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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.

Explaining China’s Huawei Backlash
December 14, 2018
Explaining China’s Huawei Backlash
To understand the furor over Meng Wanzhou’s arrest, you have to understand what Huawei means in China, and why.
Explaining China’s Huawei Backlash
The G20 Summit: Highlighting China’s Headache
December 01, 2018
The G20 Summit: Highlighting China’s Headache
Xi has a choice: stand tough and risk economic disaster, or compromise and risk looking weak at home.
The G20 Summit: Highlighting China’s Headache
Papua New Guinea Stands up to China – For Now
November 23, 2018
Papua New Guinea Stands up to China – For Now
Reports of China “bullying” APEC's poorest member marred the latest annual summit in PNG.
Papua New Guinea Stands up to China – For Now
Why Didn’t China Honor Its World War I Dead?
November 15, 2018
Why Didn’t China Honor Its World War I Dead?
Skipping the Armistice Day ceremonies in Paris was a missed opportunity for Xi Jinping.
Why Didn’t China Honor Its World War I Dead?
The US-China Trade War Shows up in Tennessee
November 08, 2018
The US-China Trade War Shows up in Tennessee
In the Smoky Mountains, there’s evidence of a change in U.S. buying habits.
The US-China Trade War Shows up in Tennessee
The Common Goal of Donald Trump and Xi Jinping: ‘Drain The Swamp’
November 01, 2018
The Common Goal of Donald Trump and Xi Jinping: ‘Drain The Swamp’
Could an anti-corruption mission provide the common ground Trump and Xi need to break the trade deadlock?
The Common Goal of Donald Trump and Xi Jinping: ‘Drain The Swamp’
What Will the US-China Trade War Mean for Africa?
October 25, 2018
What Will the US-China Trade War Mean for Africa?
The collateral damage and potential opportunities, as seen from Uganda, Nigeria, and Ethiopia.
What Will the US-China Trade War Mean for Africa?
Religion Is ‘Spiritual Anesthesia’: The Ideology Behind China’s Uyghur Crackdown
October 17, 2018
Religion Is ‘Spiritual Anesthesia’: The Ideology Behind China’s Uyghur Crackdown
Xinjiang’s Muslims are just the latest victim of the CCP’s contempt for religion.
Religion Is ‘Spiritual Anesthesia’: The Ideology Behind China’s Uyghur Crackdown
Meng Hongwei and the Rule of Law With Chinese Characteristics
October 09, 2018
Meng Hongwei and the Rule of Law With Chinese Characteristics
The former Interpol chief is the latest example of China’s problematic justice system.
Meng Hongwei and the Rule of Law With Chinese Characteristics
Red Scarves and Iowa Newspapers: China’s Propaganda in Action
October 05, 2018
Red Scarves and Iowa Newspapers: China’s Propaganda in Action
Chinese domestic media mechanisms falter in the international arena.
Red Scarves and Iowa Newspapers: China’s Propaganda in Action
Where US Sanctions Bite China’s Military
September 26, 2018
Where US Sanctions Bite China’s Military
Some of the new sanctions are harmless, from China's perspective, but one is likely to hurt.
Where US Sanctions Bite China’s Military
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
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