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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. Please consider supporting me via Patreon and check out the newsletter on Substac… read more

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China + AI = Military advantage?

September 22nd, 2022

1:05:50

How advanced is China's AI ecosystem and how much of it has military applicability? For a Department of Defense perspective, former DOD …

Why won't China get vaccinated?

September 15th, 2022

1:11:12

Why aren't elderly people in China getting vaccinated? To talk all things vaccine from the early days of the PRC to Covid-19, this episode's guest is Cambridge University associate professor in global studies …

Paul Kennedy's Jonathan Spence Memories

September 8th, 2022

53:28

Prepare a nice cup of tea and put your feet up for a special episode of stories and anecdotes about the late American historian and …

AI and the Future of War

September 4th, 2022

1:00:41

AI safety is having a moment. To discuss why AI safety matters for national security, today I have on Paul Scharre (@Paul_scharre). He’s the …

Industrial Policy for Biotech?

August 28th, 2022

51:22

Does America need an industrial policy to compete in biotech?

Today I'm joined by two guests, Ryan Fedasiuk (@RyanFedasiuk) and Gigi Gronvall …

Moneyball and US State Department

August 22nd, 2022

1:40:25

Wouldn't it be nice to have a world where important policy decisions were decided based on evidence and data rather than narratives and turf …

The Science of the "Chips + Science Bill"

August 16th, 2022

1:09:29

On Aug 9th Biden signed the Chips + Science Act into law. What’s it gunna do for science?

Joining us today is 

  • Tim Clancy, founder of Arch …

CHIPS Act + The Future of Microelectronics

August 13th, 2022

1:25:36

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A few weeks back, Congress actually did something, passing the Chips and Science Act. Most of you have probably heard of the billions going …

What Happens Without Taiwan's Chips?

August 9th, 2022

20:26

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To discuss, Eric Breckenfeld of the Semiconductor Industry Association …

Bo Xilai: Ten Years On

August 1st, 2022

1:19:55

This year marks ten years since Wang Lijun's fateful flight to the US Embassy in Chengdu, a decision which set in motion a chain of events …

Elite Power Struggles in the CCP and USSR

July 22nd, 2022

1:20:55

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Joseph Torigian’s “Prestige, Manipulation and Coercion, Elite Power Struggles in The Soviet Union and …

Lessons from American Sovietology

July 15th, 2022

1:09:18

When Churchill announced in 1946 that an iron curtain had descended over Europe, the US government only employed two dozen experts on the …

How Abe Reshaped Japan (Repost)

July 8th, 2022

1:20:26

In light of Abe's assassination, I thought it would be worthwhile to reflect on the man and his legacy.

Last year I recorded an episode …

Out of the Gobi: Weijian Shan on the Cultural Revolution, economic reform and US-China ties

June 23rd, 2022

54:52

I'm off getting married/honeymooning for the next couple of weeks so in my absence please enjoy this fine ChinaTalk vintage.

How does a bookish Beijing teenager, who found himself stuck for six years planting …

How corruption works in China

June 16th, 2022

1:06:36

I'm off getting married/honeymooning for the next couple of weeks so in my absence please enjoy this fine ChinaTalk vintage.

How can China be so corrupt and yet grow so fast? What's the relationship between …

The rise and fall of a Suzhou soft serve baron

June 10th, 2022

1:02:32

I'm off getting married/honeymooning for the next couple of weeks so in my absence please enjoy this fine ChinaTalk vintage.

Mister Softee, the famed northeastern American ice cream brand, in Suzhou, China? Yes, …

Beijing to Britain: China in the UK's halls of power

June 2nd, 2022

55:56

From then-PM David Cameron knocking back pints with Xi at the local pub to the Chinese ambassador being banned from Parliament: how has …

US-China Tech Relations: A Guide for the Perplexed

May 27th, 2022

1:29:45

Where should US-China tech relations go? What should “Competitive when it should be. Collaborative when it can be. Adversarial when it must …

Xinjiang and US Imports: The UFLPA's Regulatory Revolution

May 22nd, 2022

1:03:58

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act will come into force in the US on June, 21, 2022. On this episode, John Foote, a partner and the head of the customs practice at Kelley Drye & Warren, discusses the …

China + Hollywood: are we heading for a divorce?

