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    It’s Not the Value of the Chinese Currency: The Proof in Charts

    While the U.S. Treasury did not label China as a currency manipulator this week, it did criticize the Chinese authorities for recently intervening in the foreign exchange market. However, the yuan–dollar exchange value has no effect on the U.S.–Chinese bilateral trade balance. This is because a lot has changed in … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts Analyze Second Presidential Debate

    During last night’s debate between President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney, Heritage’s policy experts were live-blogging their analysis of the ideas discussed. Below are some of the highlights of our experts’ reactions to the major points made. Join us today at 11 a.m. ET for a Google hangout as … More

    Bashing China Won’t Fix Our Economy

    Both ends of the political spectrum seem to be competing to be tougher on China economic issues. They’re both wrong. Chinese policy does warp the global economy in a number of ways, but 99 percent of our current problems is of our own making. Bashing China feels good but accomplishes … More

    How Congress Should Deal with China

    The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on America’s economic relations with China. This is easier said than done—there’s a lot of ground to cover. One topic gets the most attention, of course: China’s currency policy. We should all hope that the committee can move beyond … More

    Congress Plays Around on China

    The Senate is today considering a bill to punish China for its currency policy. The bill requires the U.S. to place duties on Chinese goods if the exchange rate of the yuan against the dollar isn’t brought to a level Congress finds suitable. It is vague on that level, on … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 12, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe.  It’s Now Obama’s Economy – Henry Miller Leave ‘No Child’ behind – The Detroit News Faster yuan rise on cards – Zhong Nan “We’re inches away from no longer having a … More

    Chinese Economic Data: More Tall Tales

    The Conference Board, a global research association, made a splash with their 2011 global outlook. The group’s most interesting claims are that emerging markets will drive “global growth” and that China could pass the U.S. on one measure of economic size as early as 2012. The Conference Board is making … More

    Taxing Americans to Punish China

    President Obama reportedly spent much of his meeting this week with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao urging action to revalue the Chinese Yuan relative to the dollar. Simultaneously, Democrats in Congress are pushing a bill that would tack countervailing duties on Chinese imports in response to an alleged distortion of the … More

    How to Cause Another Depression? Anyone? Anyone?

    An ugly financial bubble bursts. A misguided U.S. Congress responds by blaming foreigners and passes a trade bill that prompts widespread retaliation and exacerbates the initial popping of the bubble. That was 1930 and the Great Depression. Fast forward 80 years. An ugly financial bubble has burst and the U.S. … More

    Hurting the U.S. in Order to Hurt China

    A lot of people are unhappy with China. They’re unhappy for several reasons, but trade and investment might top the list. Some are demanding that the U.S. government take steps to punish the PRC. A few of these steps make only a bit of sense—others make no sense at all. … More