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Quick Take: How is China’s Global Reputation Faring?

Quick Take: How is China’s Global Reputation Faring?

Quick Take: How is China’s Global Reputation Faring?

Quick Take: How is China’s Global Reputation Faring?

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April 1, 2020

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So much is unsettled and unknown right now in this new world of the pandemic; the international community's relationship with China is no exception. China's reputation is subject to as much volatility as the markets. Many of the mechanisms to backstop this reputational volatility are stalled or being politicized. While there are more questions than answers about how China – and the world – will come out of this pandemic, the questions shed light on emerging trends. Here's our latest observations about how China's profile is faring globally.

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Quick Take: China Shows Signs Of Recovery While Virus Hits Rest of the World

Quick Take: China Shows Signs Of Recovery While Virus Hits Rest of the World

Quick Take: China Shows Signs Of Recovery While Virus Hits Rest of the World

Quick Take: China Shows Signs Of Recovery While Virus Hits Rest of the World

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Basilinna

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March 13, 2020

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With so much of the media coverage shifting attention to the coronavirus turning into a pandemic and the spread in the U.S., here are a few of the developments in China over the past week you might have missed.

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Quick Take: Coronavirus Latest – China’s Efforts to Shore Up Economy

Quick Take: Coronavirus Latest – China’s Efforts to Shore Up Economy

Quick Take: Coronavirus Latest – China’s Efforts to Shore Up Economy

Quick Take: Coronavirus Latest – China’s Efforts to Shore Up Economy

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Basilinna

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March 4, 2020

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The coronavirus picks up speed in the U.S. as it seemingly comes under control in China. Speculation about the global economic impact includes fears of a recession. Facing already slowing economic growth, China is rolling out measures to shore up the economy almost daily. Here is what you need to know about China’s initiatives.

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Quick Take: Coronavirus Latest – Implications for Business

Quick Take: Coronavirus Latest – Implications for Business

Quick Take: Coronavirus Latest – Implications for Business

Quick Take: Coronavirus Latest – Implications for Business

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Basilinna

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January 27, 2020

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The coronavirus’ rapid spread is hitting the Chinese – and global – economy during the Lunar New Year celebrations, a major driver of consumer growth. While China has acted swiftly to curb domestic and international travel, cancel holiday celebrations, and extend the Lunar festival holidays, developments are fast-moving. Here's what you need to know about the implications for business.

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Quick Take: What Else You Should Know about the Phase One Trade Deal with China

Quick Take: What Else You Should Know about the Phase One Trade Deal with China

Quick Take: What Else You Should Know about the Phase One Trade Deal with China

Quick Take: What Else You Should Know about the Phase One Trade Deal with China

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Basilinna

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January 21, 2020

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A lot has been written summarizing the phase one deal with China, but there are a few aspects of the agreement that are worth highlighting along with some of the implications now that this agreement has been signed. Here’s our take on what else you should know.

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Quick Take: What Should be in a Phase Two China Trade Deal?

Quick Take: What Should be in a Phase Two China Trade Deal?

Quick Take: What Should be in a Phase Two China Trade Deal?

Quick Take: What Should be in a Phase Two China Trade Deal?

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Basilinna

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January 10, 2020

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The phase one trade deal will be signed on January 15, and consideration is being given to what a phase two negotiation should include. Here's our take on what could and should be in the second round.

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Quick Take: China's Economic Work Conference

Quick Take: China's Economic Work Conference

Quick Take: China's Economic Work Conference

Quick Take: China's Economic Work Conference

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Basilinna

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January 7, 2020

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Last month, China held its annual Central Economic Work Conference which lays out economic priorities for the year. Here's what you need to know as you consider your 2020 China market strategy.

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Quick Take: A Phase One Trade Deal - At Long Last

Quick Take: A Phase One Trade Deal - At Long Last

Quick Take: A Phase One Trade Deal - At Long Last

Quick Take: A Phase One Trade Deal - At Long Last

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Basilinna

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December 13, 2019

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China and the United States announce a phase one trade deal (at long last), but details will not be available for a few weeks. Based on meetings with the Administration and the Chinese, press reports, and public statements, here is what we have learned.

