China in the World

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The Carnegie-Tsinghua China in the World podcast is a series of conversations between Director Paul Haenle and Chinese and international experts on China’s foreign policy, China’s international role, and China’s relations with the world, brought to you from the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center located in Be… read more

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Part 1: Is the US-China Relationship in Free Fall?

September 5th, 2019


The U.S.-China relationship is bad, and it’s getting worse. In part one of this two-part podcast, Paul Haenle sat down with Da Wei, assistant …

Why Can’t the U.S. and China Make a Trade Deal?

August 13th, 2019


Temporary truces followed by rapid escalations in the U.S.-China trade war continue to hamper progress toward a lasting trade deal. Policymakers in …

The Crisis Unfolding in Asia

July 17th, 2019


In this episode, Paul Haenle spoke with Evan Medeiros, former special assistant to the president and senior director for Asian affairs at the …

How Might a Democratic President Deal with China?

June 25th, 2019


Presidents Trump and Xi will meet on the sidelines of the G20 later this week following a breakdown in bilateral trade negotiations and amid growing …

Iraq, ISIS, and China’s Balancing Act in the Middle East

June 13th, 2019


Upheavals and changing political dynamics across the Middle East are threatening to destabilize the region. External powers, notably the United …

China-India Relations One Year After the Wuhan Summit

May 21st, 2019


In May 2018, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in Wuhan for an informal summit that many said helped reset the relationship …

Can China Remain Above Geopolitics in the Middle East?

April 30th, 2019


As the United States reassess its involvement in the Middle East, China is stepping up its economic engagement with the region. In this podcast, Paul …

Reassessing China: Europe Sharpens Its Approach

April 16th, 2019


In recent weeks Beijing has both won victories and suffered defeats during important summits and dialogues with France and Italy, as well as the …

Susan Thornton on a Crisis in U.S.-China Relations

April 4th, 2019


Over three years into Trump’s presidency, U.S.-China trade and economic issues remain unresolved while security concerns are creeping into the …

Xi's Visit to Europe and China as a "Systemic Rival"

March 19th, 2019


President Xi Jinping travels to Italy and France this month for his first overseas trip of 2019. His visit comes soon after the European Commission labeled China a “systemic rival” and “economic competitor.” In this …

Nuclear Issues in the Asia-Pacific: The Hanoi Summit and the INF Treaty

February 20th, 2019


The upcoming Hanoi Summit and the United States’ withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) are two important developments in …

The U.S.-China Economic Relationship: Engagement and Decoupling

January 30th, 2019


To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the China in the World podcast, Paul Haenle is interviewing five of the most influential Chinese scholars to …

New Summit, Old Issues: Trump-Kim Round 2

January 17th, 2019


Kim Jong-un’s New Year’s address and fourth visit to Beijing quickly put Pyongyang back in the spotlight in 2019. His meeting with Xi Jinping also likely foreshadowed a meeting with President Trump in the near future. …

Graham Allison on Avoiding the Thucydides Trap

December 20th, 2018


How can the United States and China peacefully manage growing bilateral competition? In this podcast, Paul Haenle spoke with Graham Allison, Douglas …

China’s Shift to a More Assertive Foreign Policy

December 7th, 2018


To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the China in the World podcast, Paul Haenle is interviewing five of the most respected Chinese international …

Devising A New Formula for Global Leadership

November 30th, 2018


To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the China in the World podcast, Paul Haenle is interviewing five of the most respected Chinese international …

Sources of Competition in U.S.-China Relations

November 21st, 2018


To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the China in the World podcast, Paul Haenle is interviewing five of the most respected Chinese international …

Managing a Fragile Transition in U.S.-China Relations

November 16th, 2018


To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the China in the World podcast, Paul Haenle is interviewing five of the most respected Chinese international …

U.S.-China Relations Following the Midterms and Ahead of the G20

November 9th, 2018


Do the U.S. midterm election results have implications for the U.S.-China relationship? In this podcast, Paul Haenle spoke with Douglas H. Paal, vice …

U.S.-China-Russia Cooperation in Mitigating Nuclear Threats

October 31st, 2018


In this episode, Tong Zhao spoke with Richard Weitz, senior fellow and director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson …

Is the U.S. Driving China and Russia Together?

