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Green bonds can promote economic growth for Egypt

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Deborah Lehr

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August 2, 2018

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Sustainability has taken another step forward in Egypt this month. On July 18, the Egyptian government announced a regulatory framework for the issuance of green bonds to promote sustainable development. The challenge, however, will be finding projects qualified for the “green” designation, especially since the definition of what constitutes a sustainable project is yet to be standardized in Egypt – or in most markets for that matter. And implementation and enforcement mechanisms for these standards are even less defined.

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How China is winning over the Middle East

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Deborah Lehr

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July 21, 2018

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As President Xi Jinping impels China to take a more active role internationally, the Middle East is becoming one of its key staging grounds. At a gathering of 21 Arab nations in Beijing this month, Xi pledged billions pledged billions in loans and financial aid to support economic development in these countries. At this Arab Summit, well attended by foreign ministers from across the Arab speaking world, the Chinese government successfully elevated their relationship with the region to a “strategic partnership.” Read more about this growing relationship.

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Green Finance

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Can China export fintech?

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Deborah Lehr

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May 28, 2018

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In China, a person can go a whole day without touching cash. One can grab breakfast from a food cart, jump on the subway, buy lunch at a restaurant and a drink from a vending machine, head back home again, stopping off at the grocery store to pick up food for dinner – just using one’s phone. More than 527 million Chinese citizens are doing this every day.

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US-China Trade Talks - Q&A With Deborah Lehr On What America's CEOs Can Expect Going Forward

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Alan H. Fleischmann

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May 24, 2018

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Following threats of a trade war and new tariffs, the United States and China appear to have agreed on a framework for a trade agreement. Earlier this week I spoke with Deborah Lehr, the CEO of Basilinna, a close colleague of mine with deep expertise in China. Lehr is one of the world’s leading voices on US-China relations, having led US negotiations with China across all major sectors as a Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative during the Clinton Administration. Today she helps business executives solve problems and build successful partnerships in Chinese and Middle Eastern markets.

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China's Vice Premier heads to U.S. for trade talks

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May 11, 2018

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Deborah Lehr, CEO of Basilinna, discusses trade relations between the United States and China as the nations prepare to resume trade talks. She speaks with Bloomberg's David Westin on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas."

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Basilinna's CEO Lehr says China Is well prepared for any Trump trade action

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Bloomberg

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April 6, 2018

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Basilinna's CEO, Deborah Lehr, is interviewed on Bloomberg Markets: The Open.

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BBC: Deborah Lehr speaks on China, trade, and tariffs

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March 8, 2018

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Deborah Lehr speaks on BBC World on the possibility of tariffs and what that means for U.S.-China trade relations.

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Bloomberg: What to watch for in China's National People's Congress

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March 6, 2018

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Deborah Lehr, CEO of Basilinna and vice chairman at Paulson Institute, discusses U.S. trade tariffs and the main issues to watch at China's National People's Congress. She speaks with Bloomberg's David Westin on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas."

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Surveillance: We Are in a Reactive Phase, Alden Says

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Bloomberg

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March 5, 2018

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Deborah Lehr speaks with Bloomberg Surveillance on China markets and trade.

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B&R helps China firms to expand in overseas markets

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China Daily

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March 5, 2018

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After years of development, the Belt and Road Initiative is increasingly helping Chinese companies to go global, besides driving regional and global economic growth, said the top executive of Basilinna, a US-based strategic business consulting firm. Deborah Lehr, CEO and founding partner of Basilinna and vice-chairman of The Paulson Institute, a Chicago-based think tank and research institution, said Chinese companies are now ramping up their efforts to expand overseas.

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China's "green teams" wrap up two-year, nationwide inspection

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Leigh Wedell

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February 9, 2018

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After two years traversing the country, China's green inspection teams are back in Beijing and the results are in: 2,900 businesses and more than 18,000 people have been held accountable for violating central-level edicts to clean up the environment. How did the "green teams" hit these staggering numbers?

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New Energy Vehicles

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Driving down a new road: New energy vehicles in China’s green transition

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Deborah Lehr

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February 8, 2018

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China has rapidly emerged at the forefront of the new energy vehicles (NEV) market — not by choice, but by necessity. As the largest carbon emitter in the world, lowering energy emissions from transportation is a core part of its war against pollution.

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Liu He speaks on reform and opening up at World Economic Forum

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Basilinna

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January 26, 2018

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Liu He, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, and the director of the office of the Central Finance Leading Group, delivered a speech on “China’s Economic Policy” at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on January 24th.

