Ambassador Alan Holmer on China, the SED, and US-China Relations

Thursday, December 6, 2007 7:31

Just uploaded a few hours ago, Global Atlanta has just posted an excellent two part Youtube conversation between their reporter Trevor Williams and Alan Holmer on the current state of U.S. China relations, the role of SED (Strategic Economic Dialogue), and some of the issues they are addressing.

What surprised me a bit was the fact that Ambassador Holmer’s comments are very moderate and do not resemble some of the things that are quoted in the press by others on SED… additionally, it makes me wonder why if he as one of the top persons in the SED is so moderate, why the media angle is so harsh.

For example, one of the points I like the most was when he was describing the fact that the trade balance is (1) complicated, (2) something most people don’t understand, (3) the U.S. benefits from, and (4) includes a lot of “American Goods” in it.

One section that I would have liked to heard more on was his thoughts on consumerism. Personally, I think China’s converting savings into consumerism is a scary thing, and he seemed a little unwilling to just say that Americans have no savings… and are facing some really scary economic times.

At 20 minutes, you may want to refill your coffee, but I suggest watching in one sitting. the topics are very important, and anyone doing business in China (or affected by those doing business in China) should see just what is going through the minds of the people on the SED.

Part 1:

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4 Responses to “Ambassador Alan Holmer on China, the SED, and US-China Relations”

  1. Rich says:

    December 8th, 2007 at 8:48 am

    As a quick follow up, I encourage you to review the speech that Secretary Paulson gave at a recent Asia Society meeting. Like the clips above, it gives great insight into the tone of the SED itself, as well as the tone of recent meetings.

    you can see the full meeting notes here

  2. China Hearsay: China law, business, and economics commentary says:

    December 13th, 2007 at 5:17 am

    […] the US Trade Representative office earlier today. It reminded me that I wanted to comment on a post by Rich (All Roads Lead to China) last week on statements made by Ambassador Alan […]

  3. Ashley Holmer says:

    April 10th, 2008 at 6:50 am

    Come on! He’s not that boring!

  4. Rich says:

    April 10th, 2008 at 7:41 am


    Not saying he was boring, but with 20 minutes of video it is best to refill before the show!