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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
July 19, 2021

What Cultured Meat Can Tell Us About China

By Bonnie Girard
A new survey on a niche product provides a window into changing attitudes, and even has implications for Chinese national security.

June 30, 2021

The CCP Can’t Take Credit for China’s Phenomenal Economic Growth

By Bonnie Girard
The Chinese Communist Party has never been adept at creating the conditions for economic development, except when it steps away.
June 26, 2021

At 100 Years Old, China’s Communist Party Still Can’t Get Along with Its Next-Door Neighbors

By Bonnie Girard
Central Asian governments might be cozy with Beijing, but Central Asian people continue to protest China's rising influence.

May 29, 2021

How Will the Chinese Communist Party Withstand Increasing Calls for COVID-19 Pandemic Accountability?

By Bonnie Girard
As international outrage mounts, can the CCP replicate its success in escaping pariah status after the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989?

May 26, 2021

The Secret Behind the Chinese Communist Party’s Perseverance

By Bonnie Girard
One of the key factors in the CCP's survival is its insistence on perpetuating its own truth.

May 06, 2021

China ‘in a Category by Itself’ of Religious Rights Violators

By Bonnie Girard
An interview with Gary Bauer, commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
April 28, 2021

Policy Advisers Urge US Government to Ratchet up the Pressure on China

By Bonnie Girard
From economies to politics, the language on China is increasingly direct, as evidenced by a recent USCESRC hearing.

March 31, 2021

Despite Sanctions Tiff, It’s Business as Usual for European Firms in China

By Bonnie Girard
China’s dramatic response at the political level has not impacted its courtship of European businesses.

March 17, 2021

China Takes Aim at UK Ambassador Over Media Freedom Post

By Bonnie Girard
British Ambassador to China Caroline Wilson learns the hard way how prickly Beijing is, even to sympathetic criticisms.

February 26, 2021

The Politics Behind China’s COVID-19 Vaccine Choices

By Bonnie Girard
China is keeping its vaccination campaign homegrown -- despite some reservations from the public.

February 23, 2021

How Will China Avoid Consequences for Its Uyghur Policy?

By Bonnie Girard
The international toll is growing. But the domestic consequences are what Beijing should truly fear.
January 30, 2021

Rising Shipping Costs in China Add Weight to Decoupling Calls

By Bonnie Girard
The latest knock-on effect of the pandemic -- ballooning shipping costs for Chinese exports -- have laid bare the risks of current supply chain patterns.

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