China builds influence
via cash in Brazil


Call it "dollar diplomacy," Chinese-style. The asian tiger's investments in Brazil and elsewhere reflect a "going out" strategy, which seeks to guarantee natural resources for development purposes. (Photo by Getty Images)
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Foreign firms sound off on business policies

The heads of some leading multinationals have publicly questioned whether new Chinese policies are making China a more difficult place for foreign firms to do business.

Beijing tries to find name-brand innovation

It's the world's largest exporter and its economy is booming, but as China gains international heft, its lack of global brands threatens its dream of becoming a superpower.

About this series

China's rise is bringing change across the globe as the world makes way for what could be a new superpower. This series explores China's interactions with and effect on the world.

John Pomfret, a diplomatic correspondent for The Post, has devoted much of his career to China. He was an exchange student at Nanjing University, covered the student-led protests around Tiananmen Square, spent six years in Beijing as Washington Post bureau chief, and is the author of "China Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of a New China." He has been editor of Outlook, the Post's weekly commentary section, and blogged about Chinese politics and society. He speaks, reads, and writes Mandarin Chinese.

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