May 13th, 2022

1:17:54

China is now the largest market for movies globally, and there have long been whispers about exactly how this impacts Hollywood decisions …

Twilight Struggle: Cold War Lessons for US-China Today

May 7th, 2022

1:26:37

Hal Brands (@HalBrands), professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, is the author of The Twilight …

How Chinese Ink Painting Survived the CCP

May 1st, 2022

1:15:55

How did Chinese painting, arguably the elitist of arts, fare during the Cultural Revolution? To discuss ink paintings, socialist realism, …

Global Standards: What's the Deal?

April 25th, 2022

1:09:49

Standards. Who has them? From shipping containers to screws to tech gadgets, how is it that something made in China can have certain attributes identical to another product made by another company half a world …

Shanghai Lockdown + Wang Huning's Unhappy Travels in America + Classics in China

April 15th, 2022

1:06:32

In 1991, a young Chinese academic published America against America, a look at the contradictions and paradoxes he observed while traveling there. His book was largely forgotten until last year when it went …

China/Russia + Why China's Making More Nukes

April 7th, 2022

58:58

Is a nuclear arms race inevitable? China has been building up its nuclear arsenal over the past few years. While it remains significantly …

How will Beijing Respond to the War in Ukraine?

April 1st, 2022

45:05

CSIS' Bonny Lin joins to discuss how Beijing is responding to the war in Ukraine, potential future paths for Chinese policy, whether the IC …

Taiwan indie music 101, the Taipei underground and tankie rappers

March 31st, 2022

59:33

Taipei-based DJ and New Bloom editor Brian Hioe (@brianhioe) takes us on a tour of the local indie music scene and explains what some of …

Orgies, US Navy Corruption and The Fall of Fat Leonard

March 22nd, 2022

58:25

In the 2010s, US Navy officers took cash, prostitutes and more from a Malaysian defense contractor known as Fat Leonard. To tell a story that bears more than a hint of resemblance to the Jho Low 1MDB scandal, …

UkraineTalk: The View from Berlin

March 11th, 2022

34:29

Will Germany’s policy changes towards Russia have a knock-on effect on its attitude towards China? To get the view from Germany, I’m joined …

Xi-Putin Relations and the view from Riga

March 7th, 2022

30:25

Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova, Head of Riga Stradins University China Studies Centre, Head of the Asia program at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, and a member of the European Think tank …

How Eastern Europe Sees China and The War in Ukraine

March 7th, 2022

40:56

Matej Šimalčík, Executive Director of the Central European Institute of Asian Studies, joins from Bratislava to discuss:


  • The reception of …

Emergency Pod: Tooze and Klein on Nuclear War, The EU's Future, and What's Next

February 28th, 2022

1:10:41

Adam Tooze and Matt Klein return to ChinaTalk to discuss the war in Ukraine.


We get into

  • Why Adam is as scared as he's ever been
  • What caused …

Emergency Pod: The View From Prague + Future of the EU

February 27th, 2022

32:02

Ivana Karásková, China Research Fellow and a Project Coordinator at the Association for International Affairs (AMO), shares her view from …

Emergency Pod: What's Driving Putin, Sanctions, Drugs, Echoes from History, Xi, Chips

February 26th, 2022

46:12

Chris Miller of Tufts joins to discuss

  • Why Putin invaded
  • Why he humiliated his security council
  • If Putin is on drugs
  • US public opinion and …

Emergency Pod: Russia and Cyber Operations

February 26th, 2022

25:48

Justin Sherman of the Atlantic Council joins to discuss

  • Putin's history of cyber operations
  • How he sees the current state of play
  • What is …

Space Industry Literacy, NASA, and Elon versus the Taliban

February 21st, 2022

57:10

What’s the point of NASA? Will Starlink end up funding Elon’s Mars dreams? To discuss the US space ecosystem in both the private and public sector, I am joined by Casey Handmer (@CJHandmer), former NASA Jet …

Rainbow Farts: Chinese Internet Slang You Need to Know

February 13th, 2022

40:33

Do you know your breaking porcelain from your eating human-blood-soaked steam buns? Slow Chinese author Andrew Methven (@AndrewMethven) joins me to talk about some of the newest and most interesting Chinese …

China's Wolf Warrior Diplomacy, Part 2

February 4th, 2022

1:00:17

Author of China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy Peter Martin (@PeterMartin_PCM) and Schwarzman scholar Jason Zhou …

China's Wolf Warrior Diplomacy, Part 1

January 26th, 2022

55:22

Why has China and its foreign ministry struggled to communicate with the world? In his book, China’s Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf …

Imperial Japan + Export Controls = Pearl Harbor!?

