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Can China Export Fintech?

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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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Quick Take: U.S.-China Trade Talks, Where are we this week?

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Vice Premier Liu He arrives next week for second round of trade talks, likely late next week Focus will be on reducing the trade deficit through increasing purchases, market access for key products, tech transfer, and intellectual property rights Finding some kind of resolution on ZTE will be a Chinese priority

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Quick Take: Egypt's Presidential Elections Produces Expected Results. What Does Another Sisi Term Mean?

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April 5, 2018

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As expected, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi secured a second term this past March, receiving 97 percent of the votes but with only 41% voter turn out. Expect to see continued focus on growing the economy, including eliminating government subsidies, opening new sectors to foreign investment, and job creation. On foreign affairs, close ties will continue with the United States and China.

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Implications of the Egyptian Presidential Elections: Interview with Ambassador Yasser Elnaggar

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April 5, 2018

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In an interview, Ambassador Yasser Elnaggar, CEO of ENInvestment and Basilinna Senior Advisor, provides insights on the implications of Egypt's Presidential election for its economy and foreign affairs.

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Quick Take: China's new financial "Dream Team" signals opening up

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March 27, 2018

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What comes next after China's financial "Dream Team" was announced? Opening up of China's financial sector to foreign firms is a priority of the newly announced leadership coming out of the National People’s Congress. The financial sector leadership announced last week is the most Westernized and technically experienced to date.

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NPC Update: At last, the new leadership announced

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March 19, 2018

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‍China announced its new state leadership today, with only a few surprises. The most interesting “statement” however, was that in all government-issued organizational charts, Vice President Wang Qishan is ranked as the number two in the government, ahead of Premier Li Keqiang. Totally unprecedented

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China's new energy vehicles lead the pack

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March 19, 2018

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Global production of new energy vehicles (NEVs) reached an estimated whopping 1.2 million units in 2017, a growth in production of over 200,000 vehicles when compared to the 2016 number of 873,000. As nations such as the United Kingdom and France make announcements to reduce the use of traditional, internal-combusting engines (ICE) cars, it is clear that the world is beginning to further accept NEVs, with China being the leader of the pack.

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NPC Update: China Reshuffles the Cabinet … in a Big Way

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March 15, 2018

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Significant restructuring of the government was announced this week at the National People’s Congress (NPC); biggest reform since former Premier Zhu Rongji’s in 1998. Eight ministries and seven commissions were eliminated or streamlined to create 26. This structure reflects President Xi’s priorities, allows for better coordination, and reduces turf wars.

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"The Party" - Understanding China's body politic

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March 9, 2018

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At a time when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is frequently in the news, we recommend reading Richard McGregor's authoritative book, “The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers.” Written in 2011, McGregor, a former China based writer for the Financial Times, reveals the wide role of the Communist Party in aspects of Chinese life and society.

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NPC Update: Slow Start

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March 9, 2018

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The 13th session of the National People’s Congress (NPC)—China’s nearly 3,000-delegate parliament—began on Monday, March 5th with an address from Premier Li Keqiang about the state of the economy. In it, he cited a GDP growth target of “about 6.5 percent,” and a commitment to managing macro-level financial risks.

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NPC Update: Fact Sheet

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Each March, the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) convene to approve the work plans for the next year in what is commonly known as the “Two Meetings,” or Lianghui. The NPC annual meeting brings together 2,980 deputies from the provinces, the military, and the central government in Beijing. Given the significant personnel changes over the past five years, almost 75 percent of the delegates will be new.

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Quick Take: What you need to know about the CFIUS and FIRRMA

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February 12, 2018

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Since being introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) on November 8th, the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Committee on Housing, Banking, and Urban Affairs held four hearings over the past two months on FIRRMA, the bill to expand CFIUS’s jurisdiction. A tone of tempered resolve to expand CFIUS was clear during the hearings.

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The U.S.-China Green Fund inaugurates the U.S.-China Green Baoye Smart Building Research Institute in Shanghai

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February 9, 2018

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The U.S.-China Green Baoye Smart Building Research Institute was inaugurated on January 26, 2018 by the U.S.-China Green Fund and Baoye Group. Basilinna was honored to have been represented by our President for China, Gracie Sun, who spoke at the event.

