Current Affairs


Intellectual Property Rights in China: From International Obligations to Conflict of Interests

One of the most widely used arguments when discussing the various episodes involving trade tensions between the United States and China has been the fact that billions of dollars are lost each year due to IP rights not being respected properly. On the one hand, you have China’s post-2017 commitment to stricter enforcement, with measures


Making Sense of China’s Government Debt Sustainability (or Lack Thereof)

According to the most recent IMF data that is available (their April 2019 World Economic Outlook dataset), the general government gross debt of China as a percentage of its GDP is 55.4%, which seems remarkably low if you compare it to many of the world’s most developed nations. In fact, China’s gross debt to GDP


China’s Love/Hate Relationship with Bitcoin and Crypto

It’s impossible not to follow bitcoin and cryptocurrencies without noticing how important the Chinese variable is and has been, despite the authorities in China having little love for digital currencies. In other words, the “love” dimension of the relationship is represented by the fact that a lot of Chinese INVESTORS want to have bitcoin/crypto exposure,


Does China Have a Transparency Problem?

Our main goal here at is to be frank with respect to both the pros and cons associated with China. While we firmly stand behind our baseline assumption that China is poised to dominate the global economy in ways few analysts anticipate over the course of the next decades, it’s important to understand that


Are Reforms (Still) Necessary in China?

As an outside observer, it’s hard not to succumb to the temptation of continuously praising China for its post-1978 economic results. Indeed, the reforms implemented by its post-1978 leaders, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, have generated impressive economic growth in a way that past generations would have had difficulties even trying to comprehend. However,


China and Modern-Day (Post-Reform) Imports: From Bumpy Road to Culture-Altering Phenomenon

December of 1978 marks a momentous occasion, with China’s reforms finally giving foreign players reasonable access to its domestic market and as of 1979, major companies starting taking advantage of the fact that imports were allowed by China, with Japan’s Panasonic, the US companies IBM as well as Coca-Cola and French Pierre Cardin being among


Is China’s Economy Slowing Down?

China’s 2018 GDP ended up reaching 90 trillion Yuan (slightly over $13 trillion), a 6.6% YOY growth which represents the slowest pace since 1990. For 2019, the growth rate is estimated to be in the 6% to 6.5% zone. While these percentages may seem impressive by Western standards, they are not as impressive if one


China’s 2018 Economic Numbers and Outlook/Targets for 2019

After a 6.6% growth rate for 2018 (an almost three-decade low), China aims for an economic growth rate in the 6% to 6.5% zone and while this may seem less than impressive compared to the numbers of the past, it’s important to understand that the authorities are interested in transitioning to a more sustainable pace