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October 9, 2007

Financial Markets
Outsourced (the United States’ strong dollar policy)

Alan Ruskin of RBS Greenwich capital makes an important point in the Financial Times.  The US has effectively outsourced its strong dollar policy to the emerging world.    It isn't even clear tha…

July 9, 2008

China
Maybe China is a typical creditor after all

Creditors through the ages haven’t liked to take policy advice from debtors. They generally tend to think that borrowers should listen to the advice offered by those lending them money. And they…

July 31, 2008

China
Back to the future: Is China’s new RMB policy China’s old RMB policy?

The odds that the US slipped into a recession around the turn of the year have increased. Nouriel Roubini is convinced. Jim Hamilton isn’t. The risk that US growth may slow later the in year …

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January 29, 2009

Monetary Policy
Read Dean, Areddy and Ng on the management of China’s reserves during the crisis

Dean, Areddy and Ng key their story off Wen’s criticism of US economic management. But it is really much more about the political fallout inside China from China’s losses on investments that they c…

January 30, 2009

Monetary Policy
Secrets of SAFE: A trillion of Treasuries here, a trillion there and pretty soon you are talking about real money ...

China has $1946 billion in reserves. The PBoC had another $185 billion in “other foreign assets” at the end of November. Given the fall in China’s reserve requirement, now likely has maybe $160 …

Secrets of SAFE: A trillion of Treasuries here, a trillion there and pretty soon you are talking about real money ...

March 14, 2009

Monetary Policy
China has more to worry about than its Treasury holdings

Premier Wen knows how to get attention; all he has to do is raise a few doubts about China’s ongoing willingness to keep on buying US assets. The FT, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times …

China has more to worry about than its Treasury holdings

December 31, 2010

Friday File: Let it Snow

Above the Fold. President Obama had the right idea in heading off to Hawaii. I opted for Boston and was rewarded with 20-plus inches of snow. That would have been great if I liked to ski or shovel …

Friday File: Let it Snow

January 1, 2011

China
Building Regional Stability on the Korean Peninsula: A Chinese Perspective

Shen Dingli is Professor and Executive Dean of the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai. Recent turbulence on the Korean Peninsula raises several key questions: What is t…

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January 21, 2011

Friday File: Obama 2.0

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle examine the bible used for his swearing-in ceremony in Washington. (Poll New/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. President Obama has reached the halfway po…

U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle examine the bible used for his swearing-in ceremony in Washington

February 25, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
TWE Remembers: John Foster Dulles

Every day thousands of people fly into and out of Washington’s Dulles International Airport. Few of them think about the man for whom the airport is named, John Foster Dulles. He was born on this day…

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