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

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

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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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A closer look: How CFIUS really works

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February 7, 2018

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No sooner had the New Year been pronounced in Times Square than a pronouncement of a different sort was coming out of Washington: the high profile $1.2 billion purchase of MoneyGram by China’s Ant Financial had officially been stymied by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) – after three chances at bat.

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Quick Take: China signals greater "opening up" is imminent

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January 31, 2018

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China has been sending strong signals that they intend to announce greater market opening for foreign firms as well as a crackdown on intellectual property rights violations to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launch of China’s “reform and opening up” initiative.

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Quick Take: Is China the star of Davos -- again?

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January 26, 2018

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Minister Liu He, the trusted economic adviser to President Xi Jinping, gave a much-anticipated speech to the Davos attendees. In keeping with the new normal in China post 19th Party Congress, Liu quoted President Xi: “As long as we keep to the goal of building a community with a shared future for mankind and work hand in hand to fulfill our responsibilities and overcome difficulties, we will be able to create a better world and deliver better lives for our people."

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Egyptian drivers hold the key to cleaner air

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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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China’s green capacity challenge

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December 20, 2017

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Last month I was asked by my former employer, the Paulson Institute (PI), to write a paper on how to build out Chinese capacity in green finance. PI launched a new series of papers tackling a number of key issues that if addressed could unlock the potential of green finance – which could be a game changer in China’s war on pollution.

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Greening the Belt and Road: opportunities for Egypt

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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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Basilinna at the Misk Global Forum

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November 20, 2017

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Basilinna was delighted to participate in the Misk Foundation’s second annual Misk Global Forum, which focused on “Meeting the Challenge of Change.” The Misk Global Forum is a flagship ongoing platform of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation established by H.R.H. Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to discover, develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the knowledge economy.

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Poverty alleviation In China

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November 13, 2017

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At the historic 19th Party Congress meeting earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping talked about how China is entering a “new era” and can serve as a model for the developing world. In his sweeping three and a half hour address to the nation, he heralded their progress on achieving a “moderately prosperous society” and reaffirmed 2020 as the deadline for finally eradicating poverty.

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Head of State Diplomacy

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November 13, 2017

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President Trump’s trip to China exemplifies what his doctrine should be called – Head of State Diplomacy. Establishing a personal relationship with his counterpart appears to be a top priority, and the Trump-Xi relationship is a definite bromance.

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Xi Jinping tackles center-provincial relations

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November 7, 2017

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The officials serving in China’s provinces have a saying to characterize their relationship with Beijing: “The sky is high and the emperor is far away.” This ancient adage means that officials customarily have plenty of leeway to conduct their business and implement the policies that are passed down from on high.

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China's 19th Communist Party Congress fact sheet

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October 31, 2017

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Policy priorities included continuing the anti-corruption campaign, economic reform and further market opening for foreign firms, restructuring and professionalization of the military, improving central-provincial relations, handling the corporate and provincial debt issues, legal reform, upgrading the environment, and improving the standard and quality of life, especially in rural areas.

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Hank Paulson credits Deborah Lehr with conceiving America’s New Engagement Strategy with China

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October 26, 2017

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While congratulating her on recieving the Hadrian Award, Hank Paulson, former U.S. Treasury Secretary, former CEO of Goldman Sachs, and the founder of the Paulson Institute, credits Basilinna CEO and co-Founder Deborah Lehr with conceiving the Strategic Economic Dialogue.

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Xi and his leading small groups

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October 26, 2017

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President Xi is building out his preferred policy making platform: the leading small groups. During this week’s historic 19th Party Congress, Mr. Xi added four new leading groups to his current roster of 26, of which he presides over eight, more than any of his predecessors.

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Paulson Institute co-convenes fourth meeting of greening the financial system

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October 25, 2017

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On October 12, the Paulson Institute and partners—the UN Environment Inquiry, the Institute of International Finance (IIF), the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the European Banking Federation (EBF), and Bloomberg Philanthropies—co-hosted the fourth meeting of the Greening the Financial System series in Washington DC.

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What's next for Xi's China

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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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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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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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China’s new carbon market: A spot but no trades

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September 29, 2017

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China’s ambitious plan to develop a nationwide carbon market is moving forward – but with a whimper, not a bang. The launch, now expected in late November, will cover just a small fraction of the existing carbon market, and for all intents and purposes, will be an exchange in name only.

