A podcast exploring the growing economic, political and social relationships between China and the Americas. Hosted by Rasheed Griffith.
The Canada-China Political Deep Freeze
Following the 2018 arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou 孟晚舟 on extradition charges to the USA, the political relationship of Canada and China has entered a "Deep Freeze" (as stated by David Mulroney, former Canadian Ambassador to China). In retaliation Chinese authorities arrested two Canadians in China; one of them recently sentenced to 11 years in jail. Earlier this year Canadian parliament declared that the treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjing, China amounts to "genocide". What is the current landscape of Sino-Canadian relations and where can the two countries go from here?
This episode features Prof. Gordon Houlden: Director Emeritus China Institute, a Professor of Political Science, and an Adjunct Professor of the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. Professor Houlden joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1976, serving in Ottawa and abroad. Twenty-two of his years in the Canadian Foreign Service were spent working on Chinese economic, trade and political affairs for the Government of Canada, including five postings in China. His last assignment before joining the University of Alberta in 2008 was as Director General of the East Asian Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
China in the Canadian Arctic Meng WanZhou Extradition case Canadian sentenced to 11 years in jail in ChinaChinese Ambassador to Canada interview
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Outro Music: Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers
Small State Diplomacy and China
How should the embassies of small states be structured to optimize their economic return in relation to China? This episode features Dr. Chelston Brathwaite, Barbados's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China (2014-2017). Prior to that, Dr. Brathwaite served as the Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).
Dr. Brathwaite's recently published memoirs- Memories of China: My Eleventh Defining MomentMessage/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China in the Americas topics)
Outro Music: Hit It by The Mighty Gabby
A New Era in China's Development Finance to Emerging Economies
Earlier this year China published a white paper on its new approach to International Development Finance. Our guest, Stella Zhang, described this white paper as a "landmark document" in Chinese foreign policy. We discuss the implications of the document along with the nuances of how Chinese firms currently approach international contracting projects and financing. How will these firms operate differently going forward? How will Latin America and Caribbean countries capitalize on China's more explicit signaling of its willingness to assist with economic growth and development?
Hong (Stella) Zhang is a PhD candidate at George Mason University. Her research interests include China’s role in international development, the internationalization of China’s development state, and the overseas expansion of China’s state-owned enterprises. She had worked for five years as an overseas correspondent with China’s Caixin Media in London and Washington D.C.
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China’s Manifesto for Leadership in Global Development by Stella Hong ZhangThe Aid-Contracting Nexus: The role of the international contracting industry in China's overseas development engagements by Stella Hong Zhang Roundtable: Will the G7’s B3W Initiative change the game of global infrastructure development?程诚：《“一带一路”中非发展合作新模式：“造血金融”如何改变非洲》Message/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China in the Americas topics)
Outro Music: La Dueña del Swing by Los Hermanos Rosario
Scott MacDonald on Bank De-Risking in the Caribbean and the New Cold War Debate
Scott B. MacDonald is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is also the chief economist at Smith’s Research & Gradings. Prior to that, he was the head of research at MC Asset Management LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation; chief economist for KWR International and an international economic adviser in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, D.C.
The Return of the Cold War in the Caribbean by Scott Is There a ‘New Normal’ for De-risking in the Caribbean? by Scott Message/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China-Caribbean topics)
Outro Music: Toast by Koffee
Will China Be Cuba's Next Patron?
To truly understand Sino-Cuban relations you need to understand the context of Cuba's relations with Venezuela, the US, and the former USSR. Why did USSR become the Patron of Cuba for most of the Cold War? Why did Venezuela step in to support Cuba after the USSR collapse? Just as the last cold war will Cuba be the nexus of the "New Cold War"? We discussed all of these questions.
Dr. Bradley J. Murg is Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Director of Research, and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of International Relations and Political Science here at Paragon International University. Dr. Murg also has been recognized as Distinguished Fellow and Senior Advisor at the Cambodia Institute for Cooperation and Peace and Senior Research Advisor at Future Forum. Dr. Murg’s research languages include English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and German.
A Conversation between Che Guevara, Mao Zedong, and Zhou Enlai (1960)Venezuela and Cuba: The Ties that BindThere Will Not Be a New Cold War by Thomas ChristensenSino-Cuban Relations: No "New Cold War" in Havana by Bradley Murg & Rasheed GriffithOn the Havana Syndrome Willy Wo-Lap Lam Commentary Mao and the Sino-Soviet Split Message/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China-Caribbean topics)
Intro/Outro Music: Chan Chan by Buena Vista Social Club
A Deep Dive on Banking with Chinese Lenders
Kanyi Lui is a Taiwanese-Australian international finance lawyer based in Beijing. He is a Partner at Pinsent Masons with almost two decades of experience advising major financial institutions and borrowers on the development and financing of energy, natural resource, and infrastructure projects in emerging markets.
He has particular expertise on projects falling within the ambit of China’s Belt-and-Road Initiative (BRI). Kanyi is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, Prime Disputes and Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, and has rights of audience before the AIFC Court.
Chinese financing: banking with Chinese lenders by Kanyi LuiHow China Lends by AidDataThe Chinese 'Debt Trap' Is a Myth by Deborah Brautigam and Meg RithmireSubscribe to China in the Caribbean Newsletter on Substack
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Africa Thing by Vin Gordon
没钥匙的锁 by 刘聡 Key.L