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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 Great Property Wall
September 19, 2018
China's Great Property Wall
Is it time to bring real estate into the trade war?
China's Great Property Wall
How 1980 Laid the Groundwork for China’s Major Foreign Policy Challenges
September 12, 2018
How 1980 Laid the Groundwork for China’s Major Foreign Policy Challenges
China’s policies on Afghanistan, Xinjiang, Russia, terrorism, and the trade war – all have their roots in the late Cold War era.
How 1980 Laid the Groundwork for China’s Major Foreign Policy Challenges
British Loot and China’s Belt and Road
September 07, 2018
British Loot and China’s Belt and Road
Does the past augur the future?
British Loot and China’s Belt and Road
What China Can Learn From the US-Mexico Deal
August 29, 2018
What China Can Learn From the US-Mexico Deal
Reading the tea leaves of President Trump’s announced trade breakthrough.
What China Can Learn From the US-Mexico Deal
The Misconceptions at the Heart of the US-China Trade War
August 23, 2018
The Misconceptions at the Heart of the US-China Trade War
Talks won't do much good unless both sides come to understand how their opponent thinks about the issues.
The Misconceptions at the Heart of the US-China Trade War
Zhengzhou and Luxembourg: An Improbable Partnership
August 15, 2018
Zhengzhou and Luxembourg: An Improbable Partnership
How the Belt and Road is playing out in one rural Chinese province's links to Europe.
Zhengzhou and Luxembourg: An Improbable Partnership
Google's China Plans: Backtrack and Backlash
August 08, 2018
Google's China Plans: Backtrack and Backlash
Is Google going to give China a censored search engine?
Google's China Plans: Backtrack and Backlash
Army Day in China Exposes Xi Jinping’s PLA Challenges
August 02, 2018
Army Day in China Exposes Xi Jinping’s PLA Challenges
Problems abound, from closing down PLA businesses to taking care of veterans.
Army Day in China Exposes Xi Jinping’s PLA Challenges
The US Senate Considers China's Economic Coercion  
July 30, 2018
The US Senate Considers China's Economic Coercion  
One rare area of bipartisan agreement is over the threat of Chinese predatory practices.
The US Senate Considers China's Economic Coercion  
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
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