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China opportunities series: Smart cities a smart bet for U.S. firms

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September 28, 2017

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China embarked upon a massive sustainable urbanization drive in 2013. It was announced that more than 100 million people would be moved from the countryside into cities by 2020 to alleviate poverty and grow the economy.

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Global Hope Coalition Inaugural Summit honors 'everyday heroes' countering violent extremism

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September 26, 2017

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The Global Hope Coalition is comprised of three not-for-profit foundations based in New York, Zurich, and Hong Kong who aim to create a platform in order to “empower courageous individuals who stand up to terror and violence, preserve our heritage and build bridges across cultures.”

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Quick Take: President Xi moves on financial reform

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September 19, 2017

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In another clear sign that President Xi is entering the 19th Plenum in a strong position, China has announced plans to open a number of previously restricted sectors to foreign firms. Important policy decisions continue to be made and announced.

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China further tightens outbound investment

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September 18, 2017

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In early September, the Chinese government released a new guideline that further tightened the grip on outbound direct investment (ODI) in key sectors. This move to mitigate the financial stability risks posed by a frenzy of what the government calls "irrational overseas investment" followed on the heels of several strict controls on capital outflows.

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The China Carbon Market Roundtable

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September 15, 2017

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China's plans to launch a unified carbon market later this year will create the largest experiment to date in carbon trading. While it will start on a small scale with possibly just the power sectorcovered, it will eventually cover the major polluting sectors in China.

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International green finance forum

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September 15, 2017

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China is leading the pack to become the global leader in green finance. At the annual The International Green Finance Forum, held in Beijing on September 5, Yin Yong, Vice Governor of the People's Bank of China (PBOC) declared China as the first country to establish a “relatively complete” green finance policy, and that it will now promote these standards abroad.

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China-Arab political and economic ties strengthen, thanks to B&R

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September 8, 2017

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The China-Arab States Expo is a four-day event that has assembled executives from the countries along the Belt and Road. This year, more than 1,000 companies are being represented by executives at the conference, and nearly 5,000 exhibitors from 31 different industries, ranging from tech to transportation, are present as well.

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Auspicious 8: A primer on how the chinese system really works

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August 29, 2017

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Chinese President Xi Jinping may be disrupting many of China’s old rules in order to solidify his power in advance of all-important 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China coming up this October, but the fundamentals of how the Chinese system functions in practice (rather than in theory) remain intact.

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Opportunities abound along the modern silk road

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August 28, 2017

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While China has announced it will restrict investments overseas to control capital outflows, it is encouraging investment projects that are linked to President Xi Jinping's One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. Chinese investments in the OBOR countries totaled $33 billion in the first seven months of 2017, already $2 billion higher than all of 2016.

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Quick Take: Trump announces trade action against China (maybe…)

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August 17, 2017

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President Trump did not announce the launch of a 301 investigation today; rather, he signed an Executive Order directing the U.S. Trade Representative to examine China’s intellectual property rights (IPR) protection practices to determine if a Special 301 trade investigation should be launched. T

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Egypt's new investment law

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August 16, 2017

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Egypt’s New Investment Lawbreaks down years of bureaucracy to open the market to foreign investors. The law will streamline the investment process, and aims to promote investments in under-developed areas and industries by offering some serious incentivesfor potential investors.

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Opportunities abound for investors in Egypt

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August 16, 2017

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With new government policies and regulations in place to support entrupreneurship and investment, there has never been a better time for Chinese investors in Egypt. The country’s economy is on the mend, but requires the unleashing of entrepreneurs’ potential to fully flourish.

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

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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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"Arab Fall: How the Muslim Brotherhood Won and Lost Egypt in 891 Days" by Eric Trager

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August 9, 2017

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In his detailed and well-researched book, Arab Fall: How the Muslim Brotherhood Won and Lost Egypt in 891 Days, Eric Trager tells the engaging true story of the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise and fall in the aftermath of the Egyptian January 2011 Revolution.

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Egypt ranks second among Arab countries in luring foreign investment

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July 17, 2017

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Egypt has ranked second among Arab countries in attracting foreign direct investment in FDI in 2016, according to a recent report issued by The Arab Investment and Export Credit Guarantee Corporation. According to the report Egypt came second after UAE with attracting USD 8.1 billion as FDI, while KSA came in the third rank.

