We have already been accused of being too “bullish” [link no longer exists] on China and I admit I am generally optimistic about China and its potential.  But, of course, I do recognize China has its major risks, some of which are nicely laid out in a Foreign Policy article, entitled, “The Dark Side of China’s Rise.” It was written by Minxin Pei of the China Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and it is generating quite a bit of buzz in the blogosphere, as you can see in posts here, here [link no longer exists], here and here.  You can find additional work by Dr. Pei here.

We certainly appreciate the issues Dr. Pei raises, but based on what I see first hand and hear from our clients and you, our readers, we choose to remain optimistic.  For those interested in these sorts of big idea think pieces on China, we recommend you check out James Na, Daniel Drezner and Thomas Barnett, whose views range all over the China optimist-pessimist map.

Comments are open, we would love to hear your thoughts.  Are you bullish on China?

UPDATE:  Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution has a good discussion going on this article in a post entitled, “China Skepticism.

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Dan is a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

He primarily represents companies doing business in emerging market countries, having spent years building and maintaining a global, professional network. 

Dan is a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

He primarily represents companies doing business in emerging market countries, having spent years building and maintaining a global, professional network.  His work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

He was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), is rated 10.0 by AVVO.com (also its highest rating), and is a recognized SuperLawyer.

Dan is a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and constantly travels between the United States and Asia. He most commonly speaks on China law issues and is the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog. Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed Dan regarding various aspects of his international law practice.

Dan is licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at his firm, Dan focuses on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.