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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 BRI Bet in the Middle East
July 18, 2018
China's BRI Bet in the Middle East
Can China's efforts survive scrutiny and politics?
China's BRI Bet in the Middle East
Is There Really a ‘China Model’?
July 13, 2018
Is There Really a ‘China Model’?
A closer look at Chinese claims that its blueprint for growth can be exported.
Is There Really a ‘China Model’?
Nixon’s China Sell-Out
July 10, 2018
Nixon’s China Sell-Out
Nixon’s China opening had little regards for American and allied troops in Vietnam.
Nixon’s China Sell-Out
A Fellow Named Chaos Goes To China
June 26, 2018
A Fellow Named Chaos Goes To China
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis arrived in Beijing today.
A Fellow Named Chaos Goes To China
Would Korean Reunification Threaten China?
June 23, 2018
Would Korean Reunification Threaten China?
A view from Beijing on Korean unification.
Would Korean Reunification Threaten China?
Soundbites, Subtleties, and Substance at the Singapore Summit
June 12, 2018
Soundbites, Subtleties, and Substance at the Singapore Summit
Main takeaways from a historic U.S-North Korea meeting.
Soundbites, Subtleties, and Substance at the Singapore Summit
Will World War II End Tomorrow?
June 11, 2018
Will World War II End Tomorrow?
Could the US-North Korea summit take care of unfinished business from WWII?
Will World War II End Tomorrow?
The Legacy of Tiananmen
June 06, 2018
The Legacy of Tiananmen
China's leaders made some cold-blooded calculations before sending in the tanks. Their choices still echo today.
The Legacy of Tiananmen
China’s Pursuit of Power in Asian Seas
May 29, 2018
China’s Pursuit of Power in Asian Seas
U.S. Congressional Research weighs in.
China’s Pursuit of Power in Asian Seas
Time to Counter China and Rebuild the US Navy? 
May 23, 2018
Time to Counter China and Rebuild the US Navy? 
A former U.S. Pacific Fleet Naval Intelligence chief testifies to Congress on China's maritime ambitions.
Time to Counter China and Rebuild the US Navy? 
The History of China and Iran’s Unlikely Partnership
May 16, 2018
The History of China and Iran’s Unlikely Partnership
How did a communist country and an theocracy form a close partnership?
The History of China and Iran’s Unlikely Partnership
The China Challenge to Churchill Downs
May 09, 2018
The China Challenge to Churchill Downs
Justify wins; transparency and accountability lose.
The China Challenge to Churchill Downs
The Fall of ZTE – Even Copying Wasn't an Option
May 02, 2018
The Fall of ZTE – Even Copying Wasn't an Option
China still finds itself at arm's length from achieving true excellence in cutting-edge, core technologies.
The Fall of ZTE – Even Copying Wasn't an Option
The Long Reach of Hu Yaobang
April 25, 2018
The Long Reach of Hu Yaobang
China's famous political reformer ironically helped pave the way for Xi's current crackdown on dissent.
The Long Reach of Hu Yaobang
Chinese Censorship Moves Into the American Workplace
February 21, 2018
Chinese Censorship Moves Into the American Workplace
Generations of censorship have not necessarily created a hunger for freedom of information and expression in China.
Chinese Censorship Moves Into the American Workplace
North Korea: China's Unwelcome Mirror
January 25, 2018
North Korea: China's Unwelcome Mirror
The unspoken reason China is reluctant to act against North Korea: Beijing sees echoes of itself in Pyongyang.
North Korea: China's Unwelcome Mirror
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