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Two of The Economist's China correspondents, Alice Su and David Rennie, analyse the stories at the heart of this vast country and examine its influence beyond its borders. They’ll be joined by our global network of correspondents and expert guests to examine how everything from party politics to business, technology and culture are reshaping China and the world. Published every Tuesday.
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Two of The Economist's China correspondents, Alice Su and David Rennie, analyse the stories at the heart of this vast country and examine its influence beyond its borders. They’ll be joined by our global network of correspondents and expert guests to examine how everything from party politics to business, technology and culture are reshaping China and the world. Published every Tuesday.
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    Drum Tower: Xi’s doomed economic plan

    Drum Tower: Xi’s doomed economic plan

    The Economist’s editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes was recently in Beijing for the China Development Forum, an annual gathering where senior Chinese officials meet foreign business bosses.
    She joins our Beijing bureau chief David Rennie to assess Xi Jinping’s new plan to escape economic stagnation. Plus, what is the outlook for China’s relationship with America?
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    Drum Tower: Civilising the masses

    Drum Tower: Civilising the masses

    The Communist Party wants to build a “civilised” China. Its latest attempt is a nationwide campaign that aims to insert the party, and its ideology, in every aspect of people’s lives.

    Alice Su, The Economist’s senior China correspondent and David Rennie, our Beijing bureau chief, examine this campaign and take you to a mass wedding organised by a New Era Civilisation Practice Centre. Together they ask: how does Xi Jinping’s latest civilisation campaign work? And what does it mean to the people who take part?

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    Drum Tower: Tick tock for TikTok

    Drum Tower: Tick tock for TikTok

    On March 13th America’s House of Representatives passed a bill that could ban TikTok nationwide unless its Chinese owner, Bytedance, agrees to sell its stake. 
    Alice Su, The Economist’s senior China correspondent, and David Rennie, our Beijing bureau chief, look at China’s side of the story. Joined by Don Weinland, our China business and finance editor, they ask: does Chinese ownership of TikTok really pose a threat to America?
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    • 38 min
    Drum Tower picks: Is China a climate saint or villain?

    Drum Tower picks: Is China a climate saint or villain?

    An article from The Economist read aloud. This week our China section looks at how China is supercharging the green transition—while burning mountains of coal.

    Drum Tower: People’s Democra-Xi

    Drum Tower: People’s Democra-Xi

    Xi Jinping likes to tell people in China that their country is not just a democracy, but a much higher-functioning democracy than those you’d find in the West. He coined a slogan, “whole-process people’s democracy” to refer to China’s style of democracy and he points to annual meetings like the National People’s Congress (NPC) as an example of how Chinese people participate.

    James Miles, The Economist’s China writer-at-large, and Alice Su, our senior China correspondent, delve into this year’s NPC to ask: what is whole-process people’s democracy and does the Chinese public believe in it?

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    Drum Tower: Finance with Chinese characteristics

    Drum Tower: Finance with Chinese characteristics

    China’s markets are in trouble and the Communist Party is blaming the bankers. It has told them to abandon “hedonistic” lifestyles, and regulators have moved to curb transactions that they consider “ill-intended”. Now, China’s bankers face new orders: to develop a “financial culture with Chinese characteristics”.

    David Rennie, The Economist’s Beijing bureau chief, and Alice Su, our senior China correspondent, examine these new directives and ask: what is Xi Jinping’s vision for finance with Chinese characteristics? And where does that idea come from?

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

Chris Crook ,

Best China Podcast Since the Early Sinica Days

Su-Lin Wong's outstanding "The Prince" podcast got me through quarrantine back in October 2022, and I'm delighted to listen to David Rennie and his superbly informed co-hosts on this great weeky podcast. I love hearing the snippets of gossip from around Beijing where I'm based, and the discussions of stories from around China. Geniunely the highlight of my week.

Hadrian3 ,

Outstanding

This really is a outstanding podcast. If you want to understand contemporary China - it’s politics, people, culture, history and relations with the rest of the world - then you have to give it a listen.

Cattle egret ,

One of my favourites

A fantastic podcast - unparalleled insights into various aspects of contemporary China - and helmed by outstanding journalists.

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