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June 22, 2005

Capital Flows
The joys of being a creditor nation

China is on track to add between $250 and $300 billion to its reserves this year. That is a lot of money. Enough to have an impact on global bond markets. Enough to buy several oil companies. As…

August 12, 2005

United States
The June trade data. Changes in relative prices do matter

The June trade deficit -- $58.8 billion -- was a bit bigger than the market expected, and quite a bit bigger than the May deficit ($55.4 b).   Annualized, it works out to a $706 billion trade deficit…

September 12, 2005

China
Show me the money (really, show me China’s reserves)

China's Alan Greenspan (Zhou Xiaochuan) has indicated China won't roil financial markets with "active composition adjustments of the foreign reserves."  fine.   But any central bank adding ab…

December 13, 2007

Financial Markets
Euro-yuan-dollar diplomacy

Europe to China: Please do not buy any more euros.EU economic and monetary affairs commissioner Joaquin Almunia said China should not take any steps to increase its euro reserves at the moment.  Aske…

May 5, 2008

China
Chinese state investment abroad: familiar or something new?

Henny Sender has an excellent account of China’s decision not to allow the China Development Bank (CDB) to invest in Citibank in January in Monday’s Financial Times. It follows on Richard McGregor…

June 24, 2008

China
Why not more articles on China’s reserve growth? And just who are Chinese banks lending to?

Yves Smith asks why the stunning $75 billion increase in China’s April reserves hasn’t attracted more press attention. It is a good question. Part of the answer is that many -- journalists as wel…

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December 30, 2008

Monetary Policy
China has lost its appetite for risky assets

George Chen of Reuters reports that both the CIC and SAFE are scaling back their investment in risky assets. Word has come down from on high. China’s foreign exchange watchdog, the State Administr…

February 1, 2010

South Korea
Stakes Rise for U.S.-ROK Nuclear Energy Talks

Miles A. Pomper is a Senior Research Associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Washington, DC. When South Korea and the United States negotiated their last nuclear coopera…

South Korea and UAE contract

December 21, 2009

China
The Decade’s Top Ten Game-Changers in U.S.-China Relations

It’s the end of the year, and end of a decade, and we here at Asia Unbound are not immune to the easy lure of the “Top Ten” list. OK, it’s not the Top Ten “Accidental Celebrities” or “Cultural Momen…

October 8, 2010

China
What Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Means for the Rest of China

All the political swirl surrounding Liu Xiaobo and his Nobel Peace Prize will soon die down, returning again no doubt when the prizes are actually awarded in December. For me, as I have written in pr…

A policeman stands guard as reporters wait at the entrance of a residential compound where Liu Xia, the wife of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, lives in Beijing October 8, 2010. Imprisoned Chinese pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, an announcement that Beijing had anticipated and bitterly criticised. Reuters/Petar Kujundzic