Hosted by Bonnie S. Glaser, the ChinaPower Podcast dissects critical issues underpinning China’s emergence as a global power.
China’s New Foreign NGO Law: A Conversation with Sophie Richardson
January 3, 2017
China’s new Overseas Non-Governmental Organization Law took effect on January 1st and is aimed primarily at reducing the influence of foreign actors on domestic affairs. Beijing now requires foreign organizations to register with the Ministry of Public Security and have an official Chinese sponsor or host organization. These measures have prompted international concern that Beijing will use its new regulations to constrain or even expel organizations advocating for human rights, women’s issues, public health and environmental protection. In this episode, we welcome Dr. Sophie Richardson as we discuss the implications of the law for China’s development as a modern society and a country that aims to play a bigger role in global governance.
China’s Race to Space: A Conversation with Joan Johnson-Freese
December 19, 2016
Space is a tool of national power, and China’s space programs, like those of the United States and other countries, have both political and strategic objectives. One focus of China’s space program is on human spaceflight, and Chinese leaders are aiming to achieve a lunar landing in the 2030’s. China is utilizing space for communications, science, and military purposes. China’s space program is a source of pride for the Chinese people and a component of Chinese soft power. In this episode, we welcome Joan Johnson-Freese as we discuss China’s ongoing efforts and objectives of its space program.
China’s Energy Security: A Conversation with Zha Daojiong
December 8, 2016
Following decades of breakneck economic growth, China’s energy needs have expanded rapidly. China is the world’s largest consumer of energy, the largest producer and consumer of coal, and the largest emitter of carbon dioxide. In recent years, China has invested heavily in renewable energy and emerged as a global leader in hydroelectric, wind and solar energy. Despite Beijing’s effort to expand the use of non-fossil fuels, China’s energy import dependence is expected to continue for decades to come. In this episode, we welcome Professor Zha Daojiong as we discuss the risks involved with China’s foreign energy dependence and the ways in which Beijing is attempting to mitigate them.
US-China Military Ties: A Conversation with Phillip C. Saunders
November 15, 2016
Ties between the US and Chinese militaries are deepening at the same time that strategic competition between them is increasing, especially in the Asia-Pacific. The US is hoping that efforts such as the establishment of the Strategic Security Dialogue in 2012 and the inclusion of China in Rim of the Pacific naval exercises will help avoid miscalculation that could escalate to a political or even military crisis. In this episode, we welcome Phillip C. Saunders as we discuss both the progress that’s been made and the persistent challenges in US-China military relations.
China’s 6th Plenum in Review: A Conversation with Bill Bishop
November 8, 2016
The Sixth Plenum of the Communist Party of China came to a close on October 28. The major theme of this year’s plenum was intra-Party supervision—emphasizing that even Politburo Standing Committee members are not above party regulations. Perhaps the most significant news to come out of the plenum was the designation of Xi as the “core” of the leadership, a title previously granted to Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Zemin. Observers differ over whether Xi’s new title is evidence of his strength or weakness. In this episode, we welcome Bill Bishop as we discuss the 6th Plenum and look to next year’s 19th Party Congress.
Duterte’s China Visit: A Conversation with Renato Cruz De Castro
November 2, 2016
On October 21, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte concluded his first state visit to China. During his time in Beijing, Duterte and President Xi Jinping agreed to a total of 13 bilateral cooperation documents and announced plans to resume official, bilateral talks on disputes in the South China Sea. While the U.S. publicly supports the improvement in Sino-Philippine relations, remarks made by Duterte in Beijing have left Washington and its allies in East Asia concerned over the future of the U.S.-Philippine alliance. In this episode, we welcome Professor Renato Cruz De Castro as we discuss China’s relations with the Philippines and the implications for managing the South China Sea disputes and regional power dynamics.
Obama’s Legacy in US-China Relations: A Conversation with Evan Medeiros
September 29, 2016
The relationship between the United States and China is one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world. During the course of Obama's tenure, the opportunities to cooperate with China on key global challenges expanded, but at the same time, Chinese interests clashed on several issues and strategic competition increased. In this episode, ChinaPower sat down with Evan Medeiros to discuss the president’s legacy in relations with China and the evolution of the bilateral relationship that President Obama will be handing off to the next U.S. president in January 2017.
Why and How China Hacks: A Conversation with Samm Sacks
September 19, 2016
Of the persistent problems in the US-China relationship, few have caused as much friction as China’s behavior in cyberspace. Chinese hacking led to the Department of Justice indictment of 5 members of the PLA for cyber enabled economic espionage in May 2014. The US-China cyber agreement, forged during President Xi’s state visit in 2015, is the first step in what is likely going to be a bumpy road toward establishing a set of norms in cyberspace.
Recapping China’s G20: A Conversation with Matt Goodman
September 9, 2016
The G20 came to a close on September 5, marking the end of China’s first time hosting the summit. Beijing used the opportunity to promote themes of development and inclusiveness by extending invitations well beyond the circle of G20 members. In hosting the G20, China further established its role in global economic governance, as representatives from 85% of the world’s economy met in Hangzhou to address issues of trade and globalization.
Gender Inequality in China: A Conversation with Leta Hong Fincher
August 29, 2016
In this episode, we welcome award-winning journalist and author of Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China, Leta Hong Fincher, as we discuss the challenges facing women today in China. In a society with a near universal expectation of marriage and where the under-twenty population has over 30 million more men than women, women in China face tremendous pressure to marry. Despite the major contributions made by women to China’s development, women are often excluded from property ownership, subject to restrictions on their reproductive rights, and are actively discouraged from raising legal complaints when they are victims of domestic violence.