October 25th, 2018


As U.S. relations with China and Russia deteriorate under the Trump administration, bilateral relations between Moscow and Beijing grow stronger. In …

A Perfect Storm in U.S.-China Relations?

October 19th, 2018


Disagreements between the U.S. and China have the potential to reshape the long-term trajectory of the bilateral relationship. In this podcast, Paul …

How Can China Address Global Concerns over its Trade and Economic Policies

October 12th, 2018


One week after Vice President Pence’s Hudson Institute speech, Paul Haenle spoke with professor Da Wei, assistant president and professor at the …

The U.S. and China as Peer Competitors in the Indo-Pacific

September 28th, 2018


The Trump administration has taken a more confrontational approach to bilateral relations with China, implementing tariffs on nearly half of all Chinese exports to the United States and treating Beijing as a strategic …

Paul Haenle and Kaiser Kuo on DPRK Diplomacy and U.S.-China Relations

September 13th, 2018


In this episode of the China in the World podcast, Paul Haenle joined Kaiser Kuo, editor-at-large of SupChina, to discuss next steps for DPRK …

China and the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review

September 3rd, 2018


The release of the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review earlier this year emphasized the growing threat of nuclear competition in the Asia-Pacific, specifically with reference to Russia, North Korea, and China. …

Technology and Innovation in an Era of U.S.-China Strategic Competition

August 9th, 2018


China has taken significant steps to implement national strategies and encourage investment aimed at surpassing the U.S. in high-tech fields like …

U.S.-China Tensions over Trade and Technology

July 19th, 2018


Trade tensions between the U.S. and China continue to escalate, accentuating disagreements on economic policy and fueling competition over emerging …

Paul Triolo on Made in China 2025

June 28th, 2018


China’s “Made in China 2025” policy to upgrade its industry plays a central role in the ongoing U.S.-China trade tensions. Paul Haenle sat down with …

Ambassador Chris Hill on the Trump-Kim Summit

June 10th, 2018


On June 12th President Donald Trump and Kim Jung-un will sit down for a historic summit at Sentosa Island in Singapore. The summit follows a year of …

Ambassador William J. Burns on a World in Transition

June 6th, 2018


Ambassador William J. Burns served for over three decades at the highest levels of the U.S. government shaping U.S. foreign policy through …

Resetting China-India Relations in Wuhan

May 23rd, 2018


Following a year marked by mounting tensions between China and India, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in Wuhan for an …

What Comes Next: The Panmunjom Summit

May 3rd, 2018


Kim Jong-un became the first North Korean leader to step foot in South Korea at the Panmunjom Summit in April 2018, setting the stage for President …

The Rise of Populism and Implications for China

April 23rd, 2018


The rise of populism in Europe and United States has had a pronounced impact on domestic politics and foreign policy, as seen in Brexit and the …

Putin’s Fourth Term

April 3rd, 2018


Vladimir Putin was elected to his fourth term as president of Russia on March 18, 2018. His continued leadership has important implications for the international community, including China. On this episode of the China …

Shifting European Perceptions of China

March 13th, 2018


The rise of China and the election of Donald Trump have had major implications for Europe’s strategic outlook. European nations increasingly need to balance both the benign opportunities and malign consequences of …

Jia Qingguo on the North Korean Nuclear Dilemma Pt. II

February 23rd, 2018


Changes in regional politics around the North Korea issue, including growing speculation about a preemptive U.S. strike on North Korea and a warming …

Jia Qingguo on the North Korean Nuclear Dilemma Pt. I

February 5th, 2018


Changes in regional politics around the North Korea issue, including growing speculation about a preemptive U.S. strike on North Korea and a warming …

The 100th Episode: Stephen Hadley on New Realities in the U.S.-China Relationship