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Xi: Door to world remains open

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January 26, 2018

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China will not close its door to the world, and indeed will become increasingly open, such as in business, which will become more transparent and better regulated, President Xi Jinping said. He made the pledge in a message of congratulations at the start of the Fortune Global Forum in Guangzhou on Dec 6 in which more than 1,100 prominent political, economic and academic figures from around the world took part.

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New Energy Vehicles

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Egyptian drivers hold the key to cleaner air

As the slow wheels of government inch toward policies that lead to cleaner air, Egyptian drivers could hold the key to a faster result, with the answer provided by an unlikely partner – Chinese auto companies. The steadily growing demand for ground transportation has Egypt facing fast growing levels of greenhouse gas emissions, with 50 percent stemming just from vehicles.

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Greening the Belt and Road: opportunities for Egypt

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Deborah Lehr

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December 18, 2017

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Much has been made of China’s grand building plan for the Belt and Road Initiative, but little attention is focused on the “green” standards that China is proposing to receive this investment. Launched in 2013 by China’s President Xi Jinping, the B&R is a one-trillion-dollar plan to finance infrastructure investments spanning over 60 countries and covering three quarters of the world’s population.

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Here's how to move ‘Green Finance’ further into China's mainstream

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Polina Marinova

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December 7, 2017

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“We need to start moving [sustainability] out of the philanthropic world into the mainstream world of finance,” Deborah Lehr, the CEO and founding partner of Basilinna and vice chairman of The Paulson Institute, told the Fortune Global Forum in Guangzhou, China, on Thursday. To that end, green finance—the financing of investments that generate environmental benefits—is key.

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What they say

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China Daily

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December 7, 2017

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China has an intersection of craftsmanship and computer science, (which is) rarely found in other places. Many companies see China as a big market, but for us the main attraction is the quality of people. We have now about 2 million application developers in China (on Apple's App Store).

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Deborah Lehr discusses key message sent by Chinese leaders at the Fortune Global Forum

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December 7, 2017

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Deborah Lehr discusses key message sent by Chinese leaders at the Fortune Global Forum in an Interview with CGTN America.

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Deborah Lehr, CEO and founding partner of Basilinna, to moderate free trade zones panel at Fortune Global Forum

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Basilinna

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December 1, 2017

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Deborah Lehr, CEO and Founding Partner, Basilinna LLC; Vice Chairman, Paulson Institute, will moderate the Free Trade Zones; Opportunities and Impacts panel at the Fortune Global Forum on December 7th in Guangzhou, China. The Fortune Global Forum convenes high level executives to discuss openness and innovations in the global economy.

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Trump's gains for U.S. businesses in China

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Deborah Lehr

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November 16, 2017

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President Trump's trip to China exemplifies what I call his "head of state" diplomacy: prioritizing personal relationships with his foreign counterparts. Trump's style has been criticized, but it is starting to yield real results for U.S. business interests.

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Xi on the rise: Outcomes from the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress

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Alan H. Fleischmann

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November 13, 2017

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With all eyes on President Trump’s first state visit to the Middle Kingdom, the most salient recent development for the global business community may come from the Chinese Communist Party’s Congress.

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Potential next act for trusted Xi adviser

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Deborah Lehr

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November 6, 2017

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At last month's party congress, President Xi Jinping announced his new Politburo standing committee — China's seven most powerful men. Now attention has turned to the government appointments coming at the National People's Congress in March.

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Basilinna's President for China joins Hank Paulson at Tsinghua to Speak on B&R

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Basilinna

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November 6, 2017

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The Paulson Institute and the Center for Finance and Development of Tsinghua University National Institute of Financial Research co-hosted a roundtable discussion on Belt & Road and Green Finance in Beijing, which is one of a series of roundtable discussions on green finance.

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What's next for Xi's China

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Deborah Lehr

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October 24, 2017

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President Xi Jinping, center, presides over the opening ceremony of the 19th Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. President Xi Jinping used the Communist Party's 19th Congress in Beijing to call for an invigorated economy at home and a stronger role for the party — of which he will now be "chairman," a title last held by Mao Zedong, the founder of the People's Republic of China.

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A Chinese helping hand

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Ambassador Yasser Elnaggar

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October 24, 2017

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China is aggressively expanding in key regions and commercial sectors as the country seeks to become a global economic leader. Chinese President Xi Jinping has launched his signature foreign policy programme, the Belt and Road Initiative (B&R), to finance projects and programmes along a modern Silk Road and solidify ties with governments from Asia and Africa to the Middle East and Europe.

