I believe the most important thing Americans must do is to secure their economic well-being in an increasingly challenging, complex world. What I have written about all these years is the process of creating wealth, not for any one individual, but for the United States as a whole. Ever since I was a young correspondent witnessing the emergence of China after the country opened in 1979, I’ve believed we have to get more serious about creating wealth. I retain faith in the resiliency of the U.S. economy and the enterprise of American people. If Americans have the right strategies, we can once again create widespread wealth. Come with me on this journey.

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I haven’t read or heard one bit of commentary on the spectacular plunge in the value of the Japanese yen. It has been stable in the region of 100 yen to the dollar for years but in the space of a few short weeks, it has fallen to 120 yen, a movement of 20 percent. […]
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A Smart Take on Japan From the WS Journal
Every time there is a negative headline about Japan, the American media–particularly The New York Times–writes the entire Japanese economy off. This has been happening for decades and we’ve consistently been wrong, leading to a dramatically reduced understanding of how competitive Japanese companies really are. In the most recent case, Japan has tilted into a […]
Western media coverage of China’s economy: Part 1
A fascinating discussion about Western media coverage of China’s economy (video)
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