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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.

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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.

    Dan Wang on China in 2021: "Common prosperity," cultural stunting, and shortcomings of the "modal China story

    Dan Wang on China in 2021: "Common prosperity," cultural stunting, and shortcomings of the "modal China story

    This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser welcomes back Dan Wang, technology analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics, to talk about this year's annual letter. Dan's letters have become something of an institution: wide-ranging, insightful, and always contentious, his missives are read by a great many observers of contemporary China and spark some lively conversations. This year's letter contrasts the major megacities that Dan has lived in (Beijing, Shanghai, and the "Greater Bay Area" of the Pearl River Delta), examines Xi Jinping's efforts to shift the energies of China's technologists and entrepreneurs away from the consumer internet and toward deep tech, ponders the causes of China's "cultural stunting" and the challenges that China faces, and has not yet overcome, in creating cultural products that the rest of the world wants, and warns of the dangers of focusing only on China's weaknesses and problems and ignoring its prodigious capabilities. Tune in for a fascinating conversation with one of the Sinosphere's more original thinkers.

    4:15 – Dan appraises Beijing, Shanghai, and the PRD Greater Bay Area

    20:48 – How to think about the "common prosperity" agenda (a.k.a. the Red New Deal)

    39:21 – The tradeoff between efficiency and resilience: China as an inefficient but anti-fragile economy

    45:34 – Should the United States be learning from China? The case for reform of American institutions

    50:38 – A technocratic resurgence in China? The rise of a "Beihang Clique"

    58:17 – The causes of "cultural stunting" in China

    A transcript of this podcast is available on SupChina.com.

    Recommendations:

    Dan: Charles Dickens, Bleak House, and Jurgen Osterhammel, Unfabling the East: The Enlightenment's Encounter with Asia

    Kaiser: Ritchie Robertson, The Enlightenment: The Pursuit of Happiness, 1680 to 1790




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    Mental models for understanding complexity, with Anthea Roberts and Nicolas Lamp

    Mental models for understanding complexity, with Anthea Roberts and Nicolas Lamp

    What we think about China depends in large measure on how we think about China. As a nation of 1.4 billion people in the throes of world-historic change, it's more important than ever to examine our own mental models when it comes to our understanding of China. This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser kicks off an informal series on "thinking about thinking about China" with a conversation with Anthea Roberts and Nicolas Lamp, co-authors of the book Six Faces of Globalization: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why it Matters. While the book focuses on globalization, in which China has been a central actor, it's really a book about ways to approach all complex issues — and will equip you with immensely useful ways to conceptualize any number of problems related to China. Kaiser calls the book "an upgrade to [his] mental operating system." Please enjoy this fascinating discussion with two brilliant scholars.

    5:36 – What are the building blocks of a "narrative?"

    8:08 – The six main narratives on globalization laid out

    26:23 – The challenge of articulating problematic or objectionable narratives in good faith

    53:54 – How China fits into the six "Western" narratives on globalization

    56:55 – Chinese perspectives on globalization

    1:11:58 – Different metaphors for integrative complexity

    1:21:01 – Disciplines and training that prepare or predispose people toward complexity

    1:24:33 – Name-checking the influences

    A transcript of this conversation is available on SupChina.com.




    Recommendations:

    Anthea: The Master and His Emissary, by Ian McGilchrist

    Nicolas: The Once and Future Worker, by Oren Cass; and the China Trade Monitor website, run by Simon Lester and Huan Zhu.

    Kaiser: "China's Reform Generation Adapts to Life in the Middle Class," by Peter Hessler




    Other Links: This episode mentions a great many books and authors. Here's a partial list!

    Isaiah Berlin, The Hedgehog and the Fox

    Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Slow and Fast

    Howard Gardner, Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons in Theory and Practice; and his memoir, A Synthesizing Mind

    Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner, Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

    Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

    Paul Blustein, Schism: China, America, and the Fracturing of the Global Trading System

    Julia Galef, The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't

    David Epstein, Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

    C.P. Snow, The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution

    Edward O. Wilson, Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge

    George Lakoff, Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think

    Gareth Morgan, Images of Organization




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    The sociologist watching the China-watchers: A conversation with David McCourt

    The sociologist watching the China-watchers: A conversation with David McCourt

    This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with David McCourt, associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Davis. For the last several years, David — who is not himself a China specialist — has undertaken a sociological study of "China-watchers," and has presented his findings to date in a series of papers as he prepares to publish a book. Focusing on China-watchers as a community, he offers fascinating insights into how they interact to shape the major narratives of "engagement" and "strategic competition.

    5:24 – Who counts as a “China-watcher”?

    13:53 – A taxonomy of China-watchers

     21:43 – Small e engagement and capital E Engagement

     28:35 – The sociological sources of China policy

     37:54 – What China policy positions tell us about America

     45:14 – Habitus and China policy orientation

     55:19 – The China-watching community and American presidential administrations, Obama to Biden

    A transcript of this conversation is available at SupChina.com.

     Recommendations: 

     David: Gregoire Chamayou, The Ungovernable Society: A Genealogy of Authoritarian Liberalism

     Kaiser: The works of the great American political scientist Robert Jervis, who died on December 9, especially Perception and Misperception in International Politics and System Effects: Complexity in Political and Social Life




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    • 1 小時 21 分鐘
    Damien Ma of MacroPolo on China's economic and political outlook

    Damien Ma of MacroPolo on China's economic and political outlook

    This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with Damien Ma, managing director and co-founder of the Paulson Institute’s think-tank, MacroPolo. Damien discusses MacroPolo's new forecast of the property market in China and the likely impact of the predicted contraction of that market. Damien also offers advice on what smart China-watchers will be keeping their eyes on in the coming, highly political year in China in the leadup to the 20th Party Congress. And he shares the amusing story of what happened the evening after he last appeared on Sinica way back when.

