256 episodes

A weekly discussion of current affairs in China with journalists, writers, academics, policy makers, business people and anyone with something compelling to say about the country that's reshaping the world.
A SupChina production, hosted by Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn.

Sinica Podcast SupChina

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    • 4.8, 58 Ratings

A weekly discussion of current affairs in China with journalists, writers, academics, policy makers, business people and anyone with something compelling to say about the country that's reshaping the world.
A SupChina production, hosted by Kaiser Kuo and Jeremy Goldkorn.

    Adam Tooze on the geopolitics of the pandemic

    Adam Tooze on the geopolitics of the pandemic

    This week, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Adam Tooze, professor of history at Columbia University and author of Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the U.S. and China, and how it has affected their position in the emerging geopolitical contest.

    6:45: American power and political authority

    14:01: China’s power during the pandemic

    20:27: Trump’s deliberate strategy of “stress testing” 

    33:24: The Trump administration’s full-court press against the CCP

    Recommendations:

    Jeremy: Wu Fei’s Music Daily: an email newsletter with an original piece of music every day of the week by a composer and guzheng virtuoso. (Disclosure: She is his wife.) 

    Adam: The Feast of the Goat: A Novel, written by Mario Vargas Llosa and translated by Edith Grossman.

    Kaiser: The Hunt for Vulcan: ...And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe, by Thomas Levenson.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Sir Danny Alexander on AIIB in a time of crisis

    Sir Danny Alexander on AIIB in a time of crisis

    This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with Sir Danny Alexander, vice president and corporate secretary of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and former Liberal Democrat MP and chief secretary to the Treasury of the United Kingdom. Sir Danny gives an overview of how Asia’s financial sector has been impacted by COVID-19.

    5:27: The United Kingdom’s decision to join AIIB

    11:49: AIIB and its accountability framework in decision making

    25:16: How U.S.-China relations have affected AIIB

    34:00: What AIIB is pushing investors toward now

    Recommendations:

    Danny: Tengger Cavalry, a heavy metal band from Inner Mongolia.  

    Kaiser: The heavy metal bands Ego Fall and Nine Treasures.

    • 46 min
    ‘Superpower Showdown’: A conversation with authors Bob Davis and Lingling Wei

    ‘Superpower Showdown’: A conversation with authors Bob Davis and Lingling Wei

    This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy talk to Wall Street Journal reporters Bob Davis and Lingling Wei about their great new book, Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War.

    5:11: The increasingly insulated Chinese political elite

    18:08: Chinese import competition and its effect on U.S. manufacturing employment

    28:27: Líu Hè 刘鹤 and internal politics within Chinese trade negotiations

    41:28: Chinese negotiators’ perceptions of their American counterparts

    1:03:29: Huawei’s role in the trade war

    Recommendations: 

    Jeremy: This Chinese-to-pinyin generation tool by 蛙蛙工具 (“Frog Tools”). Conversely, Jeremy does NOT recommend Quibi. 

    Lingling: The book Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, by Joan Chang. 

    Bob: The new TV series Perry Mason, available on HBO, as well as the Australian TV series Rake.

    Kaiser: The dark comedy TV series Search Party, available on HBO Max. 

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Huawei and the 5G ecosystem

    Huawei and the 5G ecosystem

    This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with Andy Purdy, chief security officer of Huawei USA, and Paul Triolo, practice head of geotechnology at the Eurasia Group. They explore the complexities of the 5G ecosystem, challenges to cybersecurity on 5G networks, the process of standards setting in advanced telecommunications, and how the Trump administration's animus toward Huawei might ultimately handicap the U.S. in this vital emerging technology.

    5:18: What 5G will enable us to do

    18:06: 5G standard setting bodies and their functions

    29:55: China’s involvement in the standard setting process

    37:05: 5G deployment around the world

    50:59: The collateral damage done by banning Huawei

    Recommendations:

    Andy: A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, and The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth, by M. Scott Peck.

    Paul: Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War by Bob Davis and Lingling Wei, and The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. 

    Kaiser: The YouTube channel of Joe Parrish, a content creator and guitarist.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Standoff in Ladakh: Ananth Krishnan on the China-India border conflict

    Standoff in Ladakh: Ananth Krishnan on the China-India border conflict

    Late on the night of June 15, a deadly melee erupted on the banks of the Galwan River, in a disputed region called Ladakh, high in the mountains between China and India. To help guide a discussion on this landmark event in China-India relations, Kaiser welcomes back Ananth Krishnan, a longtime correspondent for The Hindu, who is based in Beijing. Ananth discusses the context of the clash, which pits two massive, nuclear-armed states with increasingly nationalistic populations and growing regional ambitions against each other, and assesses the prospects for a settlement of the long-standing border dispute.

    5:56: Context behind the India-China border clash

    17:49: Indian sentiments toward China before the Galwan Valley skirmish

    33:30: India’s future in the global geopolitical system

    43:19: What could be ahead for the India-China relationship

    Recommendations: 

    Ananth: Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy, by Shivshankar Menon, and a docuseries that explores the creation of the hit TV series The Mandalorian, titled Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

    Kaiser: The Takshashila PLA Insight newsletter, by Suyash Desai, and The Expanse, a sci-fi series available on Amazon Prime Video. 

    • 52 min
    The controversy over Fang Fang’s ‘Wuhan Diary’: A conversation with the translator, Michael Berry

    The controversy over Fang Fang’s ‘Wuhan Diary’: A conversation with the translator, Michael Berry

    This week on Sinica, Kaiser speaks with Michael Berry, the translator of the Wuhan-based writer Fang Fang’s controversial Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City. Michael discusses Fang Fang’s body of work and how her daily online posts on WeChat (which were compiled to become her book) drew the ire of critics who have denounced the diary as an act of national betrayal and have even leveled threats against both the author and the translator. Michael Berry is a professor of contemporary Chinese cultural studies and the director of the Center for Chinese Studies at UCLA. 

    5:21: Reflections on Fang Fang’s Soft Burial 

    10:42: Fang Fang’s diary, and its backlash 

    21:08: An excerpt from Wuhan Diary

    31:07: COVID-19: The common enemy of humankind 

    Recommendations:

    Michael: The album Free Spirit, by the band Chandresh Kudwa. For a taste, you can listen to the title track here. 

    Kaiser: The mockumentary TV show called What We Do in the Shadows.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

nisched ,

Quirky

Best word for a review. The hosts are lively and engaging as well as knowledgable and do their research. Thanks guys.

Chineseblister ,

Propaganda

Propaganda for the most murderous regime humanity has ever endured (The communists of China). Kaiser is hugely negative of the USA. Why do you live there if communist China is soo good...

刚毅67 ,

Outstanding

An outstanding podcast series and truly essential listening for anybody wanting to learn more about The Middle Kingdom. Kaiser and Jeremy make for superb hosts and their weekly guests, topics and insights make my daily Beijing commute to work just that little more bearable! Thank you.

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