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Quick Take: Finally, the financial work conference

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July 13, 2017

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The Chinese government has announced that the Financial Work Conference (FWC) will take place on July 14-15. Originally planned to convene last summer, it was postponed due to divisions over some of the key issues, including the creation of a super–regulator to help ensure consistent oversight between the three main financial regulators (the China Banking Regulation Commission (CBRC), the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), and the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC)).

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Five things to know about new investor protection rules

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July 1, 2017

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After a decade of planning, market consultation and piecemeal execution, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has finally made it compulsory for all securities and futures brokerages and fund companies to perform a suitability assessment on investors starting July 1. The rules place the burden of assessing investor competence on the financial institutions.

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Quick Take: Senator Cornyn details plans to modernize CFIUS

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June 23, 2017

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Yesterday at the Council on Foreign Relations, I had the honor of interviewing Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) on his plans to “modernize” the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). In his opening remarks, Mr. Cornyn admitted CFIUS is working reasonably well, but that there are many gaps being exploited by countries, such as China, in order to leapfrog technology.

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China’s power of culture in promoting perceptions: Lessons from the Qin and Han dynasties

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May 30, 2017

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The Council on Foreign Relations hosted an event with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Friday, May 5, 2017 to celebrate the historic exhibit, the Age of Empires: How the Qin and Han Dynasties are Shaping China’s Contemporary Identity.

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Five tips for successful diplomats

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In this EDA Reflection, Ambassador Yasser Elnaggar (former Deputy Minister of Investment, and former Deputy Minister of Planning and Administrative Reform of Egypt), highlights some key lessons from his experience in the diplomatic field, from taking calculated risks to staying true to yourself.

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Basilinna co-hosts "One-Belt-One-Road Investment: Historic Opportunities for Chinese Firms" roundtable in Beijing with CAETEC

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May 22, 2017

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In cooperation with the China Europe Association for Trade and Economic Cooperation, Basilinna hosted the Investment Roundtable in Beijing on May 18 to highlight investment opportunities in Egypt. The event featured Basilinna's partner, Income, Egypt's premier consultancy and investment advisory firm, which presented the incentives for foreign investment as well as specific investment opportunities in Egypt, Africa and the broader Middle East.

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Quick Take: U.S. positions firms for Belt and Road "Project of the Century"

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In typical Chinese fashion, this week’s Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation went off in a big way in Beijing. On May 14 and 15, 1,500 delegates from over 130 nations -- represented by 29 foreign heads of state and more than 200 ministers -- participated in the Forum. The Chinese Government announced 270 deliverables and $124 billion in new investment.

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From the middle kingdom to the Middle East: Six reasons why Chinese travelers are exploring MENA

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International travel to the Middle East took a major hit after the Arab Spring, falling by as much as one-third in Egypt, but Chinese tourists have proved to be the exception to the trend. Inbound travel to the region from China is sharply up, despite security risks and political uncertainty: more than half a million Chinese tourists visited Dubai last year, and the number of Chinese travelers to Egypt tripled to 200,000 over the past three years.

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Greening the financial system: Enhancing competitiveness through economic development

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May 12, 2017

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Investment in green finance is surging making it a matter of competitiveness for companies and countries. Last year, total investment in green bonds nearly topped $600 billion, more than double the value of the previous year.

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Quick Take: Egypt's latest cabinet reshuffle: Implications for Egypt-China relations

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February 27, 2017

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This latest reshuffle was meant to demonstrate action and shore up investor confidence as the economy continues to sputter along. Devaluation of the currency has helped make exports cheaper, but rising inflation is a potential challenge.

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

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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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Newly announced leadership changes: China’s economic team

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February 24, 2017

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In the lead up to the important 19th Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party where the new Party line up will be announced, President Xi Jinping is already making personnel changes in the government. Today, three new Ministerial-level appointments were announced.

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

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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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Secretary Tillerson meets with Chinese counterpart -- could North Korea missile testing bring the two countries closer?

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February 22, 2017

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Meeting of the Ministers On the margins of the G20 Foreign Ministers meeting hosted under the German Presidency, Tillerson and Wang Yi were able to hold their first face-to-face meeting.

