Donald Trump: Good for Free Trade?

America’s most protectionist president in recent history might just become the best thing to happen to free trade in decades.   Days before the start of the G20 Meeting in…

US v. China Showdown: Is China still communist?

My first job in China was to manage a joint venture in a remote mining town.  Our partner was an old-line Chinese state owned enterprise—a real communist organization.  The CEO…

US v. China Showdown: China is still a low income country

  My experience is that, when Americans go to China for the first time, the first two things they notice and comment on are 1.) that Chinese people often don’t…

US v. China: The “Frenemy” Showdown

Donald Trump has said China is “raping” the US.  He accused China of perpetrating the greatest heist in history by taking wealth from the US.  Then he broke 40 years…

US out of TPP: Is that good for China?

Signaling that he is indeed serious about trade, one of Donald Trump’s first acts in office was to put a halt to US participation in the Transpacific Trade Partnership or…

Trump on Taiwan: New Sheriff or New Policy

Donald Trump poked China with a stick this week by speaking on the phone with the President of Taiwan, something that hasn’t happened since 1979 when the US formally recognized…

Why Trump and Hillary are blaming China and Globalization

The truth requires painful changes many Americans don’t want to make   Donald Trump is running the most virulent anti-trade campaign in history, threatening to upset the entire global trade…

From Milwaukee to Iraq: Culture Counts

When Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County said that absentee fathers, gangs, questionable lifestyle behaviors, and related pathologies are at the root of the recent rioting in Milwaukee, he was…

It’s Foreign Affairs and Globalization, Stupid!

“It’s the economy, stupid!”   That was the mantra uttered by the first Clinton presidential candidate in 1992.   Focusing on the economy is actually typical of most election cycles and…

Elitism: Declining in China, Rising in the US

“In America, does everyone have to follow the law?  Even leaders, are they punished if they don’t follow the law?”    When I took my first job in China in…