Trump’s Trade War: Crazy or Genius?

Stock markets dive.  Advisers quit.  Republicans fret (at least some of them).  Democrats concur (at least some of them).  Industries and companies take sides.  Countries protest and promise retaliation.  It…

Is Trump Finally Going to Get Tough on Trade with China?

Candidate Donald Trump said China is “raping” the US on trade and that China’s trade surplus constituted a huge transfer of wealth from the US to China.  He said that…

Xi: Having his cake and eating it, too

In his opening speech at the 19th National Congress for the Communist Party, Chinese President Xi Jinping said he wants the market to be the “decisive” mechanism in the economy,…

Who wins a trade war between the US and China?

If Conor McGregor loses his fight against Floyd Mayweather but earns more than $75 million, way more than he ever earned for any other fight, is he really going to…

Will China actually help with North Korea?

Even Donald Trump, who once tweeted his appreciation for China’s help on North Korea and then followed a few months later with a tweet that said “so much for China…

Capitalism kills? Think again.

“Capitalism kills” read one of the signs at the protests at the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany where a reported 100,000 people took to the streets, cars were burnt, property…

Chinese Exceptionalism: Is China the new role model?

Is China on the way to becoming the new role model for the world, supplanting the US?  Not so fast.  Yes, China has been on a roll for forty years. …

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…