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The ChinaPower Podcast dissects critical issues underpinning China’s emergence as a global power. Hosted by Bonnie S. Glaser director of the CSIS China Power Project.

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The ChinaPower Podcast dissects critical issues underpinning China’s emergence as a global power. Hosted by Bonnie S. Glaser director of the CSIS China Power Project.

    Europe and China as Partners or Rivals?: A Conversation with Mikko Huotari

    Europe and China as Partners or Rivals?: A Conversation with Mikko Huotari

    In this episode, Dr. Mikko Huotari joins us to discuss the evolving relationship between Europe and China. He highlights the multifaceted relationship between China and the European Union, noting that the EU has labeled China as both a strategic partner and a systemic rival. Dr. Huotari argues that while the coronavirus has been a driver of recent tensions in the Europe-China relationship, there has been a longer-term negative trend of worsening ties and a lack of progress on policy agendas between the EU and China. In particular, Dr. Huotari examines China’s human rights record and discusses its impact on relations with European countries. He also evaluates the evolution of European sentiment towards China and security issues regarding China, and assesses the prospect for greater transatlantic cooperation between the United States and Europe on China policy. Lastly, Dr. Huotari analyzes the impact of the US election on Europe-China ties, saying that productive collaboration is more likely under a Biden Administration than a second Trump administration. 
     
    Dr. Mikko Huotari is the Executive Director of MERICS. His research focuses on China’s foreign policy, China-Europe relations, and global (economic) governance and competition. He has published on China’s rise as a financial power, trade and investment relations with Europe, and geopolitical shifts related to China's emergence as a global security actor.

    • 24 min
    China’s Commitments to Fighting Climate Change: A Conversation with David Sandalow

    China’s Commitments to Fighting Climate Change: A Conversation with David Sandalow

    This episode examines China’s role in the global climate change agenda and Xi Jinping’s commitment at the September 2020 UN General Assembly for China to become carbon-neutral by 2060. Mr. Sandalow argues that this new commitment provides an opportunity for China to present itself as a global leader on climate change policy, in contrast to the United States. Although China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, Mr. Sandalow notes that China has invested heavily in renewable energy infrastructure and technology. He views China’s strength at long-term planning as a benefit in implementing effective strategies to combat climate change. Mr. Sandalow also evaluates the progress China has made since signing the Paris Accords, how technological innovation will help China achieve its climate goals, and the potential impact of a Trump re-election or a Biden presidency on US-China cooperation to address climate change.
     
    David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy and Co-Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He founded and directs the Center’s US-China Program and is author of the Guide to Chinese Climate Policy.

    • 24 min
    Highlights of the 2020 DoD Report on Chinese Military Power: A Conversation with Chad Sbragia

    Highlights of the 2020 DoD Report on Chinese Military Power: A Conversation with Chad Sbragia

    This episode examines the trajectory of Chinese military developments and national strategy, as well as key findings of the 2020 Department of Defense (DoD) annual report to Congress entitled Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China. Our guest, Mr. Chad Sbragia, discusses a wide range of topics, including China’s capacity to launch an amphibious assault on Taiwan, China’s nuclear strategy, and the Belt and Road Initiative. Mr. Sbragia also highlights the growing alignment between the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and China’s broader national strategy, and he explores the implication of PLA modernization for stability and crisis prevention in the coming years.
     
    Mr. Chad Sbragia currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for China in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In this capacity, he is responsible for advising senior leadership within the Department of Defense on all policy matters pertaining to the development and implementation of defense strategies, plans, policies, and bilateral security relations for China. 

    • 27 min
    The Impact of China's Dominant Position in Global Supply Chains: A Conversation with Wang Tao

    The Impact of China's Dominant Position in Global Supply Chains: A Conversation with Wang Tao

    This episode examines China’s changing role in supply chains and the factors behind recent shifts in global production. Our guest, Dr. Wang Tao, explains why certain companies and sectors are more inclined to move their production outside of China while others choose to stay. Dr. Wang also assesses the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and US-China trade war on supply chain decisions, as well as how the new Hong Kong national security law (and resulting restrictions imposed by the US) might affect reshoring. 
    Dr. Wang Tao is a Managing Director, Chief China Economist, and Head of Asia Economic Research at UBS Investment Bank, where she leads a team that covers macroeconomic and policy issues in Asia and China. Prior to joining UBS, Dr. Wang was Head of Greater China Economics and Strategy at Bank of America and Head of Asian Economics at BP plc. She is a member of the Mainland Opportunities Committee of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council as well as a member of the Chief China Economists Forum.

