A place to unpack reactions to major events and hot issues in a casual setting.
Omicron in China
A new wave of COVID has hit China. How will it affect the Chinese economy and the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics? Given the high contagiousness of Omicron, does it mean an outbreak within the loop is unavoidable once a case is detected?
Join host Tu Yun and Dr. Wu Zhiwei, Director of the Center for Public Health Research, Nanjing University; Mark Dreyer, host of the China Sports Insider Podcast and author of the newly released book Sporting Superpower, An Insider’s View on China’s Quest to Be the Best; writer and columnist Einar Tangen; and sports journalist Yang Guang who will be covering the Winter Olympics in about three weeks for more on this topic.
How RCEP benefits your country
Born to be a star! The newly launched Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership overtakes many other economic blocs such as the USMCA and the EU to become the world’s largest. Some say the real significance of the RCEP is about the free trade arrangements between China and Japan, and between Japan and South Korea, the three major Asian economies that have been seeking to establish a free trade area but haven’t been able to do so for years. How valid is the assessment? How likely are we going to see the creation of the Next China in the region over the next two decades? What could be the biggest uncertainty that may hinder the sound operation of the partnership in the future?
Join host Tu Yun, writer and columnist Einar Tangen, and John Gong, professor of economics at China’s University of International Business and Economics, for a chat on the issue.
A preview of 2022: Three questions we most want to see answered
As the world moves into the new year of 2022, will the human race be able to take off the masks we’ve been wearing for the past two years? Will U.S.-China relations get better? Will Russia and NATO go to war over Ukraine? These three questions are what we have in mind. Our host Liu Kun is joined by Xu Qinduo, senior fellow with Pangoal Institution, and Dr Gal Luft, co-director of Institute for the Analysis of Global Security.
Teacher fired for inappropriate comments on Nanjing Massacre
A teacher at Shanghai Aurora College has been fired for telling her students that the casualty numbers in the notorious Nanjing Massacre are not supported by real data. She called reports on the atrocity “a folk rumor.” Some people argue the comments are not that big a deal as it’s a matter of academic freedom of speech. Is that so?
The student who put the video of the teacher’s lecture online is facing bullying. Some people call him a traitor. Does he deserve it? Could the student have handled the situation better?
And there are rising attempts especially in Japan to rewrite history or deny the occurrence of the Nanjing Massacre and other war crimes committed by the Japanese military in the rest of Asia during WWII. What’s prompted such a phenomenon?
In this episode of Chat Lounge, join host Tu Yun, writer and columnist Einar Tangen, and Associate Professor David Moser from Beijing Capital Normal University for a close look at the issue.
My Xinjiang experiences
In China’s far west, Xinjiang remains mysterious to many, even inside the country. In this episode of Chat Lounge hosted by Tu Yun, join writer and columnist Einar Tangen and filmmaker Andy Boreham, one of the foreign influencers accused by the New York Times of being used by Beijing as a “propaganda tool,” in discovering the real Xinjiang and why they think the Western narrative on the Chinese region is fundamentally wrong.
Stronger coalition of developing economies needed to push for WTO reform
Developing countries are facing a difficult time in defending their interests within the WTO as the trade body has been crippled by the US for years. With China having become a major player in global trade since its WTO accession, can it lead developing-country members to safeguard their own interests as the WTO carries out reforms? For answers to this and other questions, join host Tu Yun and Rodrigo Zeidan, Associate Professor of Practice of Business and Finance, New York University Shanghai, in this episode of our special series on the 20th anniversary of China’s WTO accession.