January 9th, 2022

52:34

What can US-China relations learn from US-Japan relations in the leadup to WWII? To discuss, I’m joined by Stony Brook University’s Michael Barnhart, author of the 1987 Japan Prepares for Total War: The Search …

Year in Review + Future Plans for ChinaTalk

January 2nd, 2022

37:09

See here for the Year in Review in text form with lots of links: https://chinatalk.substack.com/p/2021-year-in-review-future-plans


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Sci-fi Mecha Wu Zetian, YouTube on China and C-drama Fails

December 23rd, 2021

32:22

NYT bestselling YA author Xiran Jay Zhao (@XiranJayZhao) joins me to talk about her new book, Iron Widow, a Pacific Rim meets Handmaiden's tale sci-fi retelling of the story of Wu Zetian. Co-hosting is …

US-China Science Relations and the PhDs Caught in the Middle

December 13th, 2021

1:03:25

What's it like to live across the US-China scientific divide? Yale Law School postdoc, particle physicist and essayist Yangyang Cheng …

CSET: How to Break the Think Tank Mold

December 3rd, 2021

50:26

Dewey Murdick, director of CSET, discusses how the organization has brought a new level of rigor to hot topics ranging from chips to …

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

November 24th, 2021

33:24

Can eating your sons be morally justified? Stratagems of the Warring States is a collection of stories compiled during the Han dynasty about …

6th Plenum: Open Source CCP

November 16th, 2021

52:47

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 …

Selling China's Story

November 7th, 2021

34:51

Winner of the inaugural Rhodium and China Talk essay contest, recent college grad Maggie Baughman discusses her essay on how the Chinese …

Red Roulette: It Sucks to be a Chinese Billionaire

October 26th, 2021

46:31

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 …

Why Does China Have Blackouts?

October 17th, 2021

42:19

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 …

Science & Technology for National Security

October 12th, 2021

1:13:12

Lisa Porter joins me with Eric Lofgren from AcquisitionTalk as cohost to reflect on how R&D works and doesn't work `in the Pentagon.


Lisa served as was deputy director of Under Secretary of Defense for …

China's Space Plans for the 2020s

October 3rd, 2021

46:53

Hosts of the Dongfang Hour (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3UXwB0UbUIg4z4vssUHPBw), a podcast focusing on the Chinese aerospace industry, Blain Curcio and Jean Deville join me in another ChinaTalk space …

What Evergrande Means for China

September 24th, 2021

31:35

Logan Wright of the Rhodium Group returns to the pod to discuss Evergrande's implosion, how we got here, and what this week means for China's economy.


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Mao and the Monkey King

September 22nd, 2021

39:32

Julia Lovell, author of Maoism: A Global History and The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China, discusses translating Journey to …

Russia's Pivot to Asia From Czars to Putin

September 14th, 2021

1:08:17

How did Russian imperial ambitions and expansionism eastward change over time?


Joining me on this episode is Chris Miller, author of We Shall Be Masters: Russian Pivots to East Asia from Peter the Great to Putin

Tech Crackdown, Common Prosperity, and The Dao of ChinaTalk

September 8th, 2021

44:48

I was a guest on the Compounding Curiosity podcast, a new show founded by a ChinaTalk fan that focuses on ASEAN, and we had a halfway decent …

Tooze and Klein on China's Economic History and Future

September 3rd, 2021

1:22:22

How much credit can the CCP claim post-1949 for the higher level of human development relative to the level of visible capital in China? To discuss, historian Adam Tooze and Matt Klein of the Overshoot come for …

SpaceX, Elon and their Chinese Imitators

August 25th, 2021

40:52

How did SpaceX revolutionize the global space industry? To discuss SpaceX's origin story and secret sauce, guest Eric Berger, author of

