Can Trump Really “Win” Against China

Donald Trump has been saying that China is “killing” the US and, if he’s president, we will “win” against China.  Can The Donald actually do what he claims?  Can he “win” against China?  I would say the answer is “yes and no,” and depends to a large degree on how you define “win.”

Why (Some) Conservatives Are Wrong About China

A bit of perspective helps correct misperceptions     Let me begin by saying I am a conservative.  So the comments below are not meant to be disparaging of those…

A Realistic Assessment of Human Rights in China

One hundred years after American Civil War, segregation was alive and well in the South. Given that China is only 35 years removed from the era of totalitarian communism, is…

Why Conservatives Are Wrong About China

A bit of perspective helps correct misperceptions   Let me begin by saying I am a conservative. So the comments below are not meant to be disparaging of those with…

Why Donald Trump is mostly wrong about China

If the Chinese weren’t paying attention to the US presidential campaign before, they are now. On August 11 China allowed its currency to devalue by roughly 2% and Donald Trump went ballistic, assailing China for economic misdeeds far and wide with characteristically bombastic style.

Why China won’t start a currency war

Some said China’s small currency devaluation on August 11 would lead to a currency war.  It hasn’t happened yet as China has not allowed the RMB to fall much below the level that was reached on the day of the devaluation.  The fact is there is more reason for China to support the RMB than to let it depreciate.  Here’s why that is the case. 

Why is China Driving the US Stock Market?

Uncertainty and the impact on the global economy make China a major factor   China isn’t the only reason US stock market plunged last Friday. But it was a big…

Did China Just Blink?

Is China’s currency devaluation a sign of desperation?  Is a hard landing now unavoidable?   Everyone knew China’s double-digit growth rate couldn’t last forever. Optimists were hoping for a “soft…

US Politicians Ignoring the Reality of China’s Currency “Manipulation”

It is the market that wants China’s currency to devalue, not China’s government   As China’s recent currency devaluation rekindles the “currency manipulator” argument and rapidly enters the presidential campaign…

Is China a Currency Manipulator?

China’s decision to allow its currency to devalue by 2% on Tuesday (8/11/15) will certainly reignite the debate as to whether China manipulates its currency, primarily for the purpose of giving…