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Asia-focused discussions on geopolitics, social affairs and other developments brought to you in topical seasons. Presented by Asia Society Switzerland.

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Asia-focused discussions on geopolitics, social affairs and other developments brought to you in topical seasons. Presented by Asia Society Switzerland.

    China and the World: Russia’s ‘Slow’ Move Eastwards, with Alexander Gabuev

    China and the World: Russia’s ‘Slow’ Move Eastwards, with Alexander Gabuev

    As China increases its power and moves westwards, Russia is looking more to the East. The Soviet Union and newly communist China were, at a time, very close. In recent years and especially since the 2014 annexation of Crimea, the countries have intensified their relationship. The Sino-Russia relationship is more than a partnership, but less than an alliance as both countries share an ideology based on the notion of sovereignty. 
    Your host: Nico Luchsinger, Co-Executive Director, Asia Society Switzerland
    Speaker: Alexander Gabuev, Senior Fellow and Chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program, the Carnegie Moscow Center
    Production: Denise Staubli, Program Manager, Asia Society Switzerland

    Show notes:
    Asia Society Switzerland Webcast with Alexander Gabuev Sino-Russian Relations: A Threat for the West?, April, 2020 Latest analysis by Alexander GabuevCGTN article Timeline: Highlights of China-Russia ties in the past 70 years by Zhou Jingnan

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    China and the World: India's Perspective, with Tanvi Madan, Samir Saran and Shashi Tharoor

    China and the World: India's Perspective, with Tanvi Madan, Samir Saran and Shashi Tharoor

    While China’s largest neighbor India is expected to overtake China by population within only a few years, it is struggling in most other areas to compete with the other giant emerging country. The recent border clashes only led the already complicated relations to deteriorate. As for most countries, India will have to balance furthering its economic potential – that it will not achieve without China – and opposing a China led region by offering opportunities to collaborate for other countries.

    Your host: Nico Luchsinger, Executive Director, Asia Society Switzerland
    Moderator: Nico Luchsinger
    Speakers:
    Tanvi Madan, Director and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
    Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation (ORF)
    Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament for Thiruvananthapuram and author
    Production: Serena Jung, Program and Communications Director, Asia Society Switzerland
    Editing: Denise Staubli, Program Manager, Asia Society Switzerland

    Sources:
    Asia Society Switzerland State of Asia 2020: The Indian Imperative, November 27, 2020Asia Society Switzerland Webcast 'The Relations Between China and India Have Seen a Stabilization, but No Resolution' , April 16, 2020Book Fateful Triangle: How China Shaped US-India Relations during the Cold War by Tanvi Madan, Brookings Institution Press, 2020Book  Pax Sinica: Implications for the Indian Dawn by Samir Saran and Akhil Deo, Rupa Publications 2019Book The Battle Of Belonging: On Nationalism, Patriotism, And What It Means To Be Indian by Shashi Tharoor, 2020

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    China and the World: Africa as China’s Policy Test Bed, with Eric Olander and Aleksandra Gadzala

    China and the World: Africa as China’s Policy Test Bed, with Eric Olander and Aleksandra Gadzala

    China has responded to the call for investments in Africa like no other country. Since the end of the 1990s, China’s increasing financial and economic engagement in Africa has led to critical debates whether China can offer a good alternative to Western aid and charity. Its relationships with African countries has also become ever more political.

    Your host:  Nico Luchsinger, Co-Executive Director, Asia Society Switzerland
    Moderator: Aleksandra Gadzala, Head of Research at The Singularity Group
    Speaker: Eric Olander, Co-founder of the China Africa Project (CAP)
    Production: Denise Staubli, Program Officer, Asia Society Switzerland

    Sources:
    Asia Society Switzerland webcast What is China Doing in Africa? with Eric Olander and Aleksandra Gadzala, May 7, 2020Asia Society Switzerland Gen A essay African problems can only be solved by Africans...and Chinese? by Michael Rychener-Schreiner, November 22, 2020 Book Africa and China: How Africans and Their Governments are Shaping Relations with China, edited by Aleksandra GadzalaThe China in Africa Podcast, the China Africa Project (CAP)

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    China and the World: The Great Benefits and Sorrows for Cambodia and Laos, with Sebastian Strangio

    China and the World: The Great Benefits and Sorrows for Cambodia and Laos, with Sebastian Strangio

    China is the largest source of development assistance and investment in Cambodia and Laos. Both governments maintain close relations with China, where its presence is more marked than anywhere else in Southeast Asia. The region is one of the primary targets for the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), with one main line running from Kunming, China to Vientiane, Laos to connect Chinese markets to Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar.

    Your host:  Nico Luchsinger, Co-Executive Director, Asia Society Switzerland
    Moderator: Denise Staubli, Program Officer, Asia Society Switzerland
    Speaker: Sebastian Strangio, Southeast Asia Editor, The Diplomat  
    Production: Denise Staubli, Program Officer, Asia Society Switzerland

    Sources:
    Asia Society Switzerland Mini-Conference The Giant Next Door – China In Southeast Asia, The Case of Cambodia and Laos, November 10, 2020  Asia Society Switzerland Mini-Conference The Giant Next Door – China In Southeast Asia, keynote presentation by Sebastian Strangio, November 10, 2020In the Dragon's Shadow: Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century, by Sebastian Strangio, 2020 Asia Society Switzerland Webcast Can Laos Cope With Chinese Megaprojects? with Jessica diCarlo and Susanne Schmeier, May 13, 2020

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    China and the World: Announcement

    China and the World: Announcement

    Listen to Asia Society Switzerland's Nico Luchsinger on our first podcast season "China and the World".

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    China and the World: Indonesia and Malaysia’s Surge of Investment and Autonomy, with Ben Bland

    China and the World: Indonesia and Malaysia’s Surge of Investment and Autonomy, with Ben Bland

    China’s relations with the historically more remote, maritime and Muslim-majority countries Indonesia and Malaysia are complex and historically intertwined. For both Indonesia and Malaysia, China is a vital economic partner, but tensions in the South China Sea and anti-China sentiments remain prevalent. The Indo-Pacific being home to significant global trading routes is not only of strategic importance to China. Once again it has become the focus of a global contest for power.
    Your host:  Nico Luchsinger, Co-Executive Director, Asia Society Switzerland
    Moderator: Richard Maude, Executive Director, Policy, Asia Society Australia
    Speaker: Ben Bland, Director of the Southeast Asia Program, the Lowy Institute 
    Production: Denise Staubli, Program Officer, Asia Society Switzerland

    Sources: 
    Asia Society Switzerland Mini-Conference The Giant Next Door – China In Southeast Asia, The Case of Indonesia and Malaysia, November 10, 2020: Asia Society Switzerland Mini-Conference The Giant Next Door – China In Southeast Asia, keynote presentation by Sebastian Strangio, November 10, 2020: Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the struggle to remake Indonesia, by Ben Bland, 2020In the Dragon's Shadow: Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century, by Sebastian Strangio, 2020 

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