Selected articles, interviews, and essays

Recent

CDC’s Guidelines for When It’s Safe to Still Wear Lounge Pants — Here are guidelines for when it’s safe to keep wearing your lounge pants, and when it’s best to suck it up and put on a pair of real pants. (McSweeney’s)

The Case for Equitable Vaccine Distribution—An interview with Richard Hatchett, the CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, on the state of vaccine access in developing countries and how the private sector can help speed up vaccine delivery. (IFC Insights)

Policy + Politics

State of Investment: How Local US Governments Attract Chinese FDI — Cities and states have pursued Chinese investment with tax breaks and other incentives, but officials say that non-monetary strategies can make or break a deal. (China Business Review)

As New Leader, Summit Offers Chance for Xi to Define His Image — Barack Obama and Xi Jinping’s informal meeting at Sunnylands was touted as a way for the leaders to get to know each other. But the stakes were much higher for China’s new president. (China Business Review)

China’s Green Building Future — Green building makes up a small proportion of China’s construction industry, but government targets may give sustainable building a boost over the next five years. (China Business Review)

Business

Exporting to China: Not for the Faint of Heart – Exporting to China can be an uphill battle for small businesses, but many are succeeding with patience and the right partners. (China Business Review)

Improving Energy Efficiency on the Factory Floor — This American entrepreneur has worked every job in a Chinese factory. Now she’s helping factories save energy and operate more efficiently. (China Business Review)

Destinations Target Chinese Tourists on Weibo — Brands and destinations are using social media to attract China’s big-spending overseas travelers. (China Business Review)

10 States Making The Most Money Exporting Stuff To China — While lawmakers in Washington and Beijing negotiate agreements over commercial and trade issues, state and local governments and businesses embrace trade with China. (Business Insider)

Personal

Alumni Giving Season – To give or not to give to your alma mater. (The Billfold)

Perhaps My Nightmare Experiences With My Student Loan Servicer Will Finally End — Why the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s move to regulate student loan service providers is long overdue. (The Billfold)