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01 февраля 2013, 19:03

Twins!

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If you want to know why I haven’t been writing much recently, here’s the reason: This Tuesday, January 29, at 6:45am, my wife Frances gave birth to twin baby girls.  Alice Chovanec (Chinese name Cheng Yilan) was born first, weighed 2.82kg (6 lbs, 4 ounces), and was 46cm long.  Rachel Chovanec (Chinese name Cheng Xinlan) […]

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13 января 2013, 17:47

What Causes Revolutions?

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A surprising number of people in China have been writing and talking about “revolution”.  First came word, in November, that China’s new leaders have been advising their colleagues to read Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic book on the French Revolution, L’Ancien Régime et la Révolution (The Old Regime and the Revolution), which subsequently has shot to […]

09 января 2013, 19:26

Enter the New Year

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I took a bit of a blogging break for the holidays, so this is a catch-up post. Just before Christmas I appeared on another edition of Sinica Podcast, this one focused on the looming clash between the U.S. and China over accounting standards for US-listed Chinese companies.  My fellow guest was Professor Paul Gillis from […]

12 декабря 2012, 15:24

Foreign Policy: Clash of the Balance Sheets

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I had a new article this week in Foreign Policy magazine on what may seem like an awfully arcane topic — a standoff between US and Chinese regulators over audit standards — but in fact has potentially huge implications for the future relationship between the world’s two largest economies.  You can read it below, or […]

12 ноября 2012, 07:08

Bloomberg: Challenges China’s New Leadership Faces

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On Friday, I was on Bloomberg TV talking about China’s latest economic data for October (at the time of my interview, only the inflation figures had been announced), and some of the key challenges facing China’s ruling party as it begins its once-in-a-decade leadership transition.  I took a distinctly contrarian view on the latest inflation […]

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27 октября 2012, 19:14

Sinica Podcast: Party Congress Preview

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You know you’ve hit the big time in China when you’re invited as a guest on Kaiser Kuo’s Sinica Podcast.  This week, I joined Kaiser’s co-host Jeremy Goldkorn of danwei.com for a discussion about China’s upcoming leadership transition.  I really recommend listening to the 45-minute session, not so much for my own comments — which […]

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20 октября 2012, 14:45

Boao Review: The Realities of Renminbi Internationalization

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I have an article in the October 2012 issue of Boao Review, the new journal published by the Boao Forum, on what the future may hold for China’s currency, the Renminbi.  I am told the article will be posted on the magazine’s website this week, and I will post a link when one is available. […]

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10 октября 2012, 18:51

NPR: What’s Going Wrong With China’s Solar Industry?

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Yesterday, I was on National Public Radio (NPR) talking about the meltdown in China’s heavily subsidized solar industry, as a follow up to my Wall Street Journal op-ed on that topic last month.  You can read the transcript below, or listen to the interview here. Steve Inskeep talks to Beijing-based economist Patrick Chovanec about too […]