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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.

The Socrates Project: The Key to Countering China?
July 16, 2019
The Socrates Project: The Key to Countering China?
The quest to advance American competitiveness could learn from a Reagan-era project.
The Socrates Project: The Key to Countering China?
2 Meetings Reveal Trump's Different Approaches to China and North Korea
July 04, 2019
2 Meetings Reveal Trump's Different Approaches to China and North Korea
China’s Xi adjusts to a “new normal," while Trump and Kim Jong Un make history.
2 Meetings Reveal Trump's Different Approaches to China and North Korea
Hong Kong’s Protesters Live up to Their City’s Heritage
June 24, 2019
Hong Kong’s Protesters Live up to Their City’s Heritage
An intrepid new generation is following in the footsteps of previous Hong Kongers.
Hong Kong’s Protesters Live up to Their City’s Heritage
Beijing After Tiananmen, Part 3: The Closing Chapter
June 14, 2019
Beijing After Tiananmen, Part 3: The Closing Chapter
A dinner invitation and bullet holes in the window.
Beijing After Tiananmen, Part 3: The Closing Chapter
Beijing After Tiananmen, Part 2: Life Under Martial Law
June 05, 2019
Beijing After Tiananmen, Part 2: Life Under Martial Law
Curfews, army checkpoints, and most of all pervasive fear marked life in Beijing after June 4, 1989.
Beijing After Tiananmen, Part 2: Life Under Martial Law
Beijing After Tiananmen: Part 1
June 03, 2019
Beijing After Tiananmen: Part 1
The massacre of protesters on June 4, 1989 was not the end of Beijing’s summer of terror.
Beijing After Tiananmen: Part 1
China Faces a Stronger Japan
May 31, 2019
China Faces a Stronger Japan
With Japan adding 105 more F-35 stealth fighters to its forces, is an arms race in store for the Asia-Pacific?
China Faces a Stronger Japan
China’s Curious Absence From a BRICS Business Conference
May 24, 2019
China’s Curious Absence From a BRICS Business Conference
The Eurasian Society’s conference in Washington, D.C. featured presentations from all the BRICS member states – except China.
China’s Curious Absence From a BRICS Business Conference
Why the US-China Trade Negotiations Are Stuck
May 18, 2019
Why the US-China Trade Negotiations Are Stuck
The problem centers on the most mistranslated word in the Chinese language: guanxi.
Why the US-China Trade Negotiations Are Stuck
Will Xi Jinping Blockade Taiwan?
May 07, 2019
Will Xi Jinping Blockade Taiwan?
If Xi Jinping isn’t positioning himself and his nation to rectify the issue of Taiwan once and for all, then who will?
Will Xi Jinping Blockade Taiwan?
China’s Navy Flaunts Its Power, But to What End?
April 25, 2019
China’s Navy Flaunts Its Power, But to What End?
The PLAN’s 70th anniversary celebration raises important questions about China’s increasingly capable military.
China’s Navy Flaunts Its Power, But to What End?
The Doolittle Raiders and Chinese Revisionist History
April 19, 2019
The Doolittle Raiders and Chinese Revisionist History
Generational censorship left a story of U.S.-China cooperation, bravery, and sacrifice untold.
The Doolittle Raiders and Chinese Revisionist History
Britain Confronts the China Challenge
April 12, 2019
Britain Confronts the China Challenge
A British Parliamentary Report questions the wisdom of proclaiming a “Golden Era” in UK-China relations.
Britain Confronts the China Challenge
A Bipartisan Congressional Group Supports Trump’s Tough-on-China Approach
April 05, 2019
A Bipartisan Congressional Group Supports Trump’s Tough-on-China Approach
In an otherwise divided Washington, there is surprising uniformity in messaging on the U.S.-China trade war.
A Bipartisan Congressional Group Supports Trump’s Tough-on-China Approach
The Curious Case of Jack Ma at West Point
March 29, 2019
The Curious Case of Jack Ma at West Point
Why did the U.S. Military Academy invite a Communist Party member who made his billions selling counterfeit goods?
The Curious Case of Jack Ma at West Point
China’s Double Standard on Terrorism
March 15, 2019
China’s Double Standard on Terrorism
While Beijing clamps down on Muslims in its own territory, it provides cover for Pakistan’s support of extremist groups.
China’s Double Standard on Terrorism
As Kim Jong Un Crossed China, Did He Like What He Saw?
March 08, 2019
As Kim Jong Un Crossed China, Did He Like What He Saw?
Kim’s train ride through China would have sent mixed signals about the country’s development model.
As Kim Jong Un Crossed China, Did He Like What He Saw?
The Real Danger of China’s National Intelligence Law
February 23, 2019
The Real Danger of China’s National Intelligence Law
There’s a bloody history behind the idea that the average Chinese citizen should defend national security from unspecified threats.
The Real Danger of China’s National Intelligence Law
Why the US Needs a China Specialist at Trade Talks in Beijing
February 13, 2019
Why the US Needs a China Specialist at Trade Talks in Beijing
Like Go, the rules of negotiations with China are simple – but the strategy is infinitely complex.
Why the US Needs a China Specialist at Trade Talks in Beijing
Trump’s State of The Union: What Wasn’t Said on China Spoke the Loudest
February 07, 2019
Trump’s State of The Union: What Wasn’t Said on China Spoke the Loudest
The U.S. president barely mentioned China in his address before Congress—and that spoke volumes.
Trump’s State of The Union: What Wasn’t Said on China Spoke the Loudest
Huawei’s Future Hinges on Its Ability to Outgrow Its Past
February 02, 2019
Huawei’s Future Hinges on Its Ability to Outgrow Its Past
Huawei was shaped by its early environment: '80s and '90s Shenzhen, where political connections trumped any law.
Huawei’s Future Hinges on Its Ability to Outgrow Its Past
Zambia Debates Chinese ‘Economic Slavery’
January 28, 2019
Zambia Debates Chinese ‘Economic Slavery’
The southern African country is seeing increasing backlash to China’s influence.
Zambia Debates Chinese ‘Economic Slavery’
How Post-WWI France Helped Shape Revolutionary China
January 22, 2019
How Post-WWI France Helped Shape Revolutionary China
A Chinese work-study program in France turns 100 this year. Its impact is still felt today.
How Post-WWI France Helped Shape Revolutionary China
An American Hotel That Reports to the Chinese State Council
January 12, 2019
An American Hotel That Reports to the Chinese State Council
Chinese state enterprises’ quiet investments in the U.S.
An American Hotel That Reports to the Chinese State Council
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