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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
October 30, 2020

With New Offensive Weapons Package, Trump Administration Goes All-in for Taiwan

By Bonnie Girard
The sale of new missile systems stretches the concept of “defensive” weaponry to its limit.

October 20, 2020

The US Government Partners With Academia to Root out Chinese Talent Plans

By Bonnie Girard
U.S. universities and research institutions are waking up to the problem of U.S. grants going to Chinese government-funded scientists.
September 29, 2020

It’s Time to Offer Washington Innovative Solutions for Dealing with China

By Bonnie Girard
As recent testimony to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission demonstrates, there’s a need for specific, innovative policy suggestions regarding China. 

September 17, 2020

From the Deal to Decoupling: Trump’s Evolution on China

By Bonnie Girard
How far can the administration push without completely upending the foundations of the U.S.-China relationship? We might be about to find out.

August 08, 2020

Chinese Government-Paid Scientists Plead Guilty to Stealing Research From an American Children’s Hospital

By Bonnie Girard
The same week, hundreds of NGOs urged the U.S. attorney general to designate the Chinese Communist Party a “transnational criminal organization.”

June 05, 2020

A Reminder of the Chinese Contribution on D-Day

By Bonnie Girard
Huang Tingxin was given the French Legion of Honor for his service during the Allied campaign.
May 21, 2020

The US Pulls Pensions Out of China. What’s the End Game?

By Bonnie Girard
Coming as part of a sea change in Trump's rhetoric toward China, this could be the start of a larger strategy.

May 07, 2020

China and Gulf Security: Conspicuous By Its Absence

By Bonnie Girard
Countries from Europe to East Asia are conducting patrols to ensure safe shipping lanes through the Gulf. Why isn't China taking part?

April 23, 2020

Racism Is Alive and Well in China

By Bonnie Girard
The problem is decades old, but some Chinese are trying to do something about it.

March 26, 2020

Combating COVID-19 Without China

By Bonnie Girard
The White House is reaching out to global science leaders while China leans into its coronavirus disinformation campaign.

March 11, 2020

How the US Is Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak

By Bonnie Girard
As COVID-19 spreads, the Trump administration tries to bolster the economy – and distinguish its approach from China’s.
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.

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