteristics uniquely position the US to enjoy a mutually beneficial trade relationship with ...

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US and China: Environmentally-Friendly?

US and China: Environmentally-Friendly?

China's Three Gorges on the Yangtze River With measured holiday celebrations by Americans this year, the US finds itself in a thick and thorny growing trade deficit with China. Recent reports by the US Commerce Department that overall trade deficits have declined in the ...

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