Friday, December 31, 2010
The G2 Game/G2-XI
When the Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao visited European countries including Greece, Italy, Turkey, Spain, and Germany (a surprise visit) in October, he came bearing gifts: billions of dollars worth of business deals and a wave of favorable attention from a crucial foreign investor. This month, the Chinese president Hu Jintao visited Portugal and France. President Hu ordered airplanes worth billions of dollars from France creating thousands of new jobs. The Chinese message is clear: do not follow the US which is pressuring China regarding the Renminbi's appreciation. Many other European countries, such as Ireland and Hungary, are ready to open their hands to ask China to investment their countries. Ultimately, “Beijing hopes to achieve not just more business for its own companies, but also greater influence over the economic policies set in the power corridors of Brussels and Germany (1 November 2010 New York Times).”
After growing up and studying in China and Japan, Dr. Suganuma went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning master’s degrees at both St. John's University (in Chinese studies) and Syracuse University (in international relations) as well as a Ph.D. (in geography) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.