James Pethokoukis

Will China shift economic gears?

August 9, 2011

Hey, China’s got economic problems, too. Excellent piece on the challenges facing the Middle Kingdom:

China’s black box economy

July 5, 2011

The more you know about Rising China, the more you want to know. Minxin Pei gives some valuable perspective on the nation’s suddenly emerging debt problem:

There’s supporting free trade, and then there’s being a sucker

June 22, 2011

When the country engaging in mercantilist-protectionist policies is also your banker, I guess you tend to look the other way. My fellow CNBC contributor Peter Navarro makes the devastating case:

Touring China!

May 22, 2011

My blogging has been particularly light of late. I am visiting several cities in China, including Beijing, Urumqui, Kashgar and Shanghai. I will be back full-force after Memorial Day, though I hope to post from time to time. A few quick thoughts on what has been happening back in the US:

If China’s provinces were countries

February 26, 2011

Great, creative graphic from The Economist:


Does America need a “tiger mother” economy?

January 20, 2011

Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington has triggered debate about whether the United States should copy his country’s hands-on, interventionist economic model. But the Middle Kingdom’s feisty “tiger mothers” may provide a better guide for Washington policymakers than turning to Big Government, Chinese style. A new book extolling their tough-love approach could help America escape its debt trap and boost growth.

What to do about China?

December 20, 2010

More and more, I think, China will be the defining issue of the 2012 presidential campaign. This Weekly Standard piece by Irwin Stelzer is a must-read on the topic:

Is China ginning up its GDP data?

December 6, 2010

Is China one giant Enron? Well, maybe not. Clearly, there is real growth going on there. But this does seem fishy:

Geithner’s view may be askew

October 26, 2010

Ed Yardeni thinks Tim Geithner is off point:

Tim Geithner thinks he can solve the world’s economic problems by getting countries with large trade surpluses to reduce their surpluses and by getting countries with large deficits to reduce their deficits. The problem is that fixing the world economy isn’t as simple as suggested by Mr. Geithner. Multilateral approaches rarely work because it is so hard to get universal agreement on what to do.

Why we don’t need a currency war, more Fed easing or additional stimulus

October 13, 2010

Great, great stuff from economic analyst Ed Yardeni, busting some myths and taking names: