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Conversations exploring China's tech scene, economy and politics. Guests include a wide range of policy analysts, business professionals, journalists, and academics. Hosted by Jordan Schneider and published on Lawfare.
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Conversations exploring China's tech scene, economy and politics. Guests include a wide range of policy analysts, business professionals, journalists, and academics. Hosted by Jordan Schneider and published on Lawfare.
Please consider supporting me via Patreon and check out the newsletter on Substack

    Semis 101 with Asianometry and Fabricated Knowledge

    Semis 101 with Asianometry and Fabricated Knowledge

    How do you get into chips? Doug O'Laughlin of Fabricated Knowledge and Jon Y of Asianometry run us through how to they came to
    We also discuss

    Why starting with something's history can help you understand how it works.

    Who they talk to and what they read to understand their niches.

    Following your passion and making a whole video on Taiwanese 7-Elevens.

    Keeping the YouTube algorithm happy.


    SIA job posting: https://www.semiconductors.org/sia-jobs/
    Outro music: Still Alive by Johnathan Coulton, performed by Ellen McLain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ljFaKRTrI
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    • 36 min
    EMERGENCY POD: How will the CCP respond to the protests?

    EMERGENCY POD: How will the CCP respond to the protests?

    Ling Li, lecturer at the University of Vienna, comes on the pod to discuss:

    The origins and evolution of Covid Zero

    Different paths the CCP could take to cracking down

    What the protests tell us about modern China


    Intro sounds: https://twitter.com/renminwansui5/status/1597064778543157250
    Outtro sounds: https://twitter.com/whyyoutouzhele/status/1597225385728827392
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    • 41 min
    EMERGENCY POD: China's Protests: What Happens Next

    EMERGENCY POD: China's Protests: What Happens Next

    I talk about where I think these protests are heading and what they mean for Covid Zero and the international situation.
    First voice memo is from @wstv_lizzi and the second is from @lichtspektrum.
    The outtro singing is protesters in Shanghai singing the Internationale.
    Here's my essay on the topic in written form: https://www.chinatalk.media/p/chinas-protests-harbinger-or-passing
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    • 22 min
    Can the US and China work together on anything?

    Can the US and China work together on anything?

    Can the US and China play nicely enough with each other to not ruin the planet in the coming century? In particular, what prospects are there for cooperation around global challenges and biotech? For this episode, I'm joined by Scott Moore, Penn's director of China programs and strategic initiatives and perhaps the nicest person on China Twitter.
    We discuss

    Medical cooperation between China and the US during the Ebola outbreak.

    Whether shared global challenges can be combatted without China.

    Leapfrogging as a means of developing technologically versus innovation.

    The scariest things that could happen as a result of biotech research.


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    Outro music: 杨和苏KeyNG - “王位” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2FsnXOKTZ8

    Episode cover art made using Midjourney with the prompt "US China reluctant cooperation in the style of john singer sargent"
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    • 41 min
    Export controls for AI: Will they work?

    Export controls for AI: Will they work?

    Do export controls work? And will they work for AI? Meet Emily Weinstein and Tim Hwang. They're research fellows at Georgetown's Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) and have written a paper on the goals of export controls and whether what the US government is trying to achieve with them is clear.
    We discuss

    Did the US inadvertently help China make better missiles?

    How export controls have hurt some US industries' international competitiveness.

    What export controls can - and can't - do to prevent technology from being developed abroad.

    Important questions about the management of bowling alleys and churches.


    Here's the paper we discussed: https://cset.georgetown.edu/publication/decoupling-in-strategic-technologies/
    Annotated bibliography: https://cset.georgetown.edu/publication/from-cold-war-sanctions-to-weaponized-interdependence/
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    Outro music: Noodles and Butter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlP-J5rssa0
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    • 48 min
    US-China Chip War

    US-China Chip War

    What will the Biden administration's new export controls mean for the US and Chinese semiconductor industries as well as the future of the US-China relationship?
    To discuss, I assembled the Chips Avengers, consisting of Reva Goujon (Rhodium Group), Jay Goldberg (Digits to Dollars), Doug O'Laughlin (Fabricated Knowledge), and Martin Chorzempa (PIIE). We got into

    The second-order implications of the Biden Administration's moves for industry

    What it would take for China to circumvent these controls

    How Beijing might strike back

    How the regulations could impact the risk of war


    Outtro music by Chinese rapper and pop star 婁峻碩 called Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGl-s-FzsFI
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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

thepoliecon ,

Come for the China content stay for random Chinese rap music

This is one of my listens for China related analysis. Affable host and diverse range of China hands. While Chinese rap isn’t really my cup of tea adds a bit of character at end of episode. Keep up the good work Jordan.

GortonSM ,

Too slow, too long, too pro-CCP

Guys, the first 20 minutes consists of noise.
Get to the meat of the discussion early before listeners switch off.
Frank, openness is requied when talking about CCP-china in 2020. The 2 episodes I reviewed pussyfooted around Beijing “sensitivities” - lets call-out CCP for what it is post HK and pandemic.

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