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By manipulating antitrust laws, Chinese investors have monopolized their stake in the American food and agricultural market

By: Jordan Deschenes

(Photo: Bloomberg)

Wen Jiabao Sees Billionaires When Communists Convene As Wealth Gap

(Note: This is the unedited version of an article I wrote for The American Moderate, which can be found here)

On January 26, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission held a pre-litigation hearing about Chinese investment in the United States. During the “Industry Case Studies” portion of the hearing, the concerns of panel members’ testimonies centered mainly on China’s near-monopolistic grip on advanced American industries.

Notably, several of the panelists addressed growing Chinese authority over certain American food and agriculture practices such as farming and animal husbandry.

Patrick Woodall, the director of the Food and Water Watch, talked specifically about Chinese manipulation of the pork industry since the implementation of its most recent Five-Year Plan. He accused the Chinese government of setting up certain American farms as “export-platforms for agro-business” that will drive up pork prices on a global scale. Continue reading


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The World Economy: “Made in China”

My latest article for the Odyssey Online at UMass Amherst. #china #tpp #trade


July 27, 2015

by: Jordan Deschenes

Although the communist nation has been excluded from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the People’s Republic of China has had other plans to fortify its place in the international economy.
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For China, American education is a big deal

Like (most) American undergrads, Chinese students come to college for one reason – to learn.

By: Jordan Deschenes

I. “I have a younger sister and an older brother, Leo” – Seamus DiCaprio

Small-framed with black hair, he wears suede-tipped shoes and Wayfarer-style eyeglasses. He goes to the gym a total of four times a year, or “once per season”. Seamus DiCaprio occasionally rides his roommate’s old Bart Simpson-style “cruiser” skateboard back from class to their apartment in North Amherst, but it’s going to be winter soon.

In his home city of Shijiazhuang, China, Zhenxing (振兴) decided on a name to call himself when he went to the United States. He had a certain American actor in mind when he made his decision…

“Oh, have you met my brother?” DiCaprio often asks this rhetorical question to those he meets for the first time. He’s joking, referring to Leonardo DiCaprio – most are unapologetically intrigued by his name.

As an undergrad at UMass Amherst, Seamus DiCaprio represents a relatively small circle of Chinese students who have been exposed to Western culture in the city.

In the 2013 school year, 886,552 international students studied in the United States, or four percent of higher education students, according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report. Massachusetts ranks fourth in the country in total number of international student enrollment, with around 51,000 statewide in the 2013/14 school year, a 10.2 percent increase over the previous year. Of this total, 30 percent are Chinese internationals.

Out of institutions with the highest number of international students in the Massachusetts, UMass Amherst comes in fifth with 2,343, behind Northeastern, BU, Harvard, and MIT. Data provided by the UMass Amherst Office of Institutional Research affirms that 609 of these students are undergrads – 240 of which are Chinese.

This number of undergraduate Chinese international students has roughly quadrupled between the 2012 and 2014 fall semesters. This sharp increase is part of a rather large retrospective trend – in 2006, there were only 9 undergraduate Chinese international students at UMass Amherst. In the fall 2014 semester, 240 were enrolled.

Gu Family

Zhenxing (Seamus) Gu (pictured center) with his mother, sister, and father

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