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Bonnie Girard

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.

China’s Double Standard on Terrorism
March 15, 2019
China’s Double Standard on Terrorism
While Beijing clamps down on Muslims in its own territory, it provides cover for Pakistan’s support of extremist groups.
China’s Double Standard on Terrorism
As Kim Jong Un Crossed China, Did He Like What He Saw?
March 08, 2019
As Kim Jong Un Crossed China, Did He Like What He Saw?
Kim’s train ride through China would have sent mixed signals about the country’s development model.
As Kim Jong Un Crossed China, Did He Like What He Saw?
The Real Danger of China’s National Intelligence Law
February 23, 2019
The Real Danger of China’s National Intelligence Law
There’s a bloody history behind the idea that the average Chinese citizen should defend national security from unspecified threats.
The Real Danger of China’s National Intelligence Law
Why the US Needs a China Specialist at Trade Talks in Beijing
February 13, 2019
Why the US Needs a China Specialist at Trade Talks in Beijing
Like Go, the rules of negotiations with China are simple – but the strategy is infinitely complex.
Why the US Needs a China Specialist at Trade Talks in Beijing
Trump’s State of The Union: What Wasn’t Said on China Spoke the Loudest
February 07, 2019
Trump’s State of The Union: What Wasn’t Said on China Spoke the Loudest
The U.S. president barely mentioned China in his address before Congress—and that spoke volumes.
Trump’s State of The Union: What Wasn’t Said on China Spoke the Loudest
Huawei’s Future Hinges on Its Ability to Outgrow Its Past
February 02, 2019
Huawei’s Future Hinges on Its Ability to Outgrow Its Past
Huawei was shaped by its early environment: '80s and '90s Shenzhen, where political connections trumped any law.
Huawei’s Future Hinges on Its Ability to Outgrow Its Past
Zambia Debates Chinese ‘Economic Slavery’
January 28, 2019
Zambia Debates Chinese ‘Economic Slavery’
The southern African country is seeing increasing backlash to China’s influence.
Zambia Debates Chinese ‘Economic Slavery’
How Post-WWI France Helped Shape Revolutionary China
January 22, 2019
How Post-WWI France Helped Shape Revolutionary China
A Chinese work-study program in France turns 100 this year. Its impact is still felt today.
How Post-WWI France Helped Shape Revolutionary China
An American Hotel That Reports to the Chinese State Council
January 12, 2019
An American Hotel That Reports to the Chinese State Council
Chinese state enterprises’ quiet investments in the U.S.
An American Hotel That Reports to the Chinese State Council
A New Approach to China – and the World – From the US Department of Defense
January 05, 2019
A New Approach to China – and the World – From the US Department of Defense
What new Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan might mean for U.S.-China defense relations.
A New Approach to China – and the World – From the US Department of Defense
Grinch China: Three Decades of China’s Problem with Christianity
December 27, 2018
Grinch China: Three Decades of China’s Problem with Christianity
A brief history of China's delicate dance with Christianity at Christmas.
Grinch China: Three Decades of China’s Problem with Christianity
40 Years of Social Change in China
December 20, 2018
40 Years of Social Change in China
Opening up and economic reform may have brought unintended consequences.
40 Years of Social Change in China
Pearls, Angel Wings, and Taxi Rides: The Faces of the Chinese Economic Slowdown
December 17, 2018
Pearls, Angel Wings, and Taxi Rides: The Faces of the Chinese Economic Slowdown
How the trade war is hitting home for average Chinese in Beijing and beyond.
Pearls, Angel Wings, and Taxi Rides: The Faces of the Chinese Economic Slowdown
Explaining China’s Huawei Backlash
December 14, 2018
Explaining China’s Huawei Backlash
To understand the furor over Meng Wanzhou’s arrest, you have to understand what Huawei means in China, and why.
Explaining China’s Huawei Backlash
The G20 Summit: Highlighting China’s Headache
December 01, 2018
The G20 Summit: Highlighting China’s Headache
Xi has a choice: stand tough and risk economic disaster, or compromise and risk looking weak at home.
The G20 Summit: Highlighting China’s Headache
Papua New Guinea Stands up to China – For Now
November 23, 2018
Papua New Guinea Stands up to China – For Now
Reports of China “bullying” APEC's poorest member marred the latest annual summit in PNG.
Papua New Guinea Stands up to China – For Now
Why Didn’t China Honor Its World War I Dead?
November 15, 2018
Why Didn’t China Honor Its World War I Dead?
Skipping the Armistice Day ceremonies in Paris was a missed opportunity for Xi Jinping.
Why Didn’t China Honor Its World War I Dead?
The US-China Trade War Shows up in Tennessee
November 08, 2018
The US-China Trade War Shows up in Tennessee
In the Smoky Mountains, there’s evidence of a change in U.S. buying habits.
The US-China Trade War Shows up in Tennessee
The Common Goal of Donald Trump and Xi Jinping: ‘Drain The Swamp’
November 01, 2018
The Common Goal of Donald Trump and Xi Jinping: ‘Drain The Swamp’
Could an anti-corruption mission provide the common ground Trump and Xi need to break the trade deadlock?
The Common Goal of Donald Trump and Xi Jinping: ‘Drain The Swamp’
What Will the US-China Trade War Mean for Africa?
October 25, 2018
What Will the US-China Trade War Mean for Africa?
The collateral damage and potential opportunities, as seen from Uganda, Nigeria, and Ethiopia.
What Will the US-China Trade War Mean for Africa?
Religion Is ‘Spiritual Anesthesia’: The Ideology Behind China’s Uyghur Crackdown
October 17, 2018
Religion Is ‘Spiritual Anesthesia’: The Ideology Behind China’s Uyghur Crackdown
Xinjiang’s Muslims are just the latest victim of the CCP’s contempt for religion.
Religion Is ‘Spiritual Anesthesia’: The Ideology Behind China’s Uyghur Crackdown
Meng Hongwei and the Rule of Law With Chinese Characteristics
October 09, 2018
Meng Hongwei and the Rule of Law With Chinese Characteristics
The former Interpol chief is the latest example of China’s problematic justice system.
Meng Hongwei and the Rule of Law With Chinese Characteristics
Red Scarves and Iowa Newspapers: China’s Propaganda in Action
October 05, 2018
Red Scarves and Iowa Newspapers: China’s Propaganda in Action
Chinese domestic media mechanisms falter in the international arena.
Red Scarves and Iowa Newspapers: China’s Propaganda in Action
Where US Sanctions Bite China’s Military
September 26, 2018
Where US Sanctions Bite China’s Military
Some of the new sanctions are harmless, from China's perspective, but one is likely to hurt.
Where US Sanctions Bite China’s Military
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