I wrote a piece for Forbes explaining that contrary to what many analysts say, the enormous investments in infrastructure in China will be good for the economy and also visionary on the part of China’s leadership: http://www.forbes.com/sites/annlee/2012/07/22/why-chinas-high-investment-levels-wont-hurt-them/
Reuters has reported that a bill about to be signed by Obama will allow existing tariffs on imported goods from China to stay in place after they were threatened by a court ruling. At a time when there seems to be little bipartisan support for anything, it is surprising that this piece of legislation enjoys popularity from both sides of the aisle. Certainly, there is a broad perception in the U.S. that China does not play by the rules, that the U.S. engages in free market capitalism while China engages in mercantilism.
Unfortunately, like all disagreements, the truth is not black and white, but shades of gray. Continue reading
The FT reported that China’s central bank has argued for loosening its capital controls in a landmark report: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/bd948148-5dfd-11e1-8c87-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1nDRQgZ00
Such a move if it were to happen would be a giant boon to the U.S. financial sector for the following reasons:
-It could create the potential for a whole new set of derivative products.
-It would provide more investment opportunities and banking opportunities to financial firms.
-It could increase commissions exponentially by the tsunami of transaction volume. Continue reading
“We’ve displayed to this world leader our work ethic, No. 1, and our value for friendship; that’s No. 2,” Mayor DeWayne M. Hopkins said in an interview at City Hall. “If that message can be disseminated into the rest of the United States in encouragement for people to be interested in Muscatine and perhaps relocate here – and I mean people all the way from households up to retail and manufacturing – then that’s a plus.”
The above quote refers to the visit to Iowa by Xi Jinping where the Chinese president in waiting once spent time as a young man. His visit underscores the desire for the Chinese to maintain strong relations with the U.S., but his choice of cities also underscores his sympathies for the common man. Continue reading
My heart goes out to the Syrian people who are being killed, and I pray that the violence there would end soon. But I must note that the political rhetoric coming out of Ambassador Susan Rice’s mouth is a bit appalling. For one, to say that Russia and China have blood on their hands for vetoing the UN resolution conveniently ignores the fact that opposition groups the U.S. and Western nations have supported are just as bad or possibly worse than the ones deposed. Amnesty International has recently reported that there is widespread torture in Libya today by the freedom fighters that NATO backed. The Egyptian military who receives aid and training from the U.S., continues to torture its citizens as well. And now that U.S. troops have withdrawn from Iraq, Maliki ordered a wave of arrests, encircled ministers’ homes with tanks, and quickly consolidated power in the same fashion as Saddam Hussein. Many believe Iraq is now on the verge of a civil war. This is after hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths have already resulted from the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 as reported by Lancet. It is clear that something must be done to end the violence. But using charged political rhetoric to justify another invasion in order to install another dictator is the height of irresponsibility.
In his State of the Union Address President Obama had this to say about China:
Tonight, I’m announcing the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit that will be charged with investigating unfair trade practices in countries like China. There will be more inspections to prevent counterfeit or unsafe goods from crossing our borders. And this Congress should make sure that no foreign company has an advantage over American manufacturing when it comes to accessing finance or new markets like Russia. Our workers are the most productive on Earth, and if the playing field is level, I promise you – America will always win.
Now, I don’t endorse counterfeit goods, but counterfeit and unsafe products coming from China constitute a very small percentage of the industries that affect US employment. According to the United Nations on Drug and Crime, in FY 2009, mainland China was the source of $205 million worth of goods seized in the United States. However, the size of the U.S. economy is over $14 trillion. Continue reading
1. The Chinese Central bank (PBOC) will relax interest rates.
2. The Chinese banks will return to easy lending.
3. The expected real estate bubble will not
burst the Chinese economy because the Chinese government will soften real estate
4. Chinese consumption will creep towards
40% of GDP.
5. Wang Qishan will be the Premier.
6. China will create more small banks to
lend to SMEs and TVEs.
7. China will use the north Canton area to
experiment with democracy as a way to solve the land grab issue.
8. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange will be
allowed to trade in China and link up with the Shanghai Stock exchange to
create a world powerhouse.
9. China will team up with the Eurozone to
set up an International Currency Regulatory Authority.
10. China will create an Asian currency bloc with Japan and S.
Economist Paul Krugman probably ranks among the biggest China bashers among well-known economists. His latest article http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/19/opinion/krugman-will-china-break.html?_r=1&emc=eta1 continues to fuel the usual misperceptions about China. First he claims that Chinese consumption still remains too low at 35%. He fails to mention, however, that low consumption is normal for countries that successfully transition from an agricultural economy to an industrial one because capital earns a greater share of national income. He also conveniently ignores the fact that China’s per capita consumption growth this past decade is the fastest ever recorded by any nation. The real per capita consumption growth actually accelerated to 10% per year.
He also claims that China has a real estate bubble Continue reading
Welcome to the official website of the book, What the U.S. Can Learn from China. You can navigate through the site using the menu above to find out when Ann Lee’s next speaking engagements will take place, what she has to say about various issues in the media, and how to book her for future commentary, especially about China, the U.S., and the opportunities for improvement in both nations .
While America is still reeling from the 2008 financial crisis, a high unemployment rate, and a surge in government debt, China’s economy is the second largest in the world and many predict will surpass the U.S. by 2020. President Obama called China’s rise “a Sputnik moment”—will America seize this moment or continue to treat China as its scapegoat?
Many in mainstream media and in the U.S.government regularly target China as a threat. Rather than viewing China’s power, influence, and contributions to the global economy in a negative light, Ann Lee asks: What can America learn from its competition? Why did China suffer so little from the global economic meltdown? What accounts for China’s extraordinary growth, despite one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world? How does the Chinese political system avoid partisan rancor but achieve genuine public accountability? From education to governance to foreign aid, Lee details the policies and practices that have made China a global power and then isolates the ways the U.S. can use China’s enduring principles to foster much-needed change at home. Continue reading