January 18th, 2018


In 2013 on the first episode of the China in the World Podcast, Paul Haenle spoke with Stephen Hadley, former national security advisor to President …

Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on Commercial Diplomacy with China

January 8th, 2018


As the chief commercial advocate for US businesses in the policymaking process, the Commerce department plays a crucial role in the U.S.-China trade …

Jake Sullivan on U.S. Global Leadership

December 20th, 2017


Power in the world is increasingly being measured and exercised in economic terms with China and other significant countries already treating …

Breaking Down Trump’s Visit to Asia

December 1st, 2017


What is the future of geopolitics and U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific following President Donald Trump’s first official state visit to the …

The North Korean Nuclear Threat: The View From Beijing

November 17th, 2017


North Korea was atop the list of priorities for President Donald Trump during his first visit to China, but it remains to be seen how much substantive progress was made on bringing parties closer to dialogue toward the …

Yukon Huang on Why Conventional Economic Wisdom on China is Wrong

October 20th, 2017


Despite intense scrutiny and analysis surrounding China’s economy, there is still no consensus on how best to understand China’s increasingly complex …

Will China Change Its Approach to North Korea

September 27th, 2017


A fierce debate is raging in China over the best policy for dealing with North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Recent rhetoric between U.S. …

Approaching China’s “Red Line” on North Korea

September 22nd, 2017


What are Chinese “red lines” when it comes to the Korean Peninsula? What further actions by Pyongyang might lead China to fundamentally shift its …

Cyber Norms in US-China Relations

September 15th, 2017


The United States and China agreed in 2015 that neither government would support or conduct cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, and …

Yukon Huang on the U.S. Trade Deficit with China

August 23rd, 2017


A positive relationship between the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies, is crucial for promoting global growth and development. The bilateral relationship, however, has become increasingly …

An “Alternative Future” for the Korean Peninsula

July 24th, 2017


Despite widespread international condemnation of North Korea’s recent inter-continental ballistic missile test, strategic distrust and misperceptions continue to impede deeper cooperation between the United States and …

Differing Perceptions in U.S.-China Relations

June 29th, 2017


The United States and China have found areas for cooperation on global issues in recent years, including on the Paris Climate Agreement, the Iran nuclear deal, and global pandemics. Despite these successes, relations …

Are China’s New Naval Capabilities a Game Changer?

June 16th, 2017


As the post-World War II order adjusts to a rising China, America’s predominance in the Asia-Pacific faces new challenges. Over the past five years, China has substantially built up its navy and demonstrated more …

What Do Trump’s Views on Europe Mean for China?

May 24th, 2017


President Trump will travel to Europe in May for his first time since taking office to meet with EU leaders, attend a NATO meeting, and visit the organization’s headquarters in Brussels. Although he has walked back …

Evaluating Trump’s First 100 Days

May 11th, 2017


One hundred days into Donald Trump’s presidency, he has shocked the establishment and foreign governments with many foreign policy reversals, and …

India Finds Its Place in a Trump World Order

April 27th, 2017


This fall, China and India’s leaders will meet during the 9th Annual BRICS Summit in Xiamen. The meeting comes on the heels of a tense year for the two countries, as long-simmering border disputes reignited and China …

What Happened at Mar-A-Lago?

April 14th, 2017


One week before their first in-person meeting, President Trump told the Twitter world that he expected the dialogue with his Chinese counterpart Xi …

Ashley Tellis on Trump and Xi’s First Meeting

April 6th, 2017


All eyes are on Mar-a-lago this week, where Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump will meet for their first time. The summit …

Trump's First Test: Asia with Michael Green Pt. 2

March 29th, 2017


While President Trump appoints new officials to his administration and reviews policy frameworks, Asia-Pacific leaders are moving ahead. Since taking …

Trump's First Test: Asia with Michael Green Pt. 1

March 24th, 2017


While President Trump appoints new officials to his administration and reviews policy frameworks, Asia-Pacific leaders are moving ahead. Since taking …

What Would Closer U.S.-Russia Relations Mean for China?

