This week marks the 25-year anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests. China continues to prohibit discussion about the event, but that hasn’t stopped the government from polishing its image and pushing its interests in the United States.Continue reading
Friends in high places: Major Obama donors with interests in China
Obama donors with business interests in China have benefitted in the past from access to President Xi Jinping. Here's a rundown of some of Obama’s major donors with business ties to the country as the two enter talks.Continue reading
Could the United Nations squelch freedom on the Internet?
Activists expressed concern this week that several United Nations proposals to regulate the Internet would undermine freedom and give too much control over the World Wide Web.
Proposals to centralize Internet regulation will be discussed at the two upcoming U.N. winter conferences -- the Internet Governance Forum in November and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) meeting in December.
But panelists at “Clear and Present Danger: Attempts to Change Internet Governance and Implications for Press Freedom,” a National Endowment for Democracy forum in Washington argued for maintaining a more decentralized Internet.
“We see the potential to shift Internet governance away from ...Continue reading
Political ads left and right stoke fears of big, bad China
Xi Jinping, the vice president and presumptive next president of China, today visits the White House on a four-day tour... View ArticleContinue reading
Chinese Companies Register To Lobby Congress
The business ties between the United States and China have been highlighted during the current state visit of the Chinese... View ArticleContinue reading
$4.5 billion-dollar tariff break back
Among the tariff suspension bills considered by the 110th Congress, which went out of business before passing any of the them, one stood out: the Affordable Footwear Act. Most tariff suspension bills--which temporarily reduce taxes on imported goods--have only one sponsor. This one drew 157 co-sponsors. Most tariff bills benefit one firm, or at most a handful of firms; this one was accompanied by 111 pages of letters, all but three of which were from supporters. Most tariff bills cost the Treasury at most a couple of million while they're in effect; this one had at 2009 price tag ...Continue reading
Chinese Bribery Chart
TRACE International released a report on bribery in China that includes some really interesting charts. While I’m sure that bribery... View ArticleContinue reading