BadChinaTake on China Twitter

August 16th, 2021

42:02

@BadChinaTake, an anonymous twitter account that combined vicious takedowns of, well, bad china takes with a blog

Hot Space Summer: China's Commercial Space Boom

August 8th, 2021

32:38

In 2019, Thomas Colvin, Irina Liu and Shirley Han at the Science and Technology Policy Institute (

Tough Tech, Roombas, Valleys of Death, and Woolly Mammoths

July 20th, 2021

42:35

How do Roombas illustrate the promise and peril of translational research? Which valley of death is really the worst valley of death? And …

Labs over Fabs: Why the US and EU Should Invest in the Future of Semiconductors

July 15th, 2021

46:36

Chris Miller of Tufts and I discuss our report Labs over Fabs, our case for the US to be spending money more broadly than currently conceived by the CHIPS act. (

Xi: Failed Reformer?

July 10th, 2021

47:18

Why does Xi govern like he's running out of time? Rhodium's Dan Rosen and CSIS' Jude Blanchette discuss their recent Foreign Affairs pieces …

China's Solar Industry

July 7th, 2021

51:34

How did Chinese firms come to dominate the global solar industry? Now that the Biden administration has banned imports for some key …

Larry Summers on China

July 1st, 2021

40:55

Is China different? Does secular stagnation apply?  How have Chinese economic policymakers changed over time? Should industrial policy be a …

After Xi: How Past CCP Successions Can Teach Us What Happens Next

June 27th, 2021

1:01:52

Xi Jinping will not rule China forever. What have CCP leadership transitions looked like in the past, and what can we expect when Xi exits …

China's Cyber Strengths + How to Analyze Policy

June 19th, 2021

52:16

Dave Aitel, who started his career at NSA and spent the past twenty years in offensive cybersecurity,  comes on ChinaTalk to discuss

  • What …

DARPA and How to R&D Right

June 9th, 2021

41:25

Ben Reinhardt, an independent researcher and robotics PhD, discusses

  • Why DARPA has so many hits to its name
  • Why NASA wasted the past two …

In-Q-Tel on Chips, CFIUS, and The Valley of Death

June 4th, 2021

56:37

Dr. Yan Zheng, senior technical staff specializing in microelectronics at In-Q-Tel, discusses

  • What it's like to invest in startups for the …

How to Solve America's R&D Bottlenecks

May 29th, 2021

53:11

Bell Labs is dead, long live Bell Labs! This week's guest, Ilan Gur, the CEO of Activate.org, has a plan to improve America's R&D apparatus: fund start-ups that allow entrepreneurial researchers to pursue …

Emergency Pod! Endless Frontier Act Butchered!

May 21st, 2021

18:23

The Endless Frontier Act, the most important piece of legislation no one's heard of, got blown to bits in committee this week. Sam Hammond of the Niskanen Center joins to discuss. 

My recent coverage in the …

How Beijing Sees Korea

May 19th, 2021

42:37

Why hasn’t North Korea emulated Deng’s Opening & Reform? Are China’s wealthy, educated, urbane youth liberals? Could the PLA cooperate …

600 Years Of Sino-Korean Relations

May 16th, 2021

51:15

Odd Arne Westad joins ChinaTalk to discuss his latest book Empire and Righteous Nation: 600 Years of China-Korea Relations. Westad’s work is a diplomat’s handbook that connects the sweeping currents of history …

Industrial Policy: How the Green New Deal's Architects Would Do IP

May 14th, 2021

1:27:31

For Part Three of ChinaTalk's industrial policy series, we are joined by two leading lights of the American left: Saikat Chakrabarti, AOC's …

Elon Musk, TSMC, Open Source, Endless Frontier and Zhang Yiming

May 11th, 2021

51:01

Kevin Xu of the fantastic Interconnected newsletter, and formerly of Commerce and the Obama White House, ran through a grab bag of some of …

China's Anti-Monopoly Moment

May 1st, 2021

47:38

Fascinated (or stunned) by China’s recent anti-monopoly moves against tech giants Ant and Meituan? Want to get inside the head of Chinese …

China's Booming Podcast Ecosystem

April 27th, 2021

39:40

Enzo Chen, author of the Substack 推播助栏The Podcast Pick, and Caiwei Chen, the host of 定向跳转 The Redirect Podcast and the superb newsletter Chaoyang Trap, discuss all things podcasting in China and Taiwan. We get …

Why Are Chinese TV Dramas So Bad?