March 9th, 2017


The Trump administration has spurred a debate in the United States on how to best manage the complex bilateral relationship with Russia. Paul Haenle …

Paul Haenle on U.S.-China Relations in the Trump Administration

February 22nd, 2017


The U.S.-China relationship is pivotal to the world order. U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized China during his campaign and since …

Quick Take: Trump Will Honor US "One China" Policy

February 10th, 2017


Dr. Evan Medeiros, former NSC Senior Director for Asian Affairs under the Obama administration, and Paul Haenle, former NSC China Director under the …

China’s North Korea Calculus under Trump

February 10th, 2017


Two weeks into President Trump’s first term, the White House has launched a review of its North Korea policy. Dealing with the threat from …

Chen Dingding on U.S.–China Relations Pt. 2

January 23rd, 2017


In the wake of Donald Trump's inauguration, uncertainty looms over the future of U.S China policy. In part two of this two-part podcast, Paul Haenle …

U.S.–China Relations Leading Up to Trump’s Inauguration Pt. 1

January 6th, 2017


As Donald Trump’s inauguration approaches, uncertainty looms over the future of U.S China policy. In part one of this two-part podcast, Paul Haenle …

China’s Growing Role in Battling Climate Change

December 19th, 2016


With the United States leadership role in the fight against climate change now being called into question, China has found itself in the unique …

U.S.-China Trade Relations in the Trump era

November 23rd, 2016


Donald Trump’s election promises to inject greater uncertainty and contention into the trade and investment relationship between the United States …

Electing Donald Trump: The View from China

November 10th, 2016


Donald Trump's election in the 2016 U.S. presidential race ushers in a period of considerable uncertainty in regard to the future of U.S. policies in …

Law of the Sea and the US Elections with John Bellinger

October 26th, 2016


The South China Sea has been a central point of tension in the U.S.-China relationship under the Obama administration. In this podcast, Paul Haenle …

Adm. Roughead: What's Next on North Korea & the South China Sea?

September 27th, 2016


Paul Haenle and Adm. Roughead discuss what the US should do to enforce the tribunal ruling on the South China Sea and why North Korea's latest …

America's Future in the Asia-Pacific Following the G20

September 12th, 2016


Carnegie-Tsinghua Director Paul Haenle speaks with Dr. Michael J. Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic …

Uncertainty in China-Europe Relations

June 28th, 2016


Carnegie-Tsinghua Director Paul Haenle speaks with Carnegie non-resident senior associate Francois Godemont about China's relations with Europe.

View from Moscow: China's Westward March

May 30th, 2016


Speaking from the 3rd annual Carnegie Global Dialogue in Beijing, China, Carnegie-Tsinghua's Paul Haenle speaks with Carnegie Moscow's Dmitri Trenin …

Douglas Paal on China

May 12th, 2016


Carnegie Endowment Vice President for Asian Studies Douglas Paal discusses the current international environment informing US foreign policy, …

China's relations with a "Strategic Europe"

April 21st, 2016


Carnegie-Tsinghua's Paul Haenle speaks with the Director of Carnegie Europe, Dr. Jan Techau, about the future of the European Union, China-EU …

Former Amb Stapleton Roy on U.S.-China Relations

March 28th, 2016


As part of Carnegie's annual Global Dialogue in Beijing, former U.S. Ambassador to China, J. Stapleton Roy, joins CTC Director Paul Haenle to speak …

China-EU Trade and Economic Relations

February 5th, 2016


A conversation with the President of the European Union's Chamber of Commerce in China, Joerg Wuttke, about EU-China trade and investment.

Is China's Belt and Road A Strategy?

January 20th, 2016


Paul Haenle speaks with Professor Xie Tao about China's Belt and Road Initiative.

