All aboard! Last stop for the Party Congress at the Seventh Plenum station

by Benjamin Cooper

Consultant
October 16, 2017

All aboard! Last stop for the Party Congress at the Seventh Plenum station

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From October 11-14th, the Party’s Central Committee convened in Beijing for its Seventh Plenum, the last assembly of the elite body’s roughly 200 members before the conclusion of its five-year term at the 19th Party Congress. The closed-door gathering saw the Chinese leadership iron out its final preparations for the quinquennial political transition. The top … Read moreAll aboard! Last stop for the Party Congress at the Seventh Plenum station

Stakes for EV in Trade War Deadline

Regardless of what happens on the March 1st deadline for a new U.S.-China trade pact, there is no turning back from a future of electric vehicles. In the U.S., sales of plug-in electric vehicles have increased steadily since 2012 and spiked last year with sales estimated at 400,000, doubling 2017’s total. Even this, though, is … Read moreStakes for EV in Trade War Deadline

Ruling The Roost? Predictions for China and the Year of the Rooster Part One: Political Change

With the fireworks of the Chinese Spring Festival having just launched the Year of the Rooster into flight, we’re looking ahead to ask what every self-respecting China-watcher needs to know about the year ahead. This article, the first of a three-part series, reflects upon the political changes that likely lie ahead for the emerging superpower. … Read moreRuling The Roost? Predictions for China and the Year of the Rooster Part One: Political Change

H+K China honored as Best Communications Team of the Year

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Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) China closed 2016 on a high by winning the Best Communications Team of the Year award at the China Automobile Industry Outstanding Achievement Awards. Hosted by Orient Auto Magazine, the award celebrates H+K’s contribution to supporting Lincoln’s growth strategy in China. H+K has worked with Lincoln since the Ford Motor Company’s luxury … Read moreH+K China honored as Best Communications Team of the Year

First Things First: Decline of the Chinese Yuan

Jack’s thoughts on making sense of what is going on behind the headlines. First things first: An interesting debate is emerging regarding the decline of the Chinese yuan relative to the dollar. Since the beginning of the summer, the yuan has dropped 6 percent to its lowest point in just over a year. This is the first time … Read moreFirst Things First: Decline of the Chinese Yuan

Taking the Spring Festival Roads Less Traveled By: Chinese Outbound Tourism Sees Massive Growth

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International travel is rapidly emerging as an important new trend for China’s Spring Festival holiday, with 6.5 million Chinese tourists opting to go abroad this year. China now ranks as the world’s largest outbound tourism market, with more than 130 million people venturing overseas every year. In total, Chinese tourists spend far more than any … Read moreTaking the Spring Festival Roads Less Traveled By: Chinese Outbound Tourism Sees Massive Growth

President Trump Declares Arrival of a “New American Moment” in His First State of the Union Address

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By: Benjamin Cooper and Philippe Healey In his speech, President Trump laid out an optimistic vision for the U.S. following the first year under his watch, declaring that the country has now arrived at a “new American moment.” His remarks were light on specific policy proposals, but some of the key future initiatives that he … Read morePresident Trump Declares Arrival of a “New American Moment” in His First State of the Union Address

China Unveils First Economic Blueprint for “New Era”

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Sketching out the inaugural roadmap for the Chinese economy in President Xi’s second term, China’s most important annual economic meeting outlined the broad policy priorities for 2018-2020. The “three tough battles” identified including preventing and defusing major risks, especially financial vulnerabilities, alleviating poverty, and controlling environmental degradation. Any direct mention of deleveraging was notably absent … Read moreChina Unveils First Economic Blueprint for “New Era”

President Trump’s “State Visit-Plus” to China – Key Outcomes

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In the below update, we examine the key outcomes from what the Chinese government billed as President Trump’s “state visit-plus” last week, particularly with regard to bilateral economic relations and tensions on the Korean peninsula.  A big win for Beijing Without any of the hitches that often occur during the highest level Sino-U.S. exchanges, Trump’s … Read morePresident Trump’s “State Visit-Plus” to China – Key Outcomes