What If America Doesn’t Recover From Trump?

January 20, 2021

With two-thirds of Republicans still believing that President Joe Biden’s election was fraudulent, the Republican Party faces what could prove to be an existential fork in the road. Does it double down on Trump and Trumpism at this juncture or does it reject his divisive legacy root and branch...

It’s Time to Put Guardrails in Place in Washington

January 08, 2021

Americans have historically been fond of pounding their chests when proclaiming US “exceptionalism,” believing that what happens elsewhere in the world doesn’t happen here. That was until Donald Trump came steamrolling in. His supporters’ storming of the US Capitol on Wednesday was a...

America Gets Rid of Trump, But Not Trumpism

November 07, 2020

The degree to which about half the US electorate supported Donald Trump in this presidential election, following a steady stream of outrages over the past four years, is a sad testament to how small-minded a significant percentage of the American public remains. The partisan battle lines have only...

Does Beijing Prefer Biden or Trump?

October 20, 2020

Few major events occur in the world now occur without China having a stake, directly or indirectly, in their outcome. That is because Beijing has become a force to be reckoned with, and its influence has grown to rival or even surpass that of the US in many parts of the world. Just as elections...

Will China’s Digital Currency Revolutionize Global Payments?

October 05, 2020

China is well on its way to becoming a cashless society. More than 600 million Chinese already use Alibaba’s Alipay and Tencent’s WeChat Pay to pay for much of what they purchase. Between them, the two companies control approximately 90% of China’s mobile payments market, which totaled some...

The Unintended Economic Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

September 04, 2020

China’s footprint in global foreign direct investment (FDI) has increased notably since the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013. That served to bring Chinese overseas FDI closer to a level that one would expect, based on the country’s weight in the global economy. China...

The BRI: Keeping the Plates Spinning on China’s Economy

August 19, 2020

For decades, the Chinese government has sold to the world the notion that the Chinese economy can defy gravity, maintaining double-digit GDP growth rates year after year in the 1990s and 2000s, and staying above 6% for all of the previous decade, according to official government statistics. The...

China Is Flexing Its Muscles in the South China Sea

July 20, 2020

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, China is taking advantage of the chaos and the preoccupation of governments with battling the pandemic. Beijing has long been opportunistic, so it is using what it sees as a unique confluence of circumstances to strengthen its strategic,...

Herd Immunity May Be Our Best Hope

July 06, 2020

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, analysts have been opining about when a vaccine may be discovered and become widely available. Many suggest that it is simply a matter of time, given how many organizations around the world are busy racing to find a cure. But that assumption could well be...

Why Are American Companies Still Operating in China?

April 22, 2020

When China established itself as the epicenter of global manufacturing some 20 years ago, its lure was evident. Chinese labor was cheap, and more than a billion potential consumers had whet the appetite of many large businesses. Although, over the past decade in particular, the country’s...

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