April 20th, 2021

42:11

What as the rise of streaming, idols, and increased censorship done to Chinese TV?  

Co-hosting is Ina Yang, one of the founders of the …

How Huarong Explains China's Creaky Financial System

April 17th, 2021

1:15:44

What is Huarong and why do its struggles explain the central contradictions of China's financial system?

To discuss, Logan Wright of Rhodium joins the show. In the first ten minutes, Logan catches us up on the …

Bo Xilai and How Xi Learned from the Chongqing Model

April 14th, 2021

1:01:46

What was the Chongqing Model and why does it still matter?

Yueran Zhang, a PhD student in sociology at the University of California, …

Japan's China Challenge

April 4th, 2021

48:54

To discuss, ChinaTalk assembled two of my favorite Japanese think-tankers, Yuka Koshino, a Research Fellow at the UK think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and Akira Igata, the …

US-China Ideological Competition

March 30th, 2021

1:28:46

Are the US and China in ideological competition? How does one go about answering that question? Dan Tobin of the US Intelligence Community's …

China's Chip Dreams

March 27th, 2021

1:01:12

John Verwey of the Substack “Semi-Literate" (and formerly of Commerce’s BIS, USITC, and USTR) talks the history and future of China's chip industry. We get into government guidance funds, the CHIPS Act, “Fabs …

Michèle Flournoy on "Affecting the Strategic Calculus"

March 24th, 2021

42:47

Michèle Flournoy joined AcquisitionTalk's Eric Lofgren and me for another crossover episode of China-AcquisitionTalk. Flournoy is a former …

Te-Ping Chen's Short Stories of Modern China

March 20th, 2021

34:37
In her years as a Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent in Hong Kong and Beijing, Te-Ping Chen came across a lifetime of remarkable characters and events. Most of these didn’t make her newspaper articles, …

Rhodium's Dan Rosen on Hiring Me, 30 Years of China-Watching, Decoupling, and Debt

March 16th, 2021

42:08

Dan Rosen is the founding partner of the Rhodium Group and leads the China team. He is also my boss!

We talk about our plans for China tech coverage, lessons from thirty years of China-watching, how he thinks …

To The Quad! The Origins of "Indo-Pacific"

March 13th, 2021

53:56

Rory Medcalf, head of the National Security College at Australia National University discusses his new book 'Indo-Pacific Empire.'

We talk …

Adam Tooze and Matt Klein Return!

March 11th, 2021

55:44

Adam Tooze (now on Substack!) and Matt Klein, author of Trade Wars Are Class Wars, return to ChinaTalk and pick up right where they left off in September

We discuss whether Ricardo’s theories of comparative …

Clubhouse and Feminism in China with Shen Lu

March 4th, 2021

31:16

Shen Lu of Protocol discusses the magical world of Mandarin language Clubhouse before diving into the feminist movement in China. We cover …

故事FM (China's "This American Life") Founder Talks Storytelling in Modern China

February 27th, 2021

37:07

Aizhe, 故事FM's founder, runs the leading Chinese language podcast. His show gives a platform for everyday Chinese to tell their stories. We talked about his show and the state of journalism in modern China. …

Beyond Espionage: China's Quest for Foreign Technology

February 25th, 2021

55:03

Four contributors to the recent book China's Quest for Foreign Technology: Beyond Espionage discuss China’s foreign technology acquisition. …

Rethinking Industrial Policy...and Everything Else

February 17th, 2021

1:17:57

I have a newsletter! If you listen to this podcast I can say with high confidence you'll enjoy it! Do subscribe at https://chinatalk.substack.com/.

