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A podcast unpacking critical issues underpinning China’s emergence as a global power.

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A podcast unpacking critical issues underpinning China’s emergence as a global power.

    Evaluating U.S. Engagement with China: A Conversation with Dr. Aaron Friedberg

    Evaluating U.S. Engagement with China: A Conversation with Dr. Aaron Friedberg

    In this episode of the ChinaPower Podcast, Dr. Aaron Friedberg joins us to discuss the current state and shortcomings of U.S. engagement with China. Dr. Friedberg argues that U.S. engagement with China has failed in several respects, highlighting China’s shift toward more repressive policies under Xi Jinping and its increasingly contentious relationship with the United States in the Asia-Pacific. He believes that, rather than becoming a “responsible stakeholder,” China has instead evolved into a “revisionist power” that is seeking to surpass American influence in Asia and challenge the global status quo. He offers that if the United States did not embrace the approach of engaging with China, it is possible that China would be more aggressive now, but China would also be a weaker power. Lastly, Dr. Friedberg lays out his view of how the United States can best strategize on China going forward, including offering his evaluation of the Biden Administration’s current policy toward China.

    • 46 min
    China’s Economic Woes: A Conversation with Scott Kennedy

    China’s Economic Woes: A Conversation with Scott Kennedy

    In this episode of the ChinaPower Podcast, Dr. Scott Kennedy joins us to discuss the state of China’s economy and its current challenges. Dr. Kennedy says that Chinese domestic economic policy, including crackdowns in the technology and education sectors, are dampening prospects for China’s long-term growth. He also explains that China’s Zero-Covid policy and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have adversely shaped business sentiment in China. Lastly, Dr. Kennedy argues that China’s current economic difficulties could make it a more unpredictable and volatile actor on the world’s stage.
     
    Scott Kennedy is Senior Adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics at CSIS. Dr. Kennedy is a leading authority on Chinese economic policy and has been traveling to China for over 30 years. His specific areas of expertise include industrial policy, technology innovation, business lobbying, U.S.-China commercial relations, and global governance. His articles have appeared in a wide array of policy, popular, and academic venues, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and China Quarterly.   

    • 34 min
    China’s Strategic Approach to the Solomon Islands: A Conversation with Rory Medcalf

    China’s Strategic Approach to the Solomon Islands: A Conversation with Rory Medcalf

    In this episode of the ChinaPower Podcast, Professor Rory Medcalf joins us to discuss China’s strategy in the Solomon Islands and the Southwest Pacific. Professor Medcalf explains that the Southwest Pacific, for much of its history, has not been a zone of major power competition and is important because it stands geographically between Australia and the rest of the Indo-Pacific and the US. The Solomon Islands is one of multiple locations in the region that China has expressed military interest in. He also argues that China’s objectives in the region could distort the interests and priorities of governments and societies and could change the region’s balance of power. Lastly, Professor Medcalf recommends that the Australian government and its partners build and maintain a new level of engagement (through both governance and civil society) in the region in order to provide alternatives to China’s influence.

    • 37 min
    China’s Relationship with the Middle East: A Conversation with Dr. Jon B. Alterman

    China’s Relationship with the Middle East: A Conversation with Dr. Jon B. Alterman

    In this episode of the ChinaPower Podcast, we are joined by Dr. Jon B. Alterman to unpack the relationship between China and the Middle East. Dr. Alterman begins with an overview of China’s role in the region, detailing China’s varied individual relationships with different countries. He states that China’s growing presence in the region is mostly motivated by Chinese self-interest and China is not willing to commit large sacrifices to deepen its relations with the region or with particular countries like Iran. Dr. Alterman concludes that the future of China-Middle East relations is unpredictable, and the United States should not overestimate China’s power in the region.
    Dr. Jon B. Alterman is a senior vice president, holds the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and is director of the Middle East Program at CSIS. Prior to joining CSIS in 2002, he served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State and as a special assistant to the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, and from 2009-2019 he served as a member of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel.

    • 37 min
    Taiwan’s View of the Invasion of Ukraine: A Conversation with Dr. Shen Ming-Shih

    Taiwan’s View of the Invasion of Ukraine: A Conversation with Dr. Shen Ming-Shih

    In this episode of the ChinaPower Podcast, Dr. Shen Ming-Shih joins us to discuss Taiwan’s views on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the potential lessons Taiwan may learn. Dr. Shen begins by exploring what Taiwan’s defense community has learned and the inspiration Taiwan’s people have drawn from Ukraine. He then discusses the ongoing debates in Taiwan over how to reform the island’s defense and build on its relationship with the U.S. Finally, Dr. Shen argues that the most important factor in a potential Taiwan conflict will be the actions of the U.S. and international community, and that the U.S. should embrace “strategic-level clarity” with tactical ambiguity to deter China from aggression.

    • 38 min
    China’s Lessons Learned from Ukraine: A Conversation with Dr. Tong Zhao

    China’s Lessons Learned from Ukraine: A Conversation with Dr. Tong Zhao

    In this episode of the ChinaPower Podcast, Dr. Tong Zhao joins us to discuss China’s views on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the potential lessons China may learn. Dr. Zhao begins by describing the evolution of Chinese reactions to the invasion, from optimism of its impacts on China to uncertainty. He says that, in China, there is a common perception that Russia and Ukraine are comparable to China and Taiwan. Dr. Zhao then explains that the West’s comprehensive sanctions against Russia and military support for Ukraine reinforce China’s fear that the West seeks to strangle countries with different political systems. Finally, Dr. Zhao discusses how the invasion of Ukraine might change the global geopolitical landscape, and that he thinks the invasion will significantly impact China’s foreign policy going forward.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
136 Ratings

136 Ratings

BrettW199 ,

Good

Interesting, informative and relevant. I don’t know who wrote the negative reviews but they need to be investigated to determine their true identity.

zeitggeist ,

New narrator sounds disconnected from the content

I’ve listened to this pod for a year years, and it seems as if the show is stil written by the same person, but now the intros and questions are read by a lower-paid intern. It now sounds much more like a low-effort production and I’ve chosen to unsubscribe. Thanks for the years of good content prior to this.

An informed person ,

Good Podcast But There Are Issues

The podcast has poor audio. The speakers are highly qualified experts. The problem is that the podcast isn’t a conversation between a host and the expert. It is instead a series of experts reading from their work sometimes too quickly. There are no follow-up questions. This podcast is put together in some way where the host and the experts never actually meet each other, even on zoom. This leads to a stilted awkward quality of the podcast, which is a shame given the high quality of the people involved.

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