Hosted by Bonnie S. Glaser, the ChinaPower Podcast dissects critical issues underpinning China’s emergence as a global power.
China-Myanmar Ties: A Conversation with Enze Han
October 13, 2017
This episode focuses on the current state of China-Myanmar relations as Naypyidaw’s relations with the West strain due to regime violence against the Rohingya minority. Our guest, Dr. Enze Han, looks back at how Chinese relations with Myanmar have evolved and adjusted to changes in the United States’ role in the country. He further discusses how Beijing has sought to mediate Myanmar’s internal conflict with its ethnic minorities and why China would take up this cause.
Dr. Enze Han is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Dr. Han’s research focuses on China’s relations with Southeast Asia and ethnic politics in China.
Chinese Influence through Arms Exports: A Conversation with Michael Raska
October 2, 2017
This episode discusses Chinese conventional arms exports and their use as a strategy to promote larger Chinese national security objectives. It traces the history and recent developments in Chinese weapons exports. It also examines competition between China and other countries in the arms export sector.
Michael Raska is an Assistant Professor in the Military Transformations Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, where his research focuses on East Asian security and defense. He is the author of Military Innovation and Small States: Creating Reverse Asymmetry(Routledge,2015) and co-editor of Security, Strategy, and Military Change in the 21st Century: Cross-regional Perspectives (Routledge, 2015).
U.S. Ramping Up North Korean Sanctions: A Conversation with Anthony Ruggiero
September 5, 2017
This episode discusses the recent U.S. Treasury designation of several Chinese entities and individuals for facilitating North Korea’s WMD development and enabling North Korean access to the international financial system. These designations were preceded by several other actions against Chinese entities, including a Section 311 action against the Bank of Dandong. China has strongly opposed such unilateral sanctions, calling these actions a “serious violation of international law.” This episode discusses the significance of the Trump administration’s actions and whether they are likely to result in greater Chinese compliance with UN sanctions in the future.
Mr. Ruggiero is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He previously worked in the US Government for 17 years, including on sanctions against Iran and North Korea.
China-India Standoff at Doka La: A Conversation with Jeff Smith
August 11, 2017
This episode discusses Sino-Indian relations and the recent escalation in tensions between the two nations that began on June 16th with the unprecedented intervention of Indian troops intervening on behalf of Bhutan in the disputed Doklam plateau. Our guest, Jeff Smith, joins us to discuss the Doklam standoff as well as Sino-Indian ties more broadly. This episode explores the interests of each of the three states involved, assesses the likelihood of open conflict, and compares this crisis with previous standoffs between India and China. The episode closes with a look at the role of the United States in the standoff.
Jeff Smith is the Director of Asian Security Programs and the Kramer Strategy Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council. He is the author of Cold Peace: China China-India Rivalry in the Twenty-First Century (2014) and the co-editor of the World Almanac of Islamism 2014 (2014).
Youth and Identity in Hong Kong: A Conversation with Ben Bland
July 27, 2017
Hong Kong’s status as a Semi Autonomous Region of China empowers the younger generation to express what makes them unhappy but it doesn’t grant them the political capacity to enact change. Amid the uncertainty of the future of Hong Kong’s political freedom and persistent economic challenges, this younger generation has come to view themselves as Hong Kongers—an identity both threatened and reinforced by the rapid expansion of Beijing’s influence. In this episode, we sit down with Ben Bland to discuss youth identity in Hong Kong and his new book, “Generation HK: Seeking Identity in China’s Shadow.”
China-Vietnam Ties: A Conversation with Alexander Vuving
July 20, 2017
Despite historically strong party-to-party ties between Hanoi and Beijing, territorial disputes and competition for influence in Southeast Asia have led to increased tensions between Vietnam and China. General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit to China at the start of 2017 seemed to indicate both countries were working to stabilize relations. However, in June, Vice Chairman of the CMC Fan Changlong, cut short his visit to Hanoi, and a joint military exercise was subsequently cancelled. In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Alexander Vuving to discuss ties between China and Vietnam and their implications for regional stability.
Xi Jinping and the 19th Party Congress: A Conversation with Joseph Fewsmith
June 21, 2017
This fall, the Communist Party of China will host its 19th Party Congress, which will bring new members into both the Standing Committee and the Politburo. The 19th Party Congress will also mark the start of President Xi Jinping’s second five-year term as CCP General Secretary. It is widely believed that the Party Congress will enable Xi to further consolidate his authority as the Party’s “core leader.” Some analysts even speculate that it could set the stage for Xi to extend his rule beyond 2022. In this episode, we discuss Chinese leadership politics and look ahead to the 19th Party Congress with Professor Joe Fewsmith.
China-South Korea Relations under Moon: A Conversation with John Delury
June 9, 2017
In the early years of Park Geun-hye’s presidency, South Korea’s relations with China reached an all-time high. Mutual disappointments followed, however. The latest and most serious challenge to the relationship came in July 2016, when Seoul announced its decision to deploy the THAAD missile defense system. In response, Beijing used various tools, including economic coercion, to pressure Seoul to reverse its decision. With newly elected ROK President Moon Jae-in in office in Seoul, there may be an opportunity to improve South Korea-China ties. In this episode we welcome Professor John Delury as we discuss the current state of relations between Beijing and Seoul and prospects for their future development.
One Belt, One Road, One Asia?: A Conversation with David M. Lampton
May 15, 2017
On May 14-15, 28 heads of state will attend China’s Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation—an event Beijing has deemed “the year’s diplomatic highlight.” First introduced in November 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative is a foreign policy and economic strategy led by President Xi Jinping. BRI seeks to interconnect Eurasia, Africa, and Oceania with East Asia through two routes—one land based and one maritime based. While estimates vary, together the Belt and Road Initiative is reported to involve 65 countries, 4.4 billion people and about 40% of global GDP. In this episode, we discuss BRI with Professor David M. Lampton, and what it means for Chinese power and influence around its periphery.
The Future of Democracy in Hong Kong: A Conversation with David Zweig
April 26, 2017
On March 26, Carrie Lam was elected by a roughly 1,200 person election committee to become Hong Kong’s next chief executive. Beijing’s clear favorite, Lam won with 777 votes, despite lack of public support from local Hongkongers. While minimal political representation is a familiar matter to those in this “Special Administrative Region” of China, the 2017 election has raised questions and concerns about Hong Kong’s future, especially the potential for political reform. In this episode we sit down with David Zweig to discuss the recent election, why Beijing is exerting a heavier hand, and the future of democracy in Hong Kong.