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The Hinrich Foundation is a unique Asia-based philanthropic organization that works to advance mutually beneficial and sustainable global trade through research and educational programs.
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We are offering 20 scholarships to professionals working across global value chains for our March 2021 intake. Find out how to become a global trade leader. Trade employers looking to bridge the talent gap with universities, learn how with our transforming trade education case study.For educational institutions looking to enhance graduate employability, read a case exemplar of industry engagement in higher education.
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Media play a critical role in providing deeper perspectives on trade issues. Our 4-days training courses for media, organized by the National Press Foundation, provide deep knowledge on all aspects of international trade. The next course will be in . . .
We established the Hinrich Foundation Alumni Association (HFAA) to stimulate regular exchanges between young trade leaders committed to advancing sustainable global trade. Led by the Alumni Leadership Committee, the HFAA is a community of people who . . .
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Media come to us for fresh thinking and deep analysis into the issues impacting global trade outcomes. Read our recent experts’ commentaries. Drawn from a wide range of disciplines and sectors, our experts offer valuable views and opinions on achieving sustainable global trade.
Months after Ant Group's initial public offering was shelved at the last minute, it has been reported that the company has agreed with authorities to become a financial holding company. "The idea is to have [financial] firms more firmly under Beijing's control so that they can better serve the state when it comes to building the next generation of IoT...or rolling out the digital [yuan]," Research Fellow Alex Capri tells CNN. "All of these actions promote and project Beijing's power."
Our webinar featuring prominent China experts Professor David Shambaugh of George Washington University and Professor Wang Gungwu of National University of Singapore has been quoted extensively in this South China Morning Post article on China's growing influence in Southeast Asia as a result of US foreign policy indifference. “Southeast Asians would really like the US to be much more present. But the US has a lot of baggage in the region. So there is a kind of ambivalence about the US, [which] arises from a feeling of neglect," Professor Shambaugh says.
In this article originally published by AFP on Kuaishou's rising popularity among 'ordinary people' in China, Research Fellow Alex Capri noted that as the app enters the international market, it's also wading into a global environment fraught with geopolitical tensions. "The more Kuaishou adheres to regulatory requirements at home, the more they will be viewed as de facto state enterprises, particularly regarding issues of data privacy and security," Capri says.
In a 2020 survey for the Hinrich Foundation, 75 percent of Americans backed Buy American policies, including 48 percent who “strongly” favor them. This opinion piece from The Washington Post's editorial board argues that "Buy American" laws – while useful for politicians to garner support from voters – are economically counterproductive.
In response to Huawei's continued dominance in the 5G landscape, former US president Donald Trump introduced export limits on the US's world-leading semiconductor sector in May and August 2019. "There is no doubt that the trade restrictions accelerated China’s attempts to de-Americanize supply chains," says Research Fellow Alex Capri in this interview with the New Statesman on the US-China race to technological supremacy.
US President Joe Biden is inheriting a tense and messy relationship with China from his predecessor. Tensions are not likely to subside, given bipartisan support for the view that China poses a major threat to US national security. "Even if there is a return to measured language and diplomacy, we could see more strategic decoupling from Chinese digital companies" under Biden, says Research Fellow Alex Capri.
Beijing's crackdown on its national champions has accelerated in recent weeks, but the government has been laying the groundwork for some time. "Alibaba, like all other big Chinese tech, is in [an] existential crisis," said Research Fellow Alex Capri. "Access to and control of data and digital platforms is key. Thus, if this means breaking up Alibaba or making it a quasi-state owned company, this could happen."
"The sad death of employees at Pinduoduo provides Beijing with timely and very visceral publicity which it can leverage to further its policy objectives," said Research Fellow Alex Capri. "The message: the Pinduoduo tragedy is another lesson about what happens when private companies put their own business priorities ahead of the [ruling Chinese Communist Party]."
Alibaba's Jack Ma has become a case study for skeptics who have been questioning the relationship between private Chinese tech firms and the Communist Party. Our latest report on techno-nationalism, titled "Techno-nationalism and corporate governance", authored by Research Fellow Alex Capri has been quoted in this Bloomberg article as it explores the CCP's influence on the country's private sector.
RCEP is a welcome vision of multilateralism, but members "have disparate capacity to enforce 'deep' trade standards," said Research Fellow Alex Capri. "In general, the agreement allows individual countries to opt out and cherry pick key provisions. At best, it's a tiered agreement."
The Washington Post’s David Lynch, Carol D. Leonnig, Josh Dawsey and Jeff Stein have been awarded the 2020 Hinrich Foundation Award for Distinguished Reporting on Trade by the National Press Foundation. The award was given for three stories that demonstrated true partnership across the newsroom.
Research Fellow Stephen Olson's commentary on Katherine Tai's appointment as the new trade chief is quoted in this Straits Times article. "Tai will be entirely comfortable in aggressively confronting China when needed...Her ability to find common ground between moderates and progressives would take on greater importance as the Biden administration navigates tricky domestic politics."
The recent signing of the RCEP creates the world's largest trading bloc. But, while warmly welcomed to cut red-tape constricting trade, despite its size it is not seen as the game changer it could have been. Our Research Fellow Stephen Olson's article titled "Keep RCEP in perspective" has been quoted extensively in this article, as he stresses we need to "be realistic about expectations" and what RCEP could achieve.
The World Turned Upside Down: America, China, and the Struggle for Global Leadership
04 March 2021
Join us as we host renowned globalization and Asia expert Clyde Prestowitz for a discussion on the themes raised in his new book, The World Turned Upside Down: America, China, and the Struggle for Global Leadership. We also invite Dr. Elizabeth Economy and Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations to discuss the implications for US domestic and foreign policy under the Biden administration, with particular reference to China.
Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Southeast Asia
04 February 2021
The Hinrich Foundation invited Professor David Shambaugh for this timely discussion to review his new book and explore the key geopolitical forces shaping Southeast Asia with Professor Wang Gungwu. In Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Southeast Asia, Professor Shambaugh examines how the United States and China are engaged in a broad-gauged and global competition for power.
Worker-centered trade policy: What does it mean?
02 February 2021
The Hinrich Foundation and the National Press Foundation is renewing our 10-part series for journalists on covering international trade. This first webinar was on the topic of "worker-centered trade policy". What does it mean, and what should journalists pay attention to when covering the debate?
We supported the publication of “China, Trade and Power: Why the West’s Economic Engagement Has Failed” to promote reasoned and informed debate on the trade relationship between the West and China. This book, by Stewart Paterson, describes the unintended consequences of the policy of engagement that led to China's accession to the WTO in 2001, and aims to equip policymakers, business leaders and civil societies to contribute to the design of mutually beneficial approaches for sustainable global trade.
We commissioned Professor Michael J. Enright to lead a major research project identifying the impact of foreign direct investment on China’s economic development. The book provides a powerful analysis of China’s policies toward foreign investment and gives foreign companies tools to demonstrate their contributions to host countries, showing the tremendous power of foreign investment to help transform economies.