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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
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.
September 04, 2019

Young Students Make Their Voices Heard in Hong Kong

By Bonnie Girard
The generation born under Chinese sovereignty in Hong Kong is pushing back on Beijing, too.

September 04, 2019

In Hong Kong, The World of Suzie Wong Became a War Zone

By Bonnie Girard
Over the weekend, protesters took over Wanchai District in Hong Kong.

August 26, 2019

Hong Kong: The Anatomy of a Protest

By Bonnie Girard
Things started peacefully – the chaos came later.

August 16, 2019

Battle-Ready: The PLA’s Hong Kong Garrison

By Bonnie Girard
Will China cross the Rubicon by sending its military to Hong Kong?

August 09, 2019

China's Currency Devaluation Triggers US Charge of Manipulation

By Bonnie Girard
The designation carries no penalties, but it will have a ripple effect on China’s economy.
August 02, 2019

How Boris Johnson Will Approach UK-China Relations

By Bonnie Girard
The new British prime minister won’t follow in Trump’s footsteps when it comes to China, but there are some similarities.

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