Pulse: International Trade and Investment


The Essence of Japan’s Plight

A failure to realize that this is not your father’s economy

Japan as 196th

How could Japan have come in 196th out of 196 countries, just behind North Korea? That’s what the 2019 data show for the ratio of inward foreign direct investment (FDI) to GDP despite years of efforts by Tokyo.

Anticipating Anomalies in Global Supply Chains

A webinar organized by Foreign Policy with experts from both the public and private sector. The panelists included Dr. Kelly Fletcher, Bob Kolasky, Brittany Masalosalo, Col. (ret.) John Mills, and journalist Maggie Lake as the moderator. It was a wide-ranging conversation on assessing the current state of global supply chains while coexisting with the COVID-19 virus.

U.S.-Taiwan Relations After the U.S. Election Talk at Georgetown's SFS

Eleanor Shiori Hughes is an MA Candidate in Asian Studies at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS).  In this report, she details how she recently hosted a webinar for her graduate program with Sean King, Senior VP of Park Strategies and an affiliated scholar at the University of Notre Dame's Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, on the evolution of U.S.-Taiwan relations and its trajectory going forward under the incoming Biden administration. 

 

Peru's Deepening Relations with the PRC

The positive side of Peru's political difficulties is that this has been a notable week for the recognition and advance of women in Latin American political leadership. 

Evolution of the U.S.-China Relations under Xi Jinping - Virtual Event

I'll be speaking this Friday, Sep 18th about the evolution of the U.S.-China Relationship https://eventbrite.com/e/evolution-of-the-us-china-relationship-under-xi-jinping-tickets-118029608737…
Event is open to the public and hosted by the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Asian Studies Program and Eleanor Hughes will be moderating.

Here is the info on the event.

A Post-Abe Japan in the Reiwa Era

Eleanor Shiori Hughes, an MA Candidate in Asian Studies at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS),  reported on a recent CSIS webinar entitled "Japan After Abe: Legacy and Next Moves", where the panelists discussed PM Abe's announcement to resign from his premiership and what Japan's domestic and foreign policy imperatives will look like once his successor has been determined. 

Rising Dragons: Chinese Big Tech and Their Global Ambitions -Webinar with NYCFA

I moderated a panel on China's tech sector for the CFA Society of New York on September 9th. 

The geopolitical rise of China has been accompanied by the meteoric rise of a handful of mega-cap Chinese technology companies. Will these category-killers stop in the Pac Rim, or will their dominance expand abroad to challenge the large U.S. firms?

please click the following link to watch.

Food inflation threatens lives and economic recovery - Financial Times

Shortages are a window on to the challenges facing the post-pandemic world economy. This article originally appeared in the Financial Times.

It’s a sign of the times. In China, teachers are gobbling up the leftovers from their students’ lunch plates, on the spot. Their diligent economising follows an exhortation by President Xi Jinping that the nation needs to reduce food waste, in part to increase Chinese food self-sufficiency.

No Quiet Monument: EconVue Spotlight

Last weekend I drove through the Skokie Lagoons, just north of Chicago. They are both beautiful and manmade, created literally from the sweat of the Great Depression. Four million cubic tons of soil were removed to form a series of lagoons from the existing marshlands. It was one of the largest public works projects of FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps, employing thousands of men, including three African-American construction companies. Started in 1933, the project took until the beginning of the US entry into World War II in 1941 to complete.

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