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Curiouscast and Global News present the second season in the “Rising” series: China Rising is an in-depth investigation into modern China and its strained relations with the West. Hosted by Global News Senior Correspondent Jeff Semple, this ten episode season investigates allegations Beijing is applying pressure and working to infiltrate the upper echelons of power in Western countries, including Canada. The Chinese government is accused of deploying a range of tactics, from disinformation to hostage diplomacy. How should Canada and its allies respond to China Rising?

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Curiouscast and Global News present the second season in the “Rising” series: China Rising is an in-depth investigation into modern China and its strained relations with the West. Hosted by Global News Senior Correspondent Jeff Semple, this ten episode season investigates allegations Beijing is applying pressure and working to infiltrate the upper echelons of power in Western countries, including Canada. The Chinese government is accused of deploying a range of tactics, from disinformation to hostage diplomacy. How should Canada and its allies respond to China Rising?

    Freedom | 11

    Freedom | 11

    On this special bonus episode of China Rising, we’ll investigate how the biggest story in Canada-China relations finally came to a head. On Sept. 24th, a nearly three-year geopolitical stand-off over the arrest of Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver ended after the Huawei executive struck a deal with U.S. authorities. Just hours after she was released, the Canadian Prime Minister announced the ‘Two Michaels’ – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – were also freed and on their way home to Canada. That frantic climax sent shockwaves around the world. We’ll explore what it means for the future of Canada-China relations and witness the emotional homecoming for the ‘Two Michaels’ and their families.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @JeffSempleGN

    Email: jeff.semple@globalnews.ca

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 27 min
    Racism | 10

    Racism | 10

    On Episode 10 of China Rising, we’ll discuss the dramatic rise in anti-Asian racism in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fuelled by misinformation about the virus and political rhetoric on both sides of the border, Canada saw a spike in reported hate crimes. Last year, anti-Asian hate crimes in Vancouver soared by more than 700%. We’ll hear from Canadians who’ve been targeted, including prominent figures in Canada’s political, arts and journalism communities, to shine a spotlight on the Canada’s hidden hate.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @JeffSempleGN

    Email: jeff.semple@globalnews.ca

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 31 min
    Meng and the Two Michaels | 9

    Meng and the Two Michaels | 9

    On Episode 9 of China Rising, we’ll update the story that has cast a shadow over Canada-China relations for nearly three years. September 5th, 2021 marks 1,000 days since Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained in China. Their arrests are widely seen as retaliation for the arrest of Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the request of the United States. As Meng’s extradition hearing finally draws to a close and the ‘Two Michaels’ prepare to learn their fate, we’ll hear from the families and friends who are fighting desperately to bring them home.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @JeffSempleGN

    Email: jeff.semple@globalnews.ca

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 31 min
    Taiwan | 8

    Taiwan | 8

    On Episode 8 of China Rising, we'll explore the growing tensions between China and Taiwan, which are fueling fears of a possible Chinese military invasion and an armed conflict that risks spilling far beyond the island's borders. Taiwan is widely considered by security analysts to be a flashpoint for a confrontation between China and the United States. Beijing considers Taiwan to be a breakaway province, which it has long wanted to bring under its rule. But public opinion polls show the vast majority of people in Taiwan consider themselves to be Taiwanese – not Chinese; They’re proud of their liberal democracy and do not want to become part of China. We’ll hear from Canadians living in Taiwan who are witnessing Beijing’s growing military aggression towards the island first-hand. And we’ll examine claims from some U.S. military leaders who predict China will launch a military invasion within the next six years. If that happens, how will Canada, the United States and their allies respond?

    Contact:

    Twitter: @JeffSempleGN

    Email: jeff.semple@globalnews.ca

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 32 min
    Hong Kong | 7

    Hong Kong | 7

    On Episode 7 of China Rising, we'll take a trip to Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protesters are fighting back against a government crackdown. Since Beijing introduced a new national security law for Hong Kong in July 2020, more than 100 pro-democracy activists, lawmakers and journalists have been arrested. Hong Kong is home to 300,000 Canadians -- the largest Canuck community in any city outside of Canada. We'll meet the Canadian expats on the frontlines of the fight for Hong Kong.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @JeffSempleGN

    Email: jeff.semple@globalnews.ca

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 37 min
    Under Pressure | 6

    Under Pressure | 6

    On Episode 6 of China Rising, we'll hear from Canadians who say they and their families have faced threats, harassment, intimidation and surveillance in Canada for speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party. And we’ll investigate claims that the Chinese government is responsible for the alleged abuse, launching a state-sponsored campaign to crack down on dissent both at home and abroad.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @JeffSempleGN

    Email: jeff.semple@globalnews.ca

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
738 Ratings

738 Ratings

Andrew Eisenberg ,

Listen to both seasons

Both Russia Rising and China Rising are well worth listening to. The stories are interesting and this gives you a deeper understanding of how these two major powers work.

Matt'sgetterdon ,

Very scary

I hadn’t followed the major shift in Chinese policy. As for racism it is a sign of low intelligence the is exhibited by all nationality around the world and the more we talk about individual groups the long we will continue keeping people segregated. We are all one and treating people poorly based on any differences needs to stop

Onetouchonelie ,

First season was better

I love all the journalistic work that has been done, but all the stories in this season sound the same to me.
Also, I find that the effect of long-distance calls sounds muted in the whole picture.

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