Jose Luis Ricón Fernández de la Puente, an independent …

Chinese Cooking Demystified

February 11th, 2021

45:57

Chinese Cooking Demystified is my favorite English language Youtube cooking channel. I chat with creators Chris and Steph about how they create their recipes, who watches their videos, whether Chinese food is …

Richard Fontaine on CNAS and US-China

February 8th, 2021

1:29:28

Richard Fontaine, CEO of CNAS, discusses what it's like to run what very well may be the hottest think tank in the Asia policy game (full …

Taiwan! Pigs, Politics, and Pop Music

January 29th, 2021

59:20

Maggie Lewis (Seton Hall) and Lev Nachman (UC Irvine) talk Biden's Taiwan policy, pork trade politics, the future of the KMT, third parties, …

A User's Guide to US Industrial Policy

January 22nd, 2021

1:03:08

I have a newsletter! If you listen to this podcast I can say with high confidence you'll enjoy it! Do subscribe at https://chinatalk.substack.com/

Rob Atkinson is the president of ITIF, the Information …

WWII's Legacy in China with Rana Mitter

January 17th, 2021

1:04:38

Rana Mitter, professor of Chinese history at Oxford University, discusses his book from earlier this year, China’s Good War: How World War II Is Shaping a New Nationalism.

Now seventy-five years after China’s …

China's Spies

January 7th, 2021

1:01:35

Matt Brazil discusses his new book co-written with Peter Mattis, 'Chinese Communist Espionage, An Intelligence Primer.'  We talk about the …

Great Power Competition with Richard Danzig

January 2nd, 2021

58:24

On the second joint episode of Acquisition Talk and ChinaTalk, Richard Danzig, a Secretary of the Navy under Clinton, discusses US-China relations and military innovation. Richard is a Senior Fellow at Johns …

DIU's Michael Brown on US-China Tech Competition

January 2nd, 2021

48:11

Kicking off a series on US-China defense-related issues with Eric Lofgren of the podcast AcquisitionTalk, we host Defense Innovation Unit …

KFC, The Toilet Revolution, and the Business of Propaganda

December 26th, 2020

1:07:11

Why is KFC so big in China? What is the “Toilet Revolution” and why does it matter? How does Chinese propaganda work? How have bicycles’ …

Chinese Hip Hop in 2020 Radio Show

December 22nd, 2020

37:09

Duoduodiliao walks us through his favorite Chinese rap songs of 2020, taking us everywhere from soul rap and R&B to drill and …

America's New Tools of Coercion

December 17th, 2020

1:03:37

Peter Harrell and Liz Rosenberg, both CNAS fellows, joined ChinaTalk in May to talk about their report authored with Ashley Fung, 'A New Arsenal for Competition: Coercive Economic Measures in the U.S.-China …

Wendy Cutler on US-China Trade Policy

December 13th, 2020

43:40

Wendy Culter, who served 28 years in the Office of the US Trade Representative, discusses how Biden should address Beijing on trade. We talk …

Blockchain Chicken Farm: How Tech Changed Rural China

December 8th, 2020

55:28

Xiaowei Wang discusses her new book. She explores Taobao villages where Snow White Halloween costumes get made, how one police station is …

How to Research China, Talent Programs, and Military-Civil Fusion

December 5th, 2020

51:58

Emily Weinstein of CSET talks open source China research. We also sort truth from fact and fiction on Chinese talent programs and MCF.

Buy an air filter at https://smartairfilters.com/ and use the code …

The Blunder Down Under? How China-Australia Relations Fell Off a Cliff

December 2nd, 2020

56:03

Yun Jiang walks step by step through the past three years of deteriorating Australia-China relations. 

I haven't sold an ad this calendar …

Incoming NSA Jake Sullivan on an Alternative Vision for US-China Relations

November 24th, 2020

53:45
President-Elect Joe Biden just tapped Jake Sullivan to serve as his first National Security Advisor, the most important foreign policy role …

HR McMaster on His Time as NSA, China, and History's Role in Policymaking

November 22nd, 2020

52:07

HR McMaster was Trump's National Security Advisor and, it seems, a ChinaTalk superfan. We talk about his time in government, what the US missed about China and what to do about it, and which Seinfeld character …

Biden's Foreign Policy

November 16th, 2020

43:48

What will a Biden administration foreign policy look like? What’s going to happen on tech and trade? How will debates within the democratic …

Is a Chinese Financial Crisis Looming?

November 12th, 2020

57:23

The Chinese economy is perhaps the world's only economic bright spot. So that means we can stop worrying about a financial crisis, right?