    • 23 min
    US-China Relations in Free Fall?: A Conversation with Lu Xiang

    US-China Relations in Free Fall?: A Conversation with Lu Xiang

    This episode examines the increasing friction in US-China relations. Our guest, Dr. Lu Xiang, analyzes the primary factors behind the souring ties, and why the signing of the Phase 1 trade deal was not enough to buoy the relationship. Dr. Lu speaks about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on bilateral relations, and the role he sees US domestic politics playing in exacerbating tensions. He also looks at the future of US-China relations and what circumstances would allow for the relationship to stabilize moving forward.

    Dr. Lu Xiang is the Director for Research at the Hong Kong-based Chinese Institute of Hong Kong, an affiliate of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Dr. Lu was previously a senior researcher at the Institute of American Studies and the Institute of World Economics and Politics at CASS. From 2012-2013, Dr. Lu was a visiting fellow at CSIS. His research focuses on national strategic communications, world and US politics, Chinese foreign policy, and Hong Kong-related issues.

    • 24 min
    The Galwan Valley Clash and China's Approach to Sovereignty Disputes: A Conversation with M. Taylor Fravel

    The Galwan Valley Clash and China's Approach to Sovereignty Disputes: A Conversation with M. Taylor Fravel

    This episode explores the dynamics behind the June 2020 China-India border clash, and examines what the episode signifies about the changing nature of China’s approach to territorial and maritime disputes. Our guest, Dr. M. Taylor Fravel, compares the recent clash to past incidents along the Sino-Indian border and discusses whether confidence building measures have the potential to prevent further China-India territorial conflict. Dr. Fravel weighs the potential impact of the incident on India’s relationship with the United States. He also assesses Beijing's broader strategic goals in defending Chinese sovereignty, and how we should understand Beijing’s increasingly assertive policies toward border disputes.
    Dr. M. Taylor Fravel is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and Director of the MIT Security Studies Program at MIT. Dr. Fravel currently serves on the editorial boards of the International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, and The China Quarterly, and is a member of the board of directors for the National Committee on US-China Relations. He is also the Principal Investigator of the Maritime Awareness Project.

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Customer Reviews

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79 Ratings

haothenickname ,

It’s okay, better than average China watchers

Interestingly you see several comments saying this channel is “pro China” but from the point of view of a Chinese, I think this channel is less biased. I think many western audience should really question what they really want from any channel related to China. Do they just want a platform to please their prejudice or do they want to learn how people in the other side of the world think?

zarqume ,

Pro China

Too pro China. ‘Experts’ have been too compromised.

404Macon ,

China US relationship in free fall

So sad that you lacked the moral courage to ask any really tough questions. For example, “why did you allow people to travel, infected, from Wuhan to countries around the world”. If they handled the virus so well why did this happen? Why, if handled so well, did they not allow anyone in the view their great actions in containing the virus?? Why the CDC was not allowed to research with them?? I’m a laymen from the fly over zone and could have ask these questions of him!!

These are what true partner nations do. Yet despite your claim of being a journalist you failed. Surely, in your college courses, you where taught to ask the tough questions, yet you failed. Time and time again you let him off the hook, listen to yourself and see if you can truthfully say you lived up to any journalist standards.

This was one of the saddest pieces of work I’ve ever listened to. You must hold communist accountable for their actions and the propaganda they spread. I’m sure you want him to be your friend and come back often, and I’m sure he will after this bunny of an interview. I’ve been listening to you for along time and I must say this might well be the last.

Even as a young man, I remember reporters challenging the USSR’s propaganda, in interviews, but not now. I’m sure you have set yourself up for the CCTV job you are no doubt wanting the CCP to offer.
Lets not even go to human rights and your failure to even bring this up because apparently our don’t care. This is was so bad, and you should go hide your head in the sand for a while. Failure is hard to swallow for us all, and to learn from, but I have they feeling you will not us this as a lesson in failure. Good luck on your future job and becoming a true mouthpiece for the CCP.

Concerned citizen from the fly over zone.

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