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China flexes its economic muscles to push green finance on the New Silk Road

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Deborah Lehr

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October 4, 2017

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China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” is likely to transform trading routes from Asia to Africa, the Middle East to Russia. With the world’s largest foreign reserves and a determination to build political and economic ties with strategically important governments, China is helping finance much-needed major infrastructure projects along the modern Silk Road.

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Deborah Lehr speaks with Global Times on International Green Finance Forum

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Basilinna

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September 14, 2017

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Deborah Lehr, Vice Chairman of the Paulson Institute and a key speaker at the forum, told the Global Times in an exclusive interview on Wednesday that the G20 Green Finance Study Group has helped elevate on green finance.

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The Middle East is the hub for China’s modern silk road

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Deborah Lehr

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August 15, 2017

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For nearly 600 years, under the imperial tributary system of the Ming and Qing dynasties, foreign “barbarians” travelled to Beijing to kowtow to the emperor in order to trade with China.

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Basilinna's CEO Discusses possible trade action with China

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Basilinna

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August 15, 2017

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Basilinna's CEO Deborah Lehr discusses Trump's announcement on possible trade action with China on Bloomberg news.

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What to expect From U.S.-China economic dialogue

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Basilinna

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July 20, 2017

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Basilinna's CEO speaks on the U.S.- China Economic Dialogue and what to expect.

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Basilinna's CEO Interview with Shenzhen Media Group

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Basilinna

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June 15, 2017

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CEO and Founding Partner, Deborah Lehr, sat down for an interview with Shenzhen Media Group to discuss U.S. China Relations.

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China’s art market Is booming – but not for foreigners

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Deborah Lehr

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February 24, 2017

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In late 2010, an anonymous Chinese buyer snapped up a plundered 18th century Chinese imperial porcelain vase valued at $1.3 million for a stunning $86 million. A year later, a Chinese bidder purchased another vase from the Middle Kingdom for $18 million – more than 20,000 times the suggested price of $800.

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Book Review

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"The End Of The Asian Century", by Michael Auslin

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Basilinna

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February 23, 2017

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Trends across key indicators -- from disparate demographics, slowing economies, military might, environmental degradation and the lack of cohesiveness amongst the Asian countries -- all threaten to undermine the Asian powerhouse.

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ASU insight: U.S. - China policy: How do we get tough?

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February 16, 2017

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On Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, Basilinna CEO Deborah Lehr participated in a debate at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. The focus of the debate was “U.S.-China Policy: How Do We Get Tough?”

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The end of the Asian century

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Council on Global Affairs

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February 2, 2017

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Basilinna CEO, Deborah Lehr, joined a panel of distinguished speakers on January 26, 2017 to debate "The End of the Asian Century," the title of Michael Auslin's latest book. Dr. Auslin, a historian, Resident Scholar and the Director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and panelist, developed a risk map for Asia in five key areas that bring into question the continued rise of the region.

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President Trump needs to lead like the businessman he promised he Is

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Alan H. Fleischmann

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February 1, 2017

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If you asked a Trump voter why they supported their candidate during the 2016 election, you were likely to hear ‘he’s a businessman, not a politician. He’ll run the country like a business.' Very few CEOs run successful businesses without building a core team of advisers with broad, diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

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Mark Zuckerberg does not need to be president to change the world

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Alan H. Fleischmann

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January 11, 2017

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Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolution to launch a 30-state tour of the United States in 2017 has led to speculation that he is weighing a future in elective office. “After a tumultuous last year,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post, “my hope for this challenge is to get out and talk to more people about how they’re living, working and thinking about the future.”

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Can Xi pivot from China’s Disrupter-in Chief to Reformer-in-Chief?

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Damien Ma

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November 15, 2016

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Standing at about 6 feet tall, Chinese President Xi Jinping cuts an imposing figure, especially compared to the famously diminutive Deng Xiaoping, the transformative leader who, after Mao Zedong’s death in 1976, guided China through monumental reforms from 1978 until his formal retirement in 1989.

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Egypt's economic situation still manageable, China key supporter: Experts

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China Daily

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November 3, 2016

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The economic situation in Egypt is difficult yet manageable and China is a major economic supporter to the Arab country, said lawmakers and economic experts in a press conference held Wednesday at the State Information Service (SIS) headquarters in Cairo.

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Why successful global green finance is all about the color of private money

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Deborah Lehr

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October 17, 2016

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As leaders in the global financial community gathered in Washington for the annual IMF/World Bank meetings, the hottest ticket in town was for a technical discussion on green finance.

