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Conversations exploring China's tech scene, economy and politics. Guests include a wide range of policy analysts, business professionals, journalists, and academics. Hosted by Jordan Schneider and published on Lawfare.
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Conversations exploring China's tech scene, economy and politics. Guests include a wide range of policy analysts, business professionals, journalists, and academics. Hosted by Jordan Schneider and published on Lawfare.
Please consider supporting me via Patreon and check out the newsletter on Substack

    EMERGENCY POD: How will the CCP respond to the protests?

    EMERGENCY POD: How will the CCP respond to the protests?

    Ling Li, lecturer at the University of Vienna, comes on the pod to discuss:

    The origins and evolution of Covid Zero

    Different paths the CCP could take to cracking down

    What the protests tell us about modern China


    Intro sounds: https://twitter.com/renminwansui5/status/1597064778543157250
    Outtro sounds: https://twitter.com/whyyoutouzhele/status/1597225385728827392
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    • 41 min
    EMERGENCY POD: China's Protests: What Happens Next

    EMERGENCY POD: China's Protests: What Happens Next

    I talk about where I think these protests are heading and what they mean for Covid Zero and the international situation.
    First voice memo is from @wstv_lizzi and the second is from @lichtspektrum.
    The outtro singing is protesters in Shanghai singing the Internationale.
    Here's my essay on the topic in written form: https://www.chinatalk.media/p/chinas-protests-harbinger-or-passing
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    • 22 min
    Can the US and China work together on anything?

    Can the US and China work together on anything?

    Can the US and China play nicely enough with each other to not ruin the planet in the coming century? In particular, what prospects are there for cooperation around global challenges and biotech? For this episode, I'm joined by Scott Moore, Penn's director of China programs and strategic initiatives and perhaps the nicest person on China Twitter.
    We discuss

    Medical cooperation between China and the US during the Ebola outbreak.

    Whether shared global challenges can be combatted without China.

    Leapfrogging as a means of developing technologically versus innovation.

    The scariest things that could happen as a result of biotech research.


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    Outro music: 杨和苏KeyNG - “王位” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2FsnXOKTZ8

    Episode cover art made using Midjourney with the prompt "US China reluctant cooperation in the style of john singer sargent"
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    • 41 min
    Export controls for AI: Will they work?

    Export controls for AI: Will they work?

    Do export controls work? And will they work for AI? Meet Emily Weinstein and Tim Hwang. They're research fellows at Georgetown's Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) and have written a paper on the goals of export controls and whether what the US government is trying to achieve with them is clear.
    We discuss

    Did the US inadvertently help China make better missiles?

    How export controls have hurt some US industries' international competitiveness.

    What export controls can - and can't - do to prevent technology from being developed abroad.

    Important questions about the management of bowling alleys and churches.


    Here's the paper we discussed: https://cset.georgetown.edu/publication/decoupling-in-strategic-technologies/
    Annotated bibliography: https://cset.georgetown.edu/publication/from-cold-war-sanctions-to-weaponized-interdependence/
    Trade Journal Collective: https://www.tradejournalcooperative.com/
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    Outro music: Noodles and Butter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlP-J5rssa0
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    • 48 min
    US-China Chip War

    US-China Chip War

    What will the Biden administration's new export controls mean for the US and Chinese semiconductor industries as well as the future of the US-China relationship?
    To discuss, I assembled the Chips Avengers, consisting of Reva Goujon (Rhodium Group), Jay Goldberg (Digits to Dollars), Doug O'Laughlin (Fabricated Knowledge), and Martin Chorzempa (PIIE). We got into

    The second-order implications of the Biden Administration's moves for industry

    What it would take for China to circumvent these controls

    How Beijing might strike back

    How the regulations could impact the risk of war


    Outtro music by Chinese rapper and pop star 婁峻碩 called Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGl-s-FzsFI
    Image courtesy of midjourney from the prompt: "US China chip war EUV"
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    How AI is Unlocking Creativity

    How AI is Unlocking Creativity

    The AI revolution in art is coming, not in decades but months and years. What does this mean for creativity and how will it change the way artists work?
    Meet Campfire creative director Steve Coulson. He recently produced an entire comic book using images created by the midjourney AI art generator. Together with my brother Phil Schneider cohosting, we discuss:


    Whether using tech to generate art is taking money from already struggling artists

    How AI will end the stock photography industry

    Why Xi Jinping is banned on midjourney

    How young artists can get a leg up by learning to use AI

    The challenge of using AI generator tools when you don't speak English


    Check out Steve's comic Summer Island here: https://campfirenyc.com/summer-island/

    Outro music: Antonio Vivaldi "Vedro con mio diletto" from Il Giustino by Jakub Józef Orliński (counter-tenor) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF4YXv6ZIuE

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
214 Ratings

214 Ratings

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Favorite China Pod

This podcast was the one that helped me the most to make sense of the country I was living in.

It’s easy to hear Jordan’s love of China. I appreciate the wide range of topics he hits on from the arts to economics to lifestyle, and the ever present political side.

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Open your mind and let info come in

Wide variety of excellent guests.
No, not all episodes are about China. I don’t care.
YES, host has biases, and his guests have biased. EVERYONE has biases.
I enjoy the host’s unique style and his humor.

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I would suggest this

A casual listener but very impressed with the quality of content. So often the internet is a place giving those with nothing to say a place to say it. This is different, and better

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