China Inc: Lobbying via guanxi over invasion a la tour group – how China is starting to coerce its geopolitical economic strategy a little differently? Reuters takes a close look at Chinese attempts to buy American.
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Insight: China ups lobbying game, but faces key tests in U.S., Canada
By Paul Eckert and Rachelle Younglai and David Ljunggren
Source – Reuters, published Wed Aug 22, 2012
(Reuters) – Back in the day, before the U.S. Congress tore apart China’s proposed multi-billion dollar deals with Western companies one after the other, Beijing’s lobbying left little to the imagination.
China’s Washington embassy blasted out form letters to every U.S. lawmaker when it was upset with Congress, warning of grave damage to Sino-American relations, congressional aides recall.
One aide to a senator, who was being courted by arch rival Taiwan, was told by visiting Chinese officials “that all trade between your state and China will come to a screeching halt!” Read the rest of this entry »