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Bonnie Girard

Bonnie Girard

Bonnie Girard is President of China Channel Ltd. She has lived and worked in China for half of her adult life, beginning in 1987 when she studied at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing.

Bonnie Girard has lived and worked in China for half of her adult life, beginning in 1987 when she studied at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing. In 1996, after nine years in China and having worked for European multinational telecommunications companies in their China sales and operations throughout the country, she founded China Channel, the first independent consultancy providing due diligence for foreign companies coming into the Chinese market. In the years since, Bonnie, British husband and partner Roland Evans, and her colleagues in China have handled China issues for clients as diverse as Lloyd’s of London, IBM, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and Brunswick Bowling.

Bonnie is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been responsible for the negotiation and implementation of over $1 billion worth of contracts in China, and is a frequent speaker on Chinese business and political issues. Bonnie grew up in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, in a family long active in government, foreign service, academics, and journalism. She handles all of her personal and professional business in China in Mandarin Chinese. She can be reached by email here, and on Twitter at @BonnieGirard.

Posts by Bonnie Girard
February 12, 2020

Everyday Life in China Under the Shadow of Coronavirus

By Bonnie Girard
“Living on top of a mountain” with food deliveries, no masks – and a surprisingly upbeat outlook.

January 29, 2020

Harvard’s Chemistry Department Chair Arrested for Lying About Ties to China’s Thousand Talents Program

By Bonnie Girard
Charles Lieber’s case ties into broader efforts by the U.S. government to force disclosures of ties with China-sponsored research programs.
January 21, 2020

Pomp and Circumstance: Interpreting the Signing Ceremony of the US-China Trade Deal

By Bonnie Girard
What signals did the ceremony send about the substance of the deal?

January 11, 2020

China’s Iran Dilemma

By Bonnie Girard
Beijing begins to discover the price of international adventurism.

December 18, 2019

White House Touts ‘Very Significant’ Phase One China Trade Deal

By Bonnie Girard
A White House press call includes some more details on the agreement that was announced December 13.

December 12, 2019

China Is Taking Patents Seriously. The World Should Take Notice.

By Bonnie Girard
China has spent 35 years quietly building a patent system that BRI is now helping to extend.
November 30, 2019

US Senate Hearing Raises Alarm Over China’s Talent Recruitment Plans

By Bonnie Girard
Among other concerns, witness testimony pointed to “shadow labs” in China that mirror U.S- funded cutting-edge research.

November 23, 2019

China and the UAE: Birds of a Feather?

By Bonnie Girard
The burgeoning relationship is driven by mutual self-interest and a shared embrace of the “noninterference” doctrine.

November 13, 2019

Damnatio Memoriae in China: Zhao Ziyang Is Laid to Rest

By Bonnie Girard
Zhao was written out of Chinese history for showing sympathy to the Tiananmen protesters. The indignity continued even after his death.

November 08, 2019

Hukous: Being Illegal in One’s Own Country

By Bonnie Girard
China’s hukou system is getting worse, not better.

September 30, 2019

A Firsthand Account of Huawei’s PR Drive

By Bonnie Girard
From infomercials to 5G licensing, Huawei is attempting to win Western hearts.
September 13, 2019

A Lockdown in Central Beijing

By Bonnie Girard
The Chinese capital locked up tourists and business travelers will little advance notice, all for a parade rehearsal.

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