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

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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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Egypt's new ministers, governors sworn in before President Sisi

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February 16, 2017

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Nine newly-appointed Egyptian ministers and five governors, including Egypt’s first female governor, were sworn in on Thursday before President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo as part of a cabinet reshuffle. The reshuffle, which mainly involves ministries related to public services and the economy, was approved by parliament on Tuesday.

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The end of the Asian century

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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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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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China and the world: Dealing with a reluctant power

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December 13, 2016

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In 2013, China launched an initiative to establish a new multilateral development institution, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The AIIB, Beijing argued, could help fill a multitrillion-dollar gap in financing for railways, roads, power plants, and other infrastructure in the world’s fastest-growing region.

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Landmark agreement protects Egypt’s #CultureUnderThreat

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December 1, 2016

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Secretary John Kerry and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry signed the first bilateral agreement between the U.S. and an Arab country to protect cultural heritage at a ceremony in the historic Treaty Room of the U.S. State Department this week.

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China in the Middle East: The Silk Road ahead

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Yousra Abdelhameed

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November 11, 2016

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Basilinna was a part of MEI's roundtable that gathered experts on China and the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region to focus on the growing political and economic ties between the countries as well as the implications of these growing ties on U.S.-China/U.S.-MENA relations.

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In China, the changing of the guard is starting

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Deborah Lehr

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November 10, 2016

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The internationally popular Chinese finance minister, Lou Jiwei, was removed from his post unexpectedly this past week. Minister Lou, 65,  was part of the brain trust of economists brought in by then Premier Zhu Rongji to support his efforts to reform China’s economy in the 1990s.

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Xi Jinping: The core of the party

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November 7, 2016

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The Communist Party of China, at its recent annual gathering in October, conferred on President Xi Jinping the status of the “core” of the Party. The position of “President” is largely titular, and the real power stems from the person holding the position of the General Secretary of the Party.

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

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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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Greening the financial system: From momentum to transformation

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October 13, 2016

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In the midst of the International Monetary Fund/World Bank fall meetings, international and U.S. experts convened for the “Greening the Financial System: From Momentum to Transformation” conference on October 7th, 2016 in Washington, DC.

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

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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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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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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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The potential dark side of China's art and antiquities boom

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Deborah Lehr

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August 12, 2016

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For Chen, the visionary CEO of Taikang and founder of China’s second largest auction house, culture is a highly profitable business. As other Chinese companies follow his lead, China will become the primary destination for the world’s culture.

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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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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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Xi’s green teams fight for the environment

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Chinese President Xi Jinping was an unexpected savior of the historic Paris Climate Summit last December. He offered far reaching Chinese commitments to reduce carbon emissions, and also provided necessary political momentum to finalize the difficult international negotiations.

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

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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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China to boost $100 billion green bond market for renewables

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November 2, 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 transformation to clean energy supplies.

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

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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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Why CEOs are talking global responsibility with China’s president

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October 2, 2015

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In Seattle last week, the Paulson Institute, with its partner, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), brought together heads of leading U.S. and Chinese companies for a roundtable discussion with President Xi Jinping about economic and business relations between the two countries.

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Fighting China’s environmental war one building at a time

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September 16, 2015

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As China’s President Xi Jinping prepares for his visit to the United States, pressure is mounting on both sides to identify potential areas of cooperation amid ongoing contention. Yet, intractable issues dominate the agenda for the two Presidents - accusations of cybertheft, military aggressiveness in the South China Seas and currency manipulation are among the hot topics.

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

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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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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

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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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Atlantic exchange: Spotlight on China

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April 22, 2015

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Michael Pettis and Bruce Stokes discuss the Spotlight on China. Hosted by the Atlantic.

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Why the Bilateral Investment Treaty matters

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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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Building a “Sustainable Eco-Edge District” outside Beijing

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February 5, 2015

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China’s mayors are on the front lines of the country’s ambitious drive to move more than 100 million people into cities over the next six years. Their challenge is to try to make sure that those people will have a cleaner environment and more livable communities.

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Green building solutions for energy efficiency

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

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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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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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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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China’s enforcers: How Beijing keeps local leaders in line

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After 10 days investigating wayward provinces, the teams submitted a 1,000-page report with a simple conclusion: local leaders, looking out for their own financial interests, were consistently ignoring directives from Beijing.

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