Hosted by Bonnie S. Glaser, the ChinaPower Podcast dissects critical issues underpinning China’s emergence as a global power.
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.
The Inaugural Trump-Xi Summit: A Conversation with Ely Ratner
April 14, 2017
On April 6 and 7, President Trump and Xi Jinping, along with their senior staff, had in-depth discussions about the bilateral trade and economic relationship, North Korea, and maritime issues in the East and South China Seas. The meetings provided an opportunity for both leaders to present their concerns and convey their priorities, and to establish a good working relationship. At the end of their discussions, both Trump and Xi characterized the talks in positive terms. In this episode we sit down with Ely Ratner to discuss what was achieved at the Xi-Trump summit and how the meeting might influence US-China relations going forward.
The Future of U.S.-China Economic Ties: A Conversation with Erin Ennis
April 6, 2017
Economic ties between the U.S. and China have expanded significantly over the last three decades. China is now the United States’ biggest source of imports and the U.S. is the largest destination of Chinese FDI in the world. Amid problems in the political and security realms, trade and economic cooperation were for many years described as the key pillars of the bilateral relationship. But many no longer agree with that characterization. Since becoming president, Donald Trump’s administration has called for a tougher stance towards China’s trade policies, but the specifics of U.S. policy are still under discussion. In this episode, we sit down with Erin Ennis to discuss the U.S.-China economic relationship.
Outcomes of China’s “Two Sessions:” A Conversation with Carl Minzner
March 22, 2017
Every March, around 5,000 Chinese officials, lawmakers and political advisors descend on Beijing for China’s National People’s Conference and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. These meetings are commonly known as the “Two Sessions.” The 2017 meetings came to a close on March 15th after two-weeks of consultation, during which China’s leaders solidified the Party’s agenda for the upcoming year. In this episode, we sit down with Carl Minzner to discuss the outcomes and significance of this year’s “Two Sessions” and look ahead to the 19th Party Congress this fall.
China’s North Korea Policy: A Conversation with Yun Sun
March 9, 2017
Following Pyongyang’s February 11th missile test, Beijing announced that it would suspend imports of North Korean coal for the rest of 2017. Although China has voted in favor of tightening UN sanctions on North Korea, Beijing continues to stress that sanctions are not an end in themselves and urges resumption of diplomacy with North Korea. Growing friction between China and North Korea is evident, though trade ties have continued to expand. While Beijing’s recent decision to suspend coal imports came as a surprise to many, whether this marks a notable shift in China’s policy in dealing with Pyongyang is a topic of debate among observers. In this episode, we sit down with Yun Sun to discuss China’s policy toward North Korea.
Soft Power through Chinese Cinema: A Conversation with Stan Rosen
February 23, 2017
Films are one important way that major nations cultivate soft power, and China is hoping to use its film industry to enhance its international image. Ticket sales in China grossed more than 6.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2015 and are expected to top 11.9 billion by the end of 2017, which would propel China to overtake the U.S. as the highest grossing country in box office sales. But while many Chinese films have proven to be “blockbusters” domestically, these films usually fail to appeal to foreign audiences. In this episode, we talk to Professor Stan Rosen about how China attempts to use film and media to promote a positive narrative of Chinese power.
U.S.-China Relations in Trump’s First Year: A Conversation with Chen Dingding
February 13, 2017
In the lead up to his January 20th inauguration, Donald Trump signaled that he would take a tough stance toward China, creating anxieties in Beijing. Although the Trump administration’s China policy is not yet clear, pledges to impose tariffs on Chinese goods and label China a currency manipulator have not been implemented yet, and President Trump now says he will honor the “one China” policy. Concerned over the possible deterioration of U.S.-China relations, Beijing has responded cautiously to Trump’s hardline rhetoric, in the hope that his administration will recognize that it needs good relations with China. In this episode, we sit down with Chen Dingding for part two of our series discussing U.S.-China relations in the first year of the Trump Administration.
Russia, China, and the Global Order: A Conversation with Olga Oliker and Jeff Mankoff
January 27, 2017
Russia and China, despite a contentious history, have been increasing strategic cooperation in ways that affect U.S. interests. In a special crossover episode between the ChinaPower podcast and Russian Roulette, we sit down with Olga Oliker and Jeff Mankoff of the Russia Program at CSIS. In this episode, we discuss Beijing’s view of its place in the world and how Moscow fits into this vision, Moscow’s priorities in its relations with China and Asia more broadly, and how this all impacts Russia’s and China’s respective relationships with the United States.
Setting up U.S.-China Ties in a New Administration: A Conversation with Evan Medeiros
January 24, 2017
Donald Trump’s efforts to build leverage over and reset the US-China relationship to America's advantage have introduced uncertainty into US-China relations. Trump’s first year in office will be critically important for setting the tone in the relationship, creating effective communication mechanisms, and establishing a personal relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping. In this episode, we welcome Dr. Evan Medeiros back to the ChinaPower Podcast, to provide us with a behind the scenes look at how US-China relations were managed during the last presidential transition and discuss the possible challenges in the US-China relationship in the first year of the Trump Administration.