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September 19, 2017

China
China's August Reserves China's August Reserves

For the past fifteen or more years, if not longer, the flow of foreign exchange in and out of China has never quite seemed to balance. Either the yuan was a one way bet up, and the PBOC had to buy fo…

September 7, 2017

Nigeria
China-Nigeria-Buhari-Keqiang-Infrastructure China Gives a Dam

The Nigerian government has announced that the China Civil Engineering Corporation will complete a huge hydropower plant in the Mambila region of Taraba state, a plateau near the border with Cameroon…

September 28, 2017

China
The IMF’s China Problem The IMF’s China Problem

Giving macroeconomic policy advice to a country that saves 46 percent of its GDP is hard. Imprudent domestic policies help limit large external (trade) imbalances, and more prudent domestic policies …

July 24, 2017

China
China's June Reserves China's June Reserves

No sign of pressure on China's exchange rate regime in the June intervention proxies. Overall intervention in the second quarter is back at pre-August 2015 levels.

August 21, 2017

Southeast Asia
ASEAN foreign ministers_8.6.2017 ASEAN, China, and the Lasting Divisions Over the South China Sea

Following the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) foreign ministers meeting earlier this month in Manila, China and Southeast Asian nations announced that they had agreed on a framework f…

April 3, 2017

China
Auto Trade with China Auto Trade with China

Autos are one of the United States’ most important exports to China—ranking just behind aircraft and soybeans and (at times) non-monetary gold (through Hong Kong). Broadly speaking, the U.S. exports…

June 19, 2017

China
flag_6.1.2017 China’s Soft Power—a Discussion

Over the past two decades, subsequent Chinese governments have invested heavily in soft power, particularly in developing regions of the world. Beginning in the early 2000s, Beijing began dramaticall…

May 31, 2017

China
China pays more than other similarly-ranked countries on its government debt Downgraded China Doth Protest Too Much

Moody’s recently downgraded China’s credit rating from Aa3 to A1, on expectations that the country’s debt stock—already over 250 percent of GDP—will rise further with slowing potential growth. Chines…

August 21, 2017

China
China: Quarterly Outflow Measures Asia is Adding to its FX Reserves in 2017 (China Included?)

Perceptions often lag economic shifts. President Trump for example campaigned against China’s currency manipulation at a time when China was selling foreign exchange in the market, and thus didn’t…

March 9, 2017

China
China Wins if NAFTA Dies

Much is made of the perils of ending NAFTA for Mexico, and rightly so. The 23-year-old agreement has helped the nation not only boost trade but also transform its economy, moving from a commodity to …