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World leaders, cultural icons and NGOs gather to honor heroes of the global campaign against violent extremism

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Basilinna

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September 23, 2016

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A Tribute Ceremony to honor ten individuals and groups for their extraordinary contributions to the global campaign against violent extremism was held last night, September 22, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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How to raise trillions for green investments

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Henry M. Paulson, Jr.

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September 20, 2016

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Saving our planet from the worst effects of climate change won’t be cheap. A new report from the United Nations says that the world will need to mobilize $90 trillion in public and private capital over the next 15 years.

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Tourism

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Gov't should "invest" in Sisi's foreign tours to boost economy- principal Deputy Minister for Planning

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Basilinna

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September 20, 2016

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Principal Deputy Minister for Planning, Ambassador Yasser Elnaggar, interviews with Youm7 newspaper for their Euromoney issue

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مساعد وزير التخطيط: رؤية مصر 2030 تعكس حالة الاستقرار الداخلى

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September 19, 2016

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أكد السفير ياسر النجار، مساعد أول وزير التخطيط، وعضو مجلس إدارة الشركة القابضة للصناعات الكيماوية، أن مؤتمر اليورو منى من المؤتمرات المهمة، والذى يلقى الضوء على أبرز الفرص الاستثمارية فى مصر، وأيضا يعرض ما تم من إصلاحات اقتصادية

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Is Argentina’s economy finally having a ‘moment?’

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Alan H. Fleischmann

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September 19, 2016

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With broad concerns that the U.S. stock market may be overheated and turmoil in Europe following Brexit, long-term global investors are desperate for good news. This week, we got some when Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, opened a three-day conference in Buenos Aires for top global CEOs and investors .

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Basilinna congratulates member countries for adding Green Finance to G20 agenda

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Basilinna

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September 7, 2016

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Basilinna congratulates on the G20 member countries for the bold move of including green finance as a integral part of the final Communique of their meeting in Hangzhou, China in September 2016.

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China's Green Finance Initiative presents opportunities for global investors

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Basilinna

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September 6, 2016

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For three decades, China's growth was fueled by government investment and exports of manufactured goods, but rapid growth and urbanization created serious environmental problems.

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Looted art helps fund jihadists in Europe

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Deborah Lehr

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August 25, 2016

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Brussels has long been a destination of choice for those illegally trafficking antiquities—a category that potentially includes the funders of terrorism that has taken lives throughout the West in recent months.

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Building energy efficiency and green development fund launches first projects

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June 20, 2016

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Beijing—The Paulson Institute joined the Office of the Central Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs on June 16 to witness the signing of the first letters of intent for projects to receive funding from the Building Energy Efficiency and Green Development Fund.

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Green finance: A strategic imperative for China

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Deborah Lehr

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June 13, 2016

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With last month’s high-profile signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement by 174 countries at the United Nations, the complicated process to turn these historic commitments on climate change into reality has begun. Yet away from the cameras, the more difficult process of financing implementation of these commitments is getting a boost from what may seem an unlikely source: the Chinese government.

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China said to expand green fund

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Basilinna

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June 6, 2016

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China and the U.S. are bulking up the size and scope of a fund created to finance green projects to about $3 billion, according to two people familiar with the decision. The capital boost will increase the fund’s size by 50 percent from $2 billion and broaden its investment mandate to green projects beyond just improving the energy efficiency of buildings, said the people, who asked not be identified because the information isn’t public.

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For China, Green Finance is a strategic imperative

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Deborah Lehr

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June 6, 2016

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With last month’s high-profile signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement by 174 countries at the United Nations, the complicated process to turn these historic commitments on climate change into reality has begun. Yet away from the cameras, the more difficult process of financing implementation of these commitments is getting a boost from what may seem an unlikely source: the Chinese government.

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Green Finance symposium explores financial mechanisms to promote low-carbon global economic growth

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Basilinna

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April 16, 2016

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Washington, DC—The Paulson Institute and the Green Finance Committee of China Society for Finance and Banking convened a half-day symposium of global finance leaders and experts to discuss recommendations for the development of robust global green finance mechanisms and markets.

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In China’s great hall of the people, shoes speak louder than words

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Deborah Lehr

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April 11, 2016

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The armed police division of China’s army tests a new style of shoe Sinking into the plush chairs in the cavernous Fujian Room of China’s Great Hall of the People, I soak in my surroundings as President Xi Jinping’s interpreter artfully translates Xi’s Chinese aphorisms into poetic English.

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COP21: Cities of the future - innovation and sustainable urbanization in China

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Basilinna

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February 4, 2016

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COP21: Cities of the future - innovation and sustainable urbanization in China.

