Tag Archives: Wen Jiabao

China’s Workers Find Their Voice

In 2010, China’s workers found their voice. Emboldened by the country’s new labor law, encouraged by China’s continued economic progress, and frustrated that they are not sharing enough in the wealth being created, workers have found new ways to demonstrate their dissatisfaction. Ten workers at Foxconn’s giant factory in Shenzhen expressed their discontent in the [...]

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Help With Iran: Forget It!

In case you haven’t noticed, the deteriorating relationship between the United States and China is turning out to be the major story of 2010. Quite apart from tensions on trade and the currency, new issues are popping up every day, and old issues like Taiwan that have not been in the news for some time [...]

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Copenhagen: A Failure of Leadership

It was supposed to be history in the making when representatives from 192 countries met in Copenhagen to formulate a global solution to what some believe is the biggest problem facing mankind. Instead, it degenerated into a sometimes tawdry display of finger-pointing and trading of barbs between representatives from the developed countries of the world [...]

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China Draws the Lines

Now that all of the state visits are over, Wen Jiabao, China’s premier, drew some pretty clear lines in the sand regarding China’s currency and climate change policies. Speaking at the conclusion of the EU-China summit in Nanjing, Wen said: “Some countries on the one hand want the renminbi to appreciate, but on the other [...]

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A New World Order

A New World Order

When past U.S. presidents have visited China, discussions with their Chinese counterparts have been largely limited to trade and human rights. This time around, when President Barack Obama comes to Beijing, it will be different. Never has the agenda between China and the United States been so broad. The list of items that President Obama [...]

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China Rests For the Holidays

China Rests For the Holidays

If you happen to be in Beijing, you are no doubt enjoying the great weather, the empty streets and the calm and quiet that has descended upon China’s capital city over this holiday period. The 60th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, combined with Mid-Autumn Festival, have given China’s citizens eight [...]

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Geithner as Bond Salesman

Before Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner headed to Beijing over the weekend, a senior Treasury Department official was quoted as saying that Geithner plans to press Beijing to take drastic measures to turn China’s economy into one that depends heavily on sales to domestic consumers and less on sales to the U.S. and other [...]

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The Reasons Behind China’s Words and Deeds

The Reasons Behind China’s Words and Deeds

In recent weeks, two events, one military and one economic, have been interpreted as an indication of new aggressiveness on the part of China. On Sunday, March 8, five Chinese vessels shadowed and then surrounded the USNS Impeccable, a surveillance ship,  approximately 75 miles south of Hainan Island. The Pentagon described the Chinese action as [...]

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China as Investor: The New Dynamic in U.S. Finance

China as Investor: The New Dynamic in U.S. Finance

Along with reassuring the media that China can meet its growth target of 8 percent in 2009 and that the country can do more to boost its economy if necessary, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao made another very interesting comment at his press conference on Friday, following the closing of the National People’s Congress in Beijing. [...]

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Exports: How Important Are They to China?

It may seem like a question with an all too obvious answer. After all, haven’t exports been the key driver of China’s development over the past 30 years? The many stories that have been written over the years about China’s emergence as the “workshop for the world” certainly suggest that exports are very important. That [...]

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