CX (and FX) – China

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.

The question of what happens between China and the U.S. during a Trump administration is guaranteed to be a topic you’ll encounter in FX, and is likely to be the source of various advantages and disadvantages in CX. The following NPR report is worth listening to:

Trump’s Hotels In China Could Be A Conflict For The President-Elect

I hadn’t heard the figures before – plans for 20 to 30 new Trump properties spread around China. Does he come down hard on China and lose those developments, or does he curry favor with them to get his projects approved?

The last time we did a China topic in CX (mid-1990s) we learned that the government owns a *lot* of businesses. The PLA (People’s Liberation Army – the Chinese military) at the time had a good percentage of the members of the military involved in running their business interests. That raises the question of Trump’s business dealings not just with private businesses, as he would be in other countries, but with entities that are business extensions of the Chinese government. The NPR story touches on these concerns.

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