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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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Visualize Your Day To Unlock Your Career

Visualize Your Day To Unlock Your Career

Visualize Your Day To Unlock Your Career

Visualize Your Day To Unlock Your Career

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Leigh Wedell

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October 11, 2018

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One normal day, as I was getting ready for the daily grind and bemoaning my unhappy lot at a job I didn’t like, it dawned on me that maybe I should question my overall career trajectory. We have all been there. So, like the good consultant that I am, I decided to outsource expertise and hire a life coach. Actually, I just googled “life coaches” and found someone with great reviews. Most importantly, I knew I needed a fresh perspective and some decision-making tools.

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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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NPC Update: Fact Sheet

NPC Update: Fact Sheet

NPC Update: Fact Sheet

NPC Update: Fact Sheet

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Basilinna

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March 2, 2018

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

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

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

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

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Deborah Lehr

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

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

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

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

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Basilinna

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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

The end of the Asian century

The end of the Asian century

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Landmark agreement protects Egypt’s #CultureUnderThreat

Landmark agreement protects Egypt’s #CultureUnderThreat

Landmark agreement protects Egypt’s #CultureUnderThreat

Landmark agreement protects Egypt’s #CultureUnderThreat

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Deborah Lehr

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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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For China, Green Finance is a strategic imperative

For China, Green Finance is a strategic imperative

For China, Green Finance is a strategic imperative

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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China said to expand green fund

China said to expand green fund

China said to expand green fund

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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Xi’s green teams fight for the environment

Xi’s green teams fight for the environment

Xi’s green teams fight for the environment

Xi’s green teams fight for the environment

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

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

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

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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Overcoming the fear of failure: Boosting small business in China

Overcoming the fear of failure: Boosting small business in China

Overcoming the fear of failure: Boosting small business in China

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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Sisi Follows the New Silk Road to Riches

Sisi Follows the New Silk Road to Riches

Sisi Follows the New Silk Road to Riches

Sisi Follows the New Silk Road to Riches

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Huffington Post

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

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

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

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

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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