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Green bonds take root in China

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Basilinna

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November 6, 2015

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China is set to become a hotbed for the $100-­billion market in bonds tied to environmentally friendly investments as authorities and developers seek alternatives to loans for funding a shift to clean energy supplies.

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China: Is engagement still working?

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Basilinna

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October 23, 2015

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THE DEBATE: On Thursday October 23rd, The McCain Institute for International Leadership hosted the debate: “China: Is Engagement Still Working?” at the U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theater in Washington, DC.

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Cities and the environment anchor the U.S.-China relationship

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Leigh Wedell

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October 15, 2015

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The U.S.-China relationship remains bogged down by a host of intractable issues, ranging from cyber security and the South China Sea to currency devaluation and China’s economic slowdown.

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Laurel Strategies, Inc. expands capabilities in China, Latin America, finance, and strategic communications: Adds senior advisors

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September 18, 2015

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Laurel Strategies, Inc., the global CEO advisory and strategic communications firm announced today a number of new key additions that expand the firm’s capabilities and global expertise.

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China Focus: Sino-U.S. economic partnership strengthened with landmark projects

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September 9, 2015

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Beijing, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- China rolled out a series of key economic partnership projects with the United States ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the U.S. next week, underscoring increasingly deeper Sino-U.S. economic ties.

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How cleaning up China's environment can also be good for its economy

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Deborah Lehr

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August 14, 2015

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China's 13th five-year plan, due for release in 2016, will reportedly include the most ambitious environmental reform agenda attempted in history. A study by Goldman Sachs predicts that, as a result, the Chinese environmental market could be a multibillion-dollar opportunity.

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China’s environmental crisis: A billion dollar opportunity

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Deborah Lehr

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July 30, 2015

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China is embarking on the most ambitious environmental reform program in history — by necessity. China’s environmental woes are nothing new, but they have hit an inflection point

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Overcoming the fear of failure: Boosting small business in China

Is fear of failure hindering Chinese entrepreneurship? A new initiative by the Chinese government suggests that cultural sensitivity to failure may be preventing some Chinese businessmen from launching their own companies.

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Why the Bilateral Investment Treaty matters

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Deborah Lehr

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February 13, 2015

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China's trade negotiators were recently in Washington to continue negotiations towards a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) between their country and the United States. Much still remains to be hammered out: China plans to submit its "negative list" – sectors that will not be opened to foreign competition – after Spring Festival, and then tough negotiations will ensue.

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Green building solutions for energy efficiency

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Deborah Lehr & Leigh Wedell

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February 3, 2015

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Increase the role of market forces: Reform of resource pricing in the energy sector will ensure more efficient supply and demand of energy. Use data more effectively: Tracking energy use would allow governments, building owners, utility companies and users to regulate their behavior in a more cost-effective manner.

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Solutions to carbon reduction are within China's reach

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Basilinna

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January 9, 2015

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At November’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting, the world’s two biggest carbon players - the United States and China – signed an important agreement to reach specific carbon reduction targets by 2025 and 2030, respectively.

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Sisi Follows the New Silk Road to Riches

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January 5, 2015

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When Egypt recognized the People’s Republic of China in 1956 — the first Middle Eastern and African country to do so — it ushered the fledgling communist country into the broader international community beyond the Soviet bloc

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Digging out of tourism downfalls: Egypt’s archaeology takes the stage

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Deborah Lehr

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December 17, 2014

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Finally, there is good news from Egypt. During a visit to Washington, D.C. last week, Egyptian Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou announced that travel to Egypt is up 70 percent this year. Tourists are venturing back to the country despite political turmoil — casting a vote of confidence in President el-Sisi’s efforts to restore economic and political stability since taking office last June.

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Why China’s mayors matter

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Deborah Lehr & Leigh Wedell

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October 1, 2014

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Imagine relocating four of America’s top five city populations – Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia – into new cities every year. That is what Chinese urbanization will look like.

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Chinese mayors’ surprising lesson in Miami: Governance

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Leigh Wedell

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September 4, 2014

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The 12 Chinese mayors and vice mayors hosted recently by the Paulson Institute for a crash course on urban sustainability with experts in Chicago and Miami began their trip to the United States with a very practical focus: How could they bring green technologies and sustainable approaches in successful US cities to their districts back home?

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Urban leaders from China study sustainability at Paulson Institute

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September 3, 2014

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City leaders from one of China’s largest provinces are visiting the University of Chicago this week for a crash course on urban sustainability, including sustainability issues in transportation, regional planning, climate change, urban infrastructure and historic preservation.

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