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April 2019

World Spins Series: Thinking About Doing Business in China?

On your way to China to do business?  “Do your homework,” advises Tyler Johnson, an international business consultant and author of The Way of The Laowai: The Importance of International Self-Awareness for Businesses.   “Laowai” (pronounced  “laaw wye”) is Mandarin for “old foreigner,” a reminder that culture always trumps business. Johnson should know.  He spent 10 years in Shanghai running Dell’s sales and ultimately the company’s Asia Pacific professional services organization.  His tenure, from 2005-2015, coincided with China’s ramp up as…

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May 2019

Eighth Annual Texas-EU Business Summit

In its 8th year, the Texas-EU Business Summit is the premier event for Texas businesses, entrepreneurs and economic development professionals seeking to expand their footprint in Europe. Texas is already the largest exporting state to the European Union. The summit builds on that footprint, focusing on promoting the international trade capacity of Texas businesses and economic development organizations while creating greater awareness regarding the benefits of exporting. The Texas-EU Business Summit sessions are led by business leaders, trade and investment…

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World Spins Series: An Assessment of U.S.-China Relations Midway in the Trump Administration

Two years into the Trump Administration, what is the current state of the U.S.-China relationship?  The U.S.-China “trade war” has dominated headlines in both the United States and globally throughout 2018 and into 2019. But in what ways is the U.S.-China relationship of today different from that of early 2017?  In addition, to trade and investment issues, the United States and China have engaged on topics ranging from North Korea, the South China Sea, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, sometimes…

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