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Quick Take: Treasury Declares China a Currency Manipulator as the Trade Tensions Escalate

Quick Take: Treasury Declares China a Currency Manipulator as the Trade Tensions Escalate

Quick Take: Treasury Declares China a Currency Manipulator as the Trade Tensions Escalate

Quick Take: Treasury Declares China a Currency Manipulator as the Trade Tensions Escalate

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Basilinna

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August 7, 2019

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Late Monday, August 5 2019, Treasury took the significant step of declaring China a currency manipulator in response to China’s retaliation of the threatened tariff increases. This is our take on the latest move in the escalating bilateral tensions.

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Quick Take: Belt and Road Forum Attempts to Address Growing Criticism

Quick Take: Belt and Road Forum Attempts to Address Growing Criticism

Quick Take: Belt and Road Forum Attempts to Address Growing Criticism

Quick Take: Belt and Road Forum Attempts to Address Growing Criticism

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Basilinna

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May 3, 2019

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President Xi Jinping presided over China’s Second Belt and Road Forum last week in Beijing amidst growing international criticism. Here’s our quick take on what you need to know.

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Quick Take: Huawei Under Pressure: Implications for Chinese Tech

Quick Take: Huawei Under Pressure: Implications for Chinese Tech

Quick Take: Huawei Under Pressure: Implications for Chinese Tech

Quick Take: Huawei Under Pressure: Implications for Chinese Tech

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Basilinna

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December 10, 2018

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The developments around the high-profile arrest of Huawei’s CFO has created a media frenzy, launched a range of conspiracy theories and increased speculation about the role of Chinese telecom equipment providers globally. The following is a succinct summary of the salient facts of the case and its potential implications.

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Quick Take: U.S.-China Trade Moves Forward: Market Opening, Liu He to DC, and Another Big Xi Speech

Quick Take: U.S.-China Trade Moves Forward: Market Opening, Liu He to DC, and Another Big Xi Speech

Quick Take: U.S.-China Trade Moves Forward: Market Opening, Liu He to DC, and Another Big Xi Speech

Quick Take: U.S.-China Trade Moves Forward: Market Opening, Liu He to DC, and Another Big Xi Speech

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Basilinna

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November 15, 2018

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China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) on Friday quietly announced concrete steps to revise and eliminate restrictions set forth in their centrally administered Negative List on inbound foreign investment. In addition, the Vice President Liu He's upcoming visit to Washington and President Xi's speech in December celebrating the 40th anniversary of opening up and reform both show the intention to bring further market openings.

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

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

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

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

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Basilinna

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May 10, 2018

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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?

Quick Take: Egypt's Presidential elections produces expected results. What does another Sisi term mean?

Quick Take: Egypt's Presidential elections produces expected results. What does another Sisi term mean?

Quick Take: Egypt's Presidential elections produces expected results. What does another Sisi term mean?

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Basilinna

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

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

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

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

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Basilinna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Deborah Lehr

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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?

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

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

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

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Deborah Lehr

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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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Quick Take: President Xi moves on financial reform

Quick Take: President Xi moves on financial reform

Quick Take: President Xi moves on financial reform

Quick Take: President Xi moves on financial reform

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Deborah Lehr

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

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

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

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

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Deborah Lehr

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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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Quick Take: Finally, the financial work conference

Quick Take: Finally, the financial work conference

Quick Take: Finally, the financial work conference

Quick Take: Finally, the financial work conference

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Deborah Lehr

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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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Quick Take: Senator Cornyn details plans to modernize CFIUS

Quick Take: Senator Cornyn details plans to modernize CFIUS

Quick Take: Senator Cornyn details plans to modernize CFIUS

Quick Take: Senator Cornyn details plans to modernize CFIUS

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Deborah Lehr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Deborah Lehr

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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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