    2:58 – Damien recalls how he nearly led Sinica's interns to their doom one fateful night in 2014

    7:23 – MacroPolo's forecast of the property market through 2025

    16:28 – How will local governments fund themselves without land sales?

    20:11 – Damien's take on Xi Jinping's "common prosperity" agenda

    28:53 – Understanding China today through the lens of scarcity

    30:49 – Tips for watching developments in China in this political year

    40:00 – Cool stuff from MacroPolo

    A transcript of this conversation is available on SupChina.com.

    Recommendations:

    Damien: Derek Thompson, "America is Running on Fumes," in The Atlantic.

    Kaiser: Peter Jackson's epic Beatles documentary Get Back on Disney+










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    • 57 分鐘
    The investigative team from MIT Technology Review that found major flaws with the DoJ's China Initiative

    The investigative team from MIT Technology Review that found major flaws with the DoJ's China Initiative

    This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser chats with Eileen Guo and Jess Aloe, two members of the three-person team of reporters at the MIT Technology Review who took a data-centered look at the U.S. Department of Justice's China Initiative and uncovered serious problems: an ill-defined mission, low conviction rates, post hoc efforts to remove cases previously described as falling under the China Initiative, and strong evidence of racial profiling.

    3:03 – The genesis of the report

    9:15 – How the Department of Justice defines — or doesn't define — the China Initiative

    19:00 – The deletion of China Initiative cases from the DoJ's website

    22:34 – Was the Anming Hu case a watershed?

    30:57 – The evidence for racial profiling

    38:26 – Biden's conundrum

    A transcript of this podcast is available on SupChina.com.

    Recommendations:

    Eileen: America for Beginners, a novel by Leah Franqui

    Jess: The Expanse, a science fiction series on Amazon Prime

    Kaiser: Cloud Cuckoo Land, a novel by Anthony Doerr




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    • 49 分鐘
    FOCAC 2021 in Dakar, Senegal, and B3W — the U.S. counter to China's BRI?

    FOCAC 2021 in Dakar, Senegal, and B3W — the U.S. counter to China's BRI?

    The recently-concluded Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) meeting in Dakar, Senegal, generated surprisingly little international press coverage — except for a few stories that seized on what looked, at first blush, like a significant decrease in Beijing's overall investment commitment on the continent. If Beijing sees a concerted effort by the U.S. and Europe to diminish, tarnish, or counteract China's position in Africa, it might well be excused: Its triannual Sino-African love fest, after all, didn't receive nearly as much attention as two problematic stories did: one centering on the alleged Chinese seizure of Uganda's Entebbe Airport, and another claiming that China plans to build a military base in Equatorial Guinea — a base that could threaten the East Coast of the United States, as reports suggested.

    And then there's the U.S.-led "Build Back Better World" (B3W) initiative, which was launched at the G7 summit in June, and the European Commission's own answer to China's Belt and Road Initiative: the Global Gateway Strategy, which was announced on the final day of FOCAC. 

    This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy speak with the Nairobi-based development economist Anzetse Were and Eric Olander, host of the China in Africa Podcast. They both have a lot to say about FOCAC coverage, media narratives on China in Africa, and the likelihood that programs like B3W and Global Gateway can move the needle when it comes to China's position on the continent.

    5:08 – Major takeaways from FOCAC 2021

    7:19 – Just how much money did China commit this time?

    15:57 – FOCAC 2021 as an inflection point in China-Africa relations

    19:05 – Media disconnects on the China-Africa story and "psychological self-soothing"

    23:33 – The mistaken reports on China's alleged seizure of Entebbe Airport in Uganda

    30:28 – The Wall Street Journal's report on China's alleged plans to build a military base in Equatorial Guinea

    44:55 – China's vaccine diplomacy in Africa

    52:12 – B3W (Build Back Better World) and Global Gateway as counters to the BRI

    A transcript of this episode is available on SupChina.com

    Recommendations:

    Jeremy: Political Pilgrims: Western Intellectuals in Search of the Good Society by Paul Hollander

    Anzetse: Market Power and Role of the Private Sector by the China-Africa Business Council; and "Africa's economic transformation: the role of Chinese investment," by Linda Calabrese and Xiaoyang Tang

    Eric: "Guānxì: Power, Networking, and Influence in China-Africa Relations," by Paul Nantulya

    Kaiser: Beware of Pity, a novel by Stefan Zweig

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Martinikorena

Great for China nerds and casual listeners

I have been listening to this podcast for many years and it only gets better. Their guests have always been very diverse and interesting but ever since they moved to the US they have become even more professional and important. A little criticism: lately they focus a lot more in sino-american relationships. I miss more shows about history, pop culture or life in China.

SloanKulper

Excellent coverage of China

Highly recommended for those interested in learning more

Chinabob1

Great Insights into how China ticks

As someone who has been living and working in the middle kingdom since 1998 and is a casual observer of this wonderful land and it's people it is great to find a couple of extremely well informed individuals willing to share their knowledge and insights. Add to that their superb selection of guests and you have the makings of a great informative podcast.

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