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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
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.
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.

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