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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.
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    CSET: How to Break the Think Tank Mold

    CSET: How to Break the Think Tank Mold

    Dewey Murdick, director of CSET, discusses how the organization has brought a new level of rigor to hot topics ranging from chips to immigration and AI safety policy.

    We also discuss:
    CSET's Map of Science and the fate of Google ScholarBeing beholden to the checkbooks of fundersTopics that make policymakers' eyes roll - but shouldn'tThe optimal employment conditions for growing temperate, nice, low-ego, tasty fruit
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    Outtro music that Dewey eventually got around to sending me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41U78QP8nBk Daisy Bell - the first computer to sing
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    • 48 min
    Son Eating and Prince-Slaying: Stratagems of the Warring States

    Son Eating and Prince-Slaying: Stratagems of the Warring States

    Can eating your sons be morally justified? Stratagems of the Warring States is a collection of stories compiled during the Han dynasty about the many states that fought for control of all under heaven in the Warring States Period between the fifth and third centuries BC.
    Featuring tales of hostages, statecraft, assassinations and throwing shade on princelings, in this special episode of ChinaTalk, voice actors Jacob Guenther and Chara Lin perform excerpts of Jennifer Dodgson's translation into English, while Dodgson herself discusses each piece.
    Check out Jennifer's website hosting her translations here.
    Performances include
    Qin recruits troops and advances on Zhou to demand the nine cauldronsEast Zhou wishes to grow riceGong Ta defects from West ZhouZhang Yi runs out of money in ChuAn attack on ZhongshanThe Queen Dowager of Zhao takes over the running of state affairs
    Outtro music: Prince Qin Breaking Through the Enemy Array, traditional Tang-era music performed by Hubei Chime Bells Orchestra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvTul5_js_A&list=RDadcGeuTMmBA&index=8
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    • 31 min
    6th Plenum: Open Source CCP

    6th Plenum: Open Source CCP

    What does the 6th Plenum communique tell us about where Xi wants to take China? What can you learn by reading the People’s Daily daily and writing a substack on it? And how would you design a course to learn how to read the CCP?
    To discuss, Manoj Kewalramani (@theChinaDude) of the https://trackingpeoplesdaily.substack.com/ and https://manojkewalramani.substack.com/ newsletters, joins to discuss.
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    Outtro music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m1Uf1hbrxU
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    • 50 min
    Selling China's Story

    Selling China's Story

    Winner of the inaugural Rhodium and China Talk essay contest, recent college grad Maggie Baughman discusses her essay on how the Chinese government uses Western social media to promote their desired image of China internationally with myself and co-host Jeff Kao, a computational journalist at ProPublica.
    We discuss:
    The companies offering Chinese entities access and marketing on western social mediaHow China's approach to western social media differs to that in Russia and IranForeign influencers on WeiboWhy tourism bureaus love pandas, sunsets and happy workers
    Please consider supporting ChinaTalk at patreon.com/chinatalk
    Outtro Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reYOZ8BrVeg

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    • 33 min
    Red Roulette: It Sucks to be a Chinese Billionaire

    Red Roulette: It Sucks to be a Chinese Billionaire

    Red Roulette, Desmond Shum’s memoir of a fast life, deep in the bowels of Chinese politics, is the bombshell China book of 2021. It tells the story of his rise from an impoverished childhood in cultural revolution-era Shanghai and Hong Kong to his marriage to his social climbing wife with ties to the premier of China, and ultimate downfall as Xi’s anti-corruption push caught up with him. 
    New York Times reporter Mike Forsythe (@PekingMike) and Lizzi C Lee (@wstv_lizzi), a journalist at the independent Chinese outlet Wall St TV, join me to discuss. We get into:
    Corruption crackdowns under Xi JinpingWestern reporters reporting on ChinaThe not-so-well-hidden fortunes of Politburo membersThe dietary habits of traveling Chinese officials
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    Outtro music: The Reform Group is Two Years Old by CCTV feat. Xi Jinping https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhU8C5RCbBs&t=3s
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    • 45 min
    Why Does China Have Blackouts?

    Why Does China Have Blackouts?

    China's energy problems are back in the news. Joining me to discuss them is Yan Qin, lead analyst at Refinitiv, with my Rhodium colleague Irina Liu as co-host.
    We discuss
    Whether China is serious about its climate pledgeWhy Chinese industry is moving westwardsHow "carbon neutral" became a hot topicThe importance of global cooperation on climate change
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    Outtro music: 020 by Tizzy T https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKqjZMA-F88
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
185 Ratings

185 Ratings

f4seth ,

Five For You

Seriously confused to as why this show is edited the way it is sometimes.

papertiger29 ,

Very smart show!

A great show, unique in tone and content in the China-related podcasting world. Jordan is clearly highly intelligent, deeply and broadly knowledgeable. I like the youthful energy of the show, and the sense that Jordan is pushing for better writing, talking, and analysis on China in general by highlighting things like Chinese-language sources that should be obvious to western China "experts" but are weirdly overlooked. Could the show benefit from better editing and production? Yes. Do certain episodes sometimes veer into too-narrow corridors of China/tech/defense/policy nerd smugness? Yes (like the recent episode with Lisa Porter...huh?). But overall, I welcome a podcast like this that really gets into the weeds rather than defaulting to a wider China-clueless audience. I love the musical choices, although some go on too long -it would be really nice to get a few words about the songs being featured. Keep going, keep polishing, and thank you for the great work so far! 加油!

john dickerfan ,

Fantastic China-centric podcast

Huge fan of Jordan’s fantastic podcast. I love how he brings unique voices to discuss interesting topics which I can’t find anywhere else.

Jordan’s insecurity about his radio voice is very endearing, especially considering he never speaks any Chinese on the show. Makes me wonder how his tones are…

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