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May 3, 2018

China
The Rising Bilateral Deficit with China and the Negotiations Over China 2025

A short review of the March U.S. trade data and a lot of speculation about the arc of the Sino-American economic relationship in light of the non-negotiability of Made in China 2025.

The Rising Bilateral Deficit with China and the Negotiations Over China 2025

April 24, 2018

International Economic Policy
Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back

East Asia (China, Japan, and the NIEs) ran a $600 billion current account surplus in 2017. "Official" (central bank and sovereign fund) outflows accounted for about half of that. Asia's foreign excha…

Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back

April 18, 2018

Technology and Innovation
Democrats Can Campaign on Technology for Edge in 2020

America-first rhetoric omits two important causes of middle America's economic woes: technology and automation. Democrats could use this to their advantage in the 2020 presidential election.  

Robotic arms assemble Tesla Model S sedans at the company's factory in Fremont, California.

April 13, 2018

Thailand
Previewing the U.S. Treasury’s April Foreign Exchange Report

The U.S. Treasury Department’s next foreign exchange report is due on April 15—so it should come out soon, maybe even tonight. Normally the section on China attracts all the attention. But righ…

Previewing the U.S. Treasury’s April Foreign Exchange Report

February 15, 2018

China
U.S. Policy Toward China: Dumping the Baby, the Bathwater, and the Tub

According to a recent Foreign Affairs article, U.S. policy toward China has failed. Two senior Asia officials who served in the Obama administration, my good friends Kurt Campbell and Ely Ratner (who…

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017.

December 28, 2017

United States
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

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September 19, 2012

United States
How to Talk to China

The policy of the Obama administration toward China has been a failure. Secretary Clinton’s recent trip was a reminder of this, because it was filled with friction and achieved very little. Here is a…

June 7, 2016

China
Podcast: Environmental Degradation and Political Change in China

China’s economic miracle has imposed tremendous social costs.  In December 2015, as levels of PM2.5—the deadliest airborne particles—were forecast to be more than twenty times the level considered sa…

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June 3, 2016

China
Friday Asia Update: Five Stories From the Week of June 3, 2016

Rachel Brown, Lincoln Davidson, Theresa Lou, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. China releases ambitious plan to clean up polluted soil. In 2014, the …

China Soil Pollution

March 9, 2016

China
A Hard Landing for Chinese "Parachute Kids"?

Pei-Yu Wei is an intern for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. On February 17, 2016, three Chinese “parachute kids” were sentenced to prison after bullying their classmate last March …

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