The 2016 Taiwan Elections with Dr. Shelley Rigger

January 3rd, 2016


Paul Haenle talks to leading Taiwan expert Dr. Shelley Rigger about the upcoming elections in Taiwan and what the outcomes will mean for Taiwan, …

China-India Nuclear Relations

December 22nd, 2015


Nuclear balance is a pillar of security in the Indo-Pacific region. China has continued to improve its second-strike deterrent capabilities. Meanwhile, India has gained greater access to foreign nuclear materials and …

Chinese Leadership on Climate Change Ahead of Paris

November 4th, 2015


Carnegie-Tsinghua Resident Scholar Dr. Wang Tao analyzes the new announcements on climate change cooperation made during President Xi's state visit …

Xi Jinping's State Visit to the US with Evan Medeiros

September 20th, 2015


Dr. Evan Medeiros, President Obama's former senior director for Asian Affairs on the National Security Council, joins Paul Haenle to discuss the …

What's going on with China's economy? Part 2

August 19th, 2015


Carnegie Endowment Senior Associate Yukon Huang explains what was behind the yearlong surge and June 2015 crash of the Chinese stock market, and the broader disconnect between the Chinese stock market and its economic …

What caused the Chinese stock market crash? Part 1 of 3

August 3rd, 2015


Carnegie Endowment Senior Associate Yukon Huang explains what was behind the yearlong surge and June 2015 crash of the Chinese stock market, and the broader disconnect between the Chinese stock market and its economic …

How China’s Rise Affects Its Neighbors (Part 2)

July 21st, 2015


In the second half of this two-part podcast, Garver provides a historical overview of U.S. strategic objectives in the Pacific and highlights how they are shaping U.S.-China relations today. He also discusses the …

How China’s Rise Affects Its Neighbors (Part 1)

July 7th, 2015


China’s foreign policy has shifted in recent years from a low-profile approach to a more proactive one. This change is evident in China’s growing …

Petcoke and China's Efforts to Combat Air Pollution

June 23rd, 2015


Petroleum coke, or petcoke, is a byproduct of the petroleum refining process that produces more greenhouse gas emissions than coal or natural gas. …

China-Russia relations after Ukraine

May 26th, 2015


Carnegie Moscow Director Dmitri Trenin talks about warming China-Russia relations after the Ukraine crisis.

Regional Security Challenges and U.S. Nuclear Posture

May 18th, 2015


In this podcast, Tong Zhao and Matthew Kroenig discuss U.S. policy options in the event that nuclear negotiations with Iran fall through and the …

Russia's Pivot to Asia with Alex Gabuev

May 12th, 2015


Carnegie Moscow's Alexander Gabuev talks with Paul Haenle about Putin's pivot to China.


May 5th, 2015



Debunking the Myths of China's Economy Part 2

April 27th, 2015


Former World Bank China Director Yukon Huang debunks more myths about China's economy: Are China's cities really too crowded and too large? Is the US trade deficit caused by China’s trade surpluses? Why do views on …

The Nuclear Framework Agreement and China-Iran Relations

April 14th, 2015


Tong Zhao sat down with Ariane Tabatabai, an expert on Iranian nuclear affairs, to discuss the recent P5+1 framework agreement and follow-up …

Debunking the Myths of China's Economy with Yukon Huang

April 7th, 2015


Carnegie economist Yukon Huang's answers to these three questions about China's economy will surprise you:
Is China dealing with a debt crisis, or rather a property related financial deepening?
Are China’s debt problems …

Global Energy Markets and Subsidies for Renewables in China

March 30th, 2015


Wang Tao and Johannes Upperlainen discuss how renewable sources of electricity production, Chinese government subsidies for the sustainable energy sector, and low oil prices are shaping China's energy markets and …

China's Greater Role in South and Central Asia

March 23rd, 2015


Carnegie-Tsinghua's Paul Haenle talks with former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense David Sedney about China's relations with India and …

U.S. Nuclear Posture and Nonproliferation in East Asia

March 16th, 2015


In part two of this podcast, Tong Zhao and Elbridge Colby discuss possible changes to U.S. nuclear doctrine, the potential for maintaining nuclear …

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