Think again, according to Lauren Gloudeman and Logan Wright of the …

Trains!

November 8th, 2020

42:13

David Feng talks Chinese trains and subways. We get into the history and evolution of China's trains, the impact of industrial policy, and …

Swing State Appreciation Hip Hop Minimix

November 8th, 2020

17:59

A thank you to everyone out there who helped make yesterday possible.

"With full hearts and steady hands, with faith in America and in each …

What To Do About Xinjiang

October 28th, 2020

44:46

How should the US respond to the human rights crisis in Xinjiang? I was a guest on the Lawfare podcast this week, discussing my recent essay

Why Xi Is All In On Climate Change

October 27th, 2020

28:47

Xi wants China to reach peak emissions by 2030 and go carbon neutral by 2060. Why now? Can he do it? Lauri Myllyvirta comes on to discuss. 

RSVP for live Xinjiang discussion at 2:30pm est here. See here for my

What Does US-China Corruption Really Look Like? Also, iFlyTek

October 22nd, 2020

21:24

Refer your friends ChinaTalk! If you get 10 people to sign up using your referral link, you'll get a free ChinaTalk mug!

Mara Hvistendahl is a staff writer at The Intercept. In this bitesize edition of …

China and the NBA

October 16th, 2020

48:53

Why, aside from Yao, have Chinese players had no success in the NBA? Post-NBA, what has Yao done to reform and professionalize the Chinese Basketball Association? One year on, how does the NBA's response to …

China's True Tech Ambitions

October 8th, 2020

57:08

How does the Chinese government's S&T spending differ fundamentally from America's and what does that tell us about the nature of their …

Liberalism: The Light That Failed

October 2nd, 2020

1:15:42

In his memoir The World as It Is, Ben Rhodes, Barack Obama’s closest national security aide, confides that, on the day Obama left the White House, the worry that haunted him most was: ‘What if we were wrong?’ …

TikTok, WeChat and Trump

September 29th, 2020

45:40

It's been a wild few weeks with President Trump threatening to shut WeChat and TikTok out of the U.S. market and rip them out of the app stores. There have been lawsuits, a preliminary injunction—and a sudden …

War in Taiwan

September 25th, 2020

38:26

Why would Xi invade and is the Taiwanese military up to the challenge? Paul Huang, freelance journalist, Fletcher School grad and fellow at …

Adam Tooze on World Order, Then and Now

September 18th, 2020

1:17:36

Adam Tooze is my favorite economic historian. After writing a handful of books on the 1920s and Nazi economics, he's now turned his eye to …

The Mulan Debacle

September 11th, 2020

34:11

Turning a beloved movie of female empowerment into a dull endorsement of the patriarchy, autocracy and mass forced labor is no easy feat, …

Rise and Fall of a Suzhou Soft Serve Baron

September 2nd, 2020

1:07:33

(fan favorite repeat broadcast from back in the 'ChinaEconTalk' era)

Mister Softee, the famed northeastern American ice cream brand, in Suzhou, China? Yes, that was a thing. Turner Sparks, rising from humble …

Land Wars: China's Agrarian Revolution

August 26th, 2020

1:06:53

In 1927, Mao wrote that "In a very short time...several hundred million peasants will rise like a mighty storm, like a hurricane, a force …

Scholarstage on Xi, War in Taiwan, the CCP Toolkit, and the Chinese Tradition

August 18th, 2020

1:15:20

Tanner Greer of the blog Scholarstage joins the show in a wide-ranging discussion touching on Xi's ideology, incentives in western …

What China Wants

August 10th, 2020

43:57

How do you even go about answering that question? Is there a consensus in Washington on how to confront China and does that consensus make any sense? Ali Wyne and Jessica Chen Weiss come on to discuss. 

Superpower Showdown: Tale of a Trade War

July 31st, 2020

1:01:20

Lingling Wei and Bob Davis of the WSJ discuss their new book Superpower Showdown. We dive deep into the personal dynamics within the Xi and Trump administrations as well as what the twists and turns over the …

TikTok, Tesla, Kanye and Open Source

July 24th, 2020

12:22

Should the US ban TikTok? What role does open source play in the tech ecosystem and the Chinese government's plans for self-reliance? Why …

How Sanctions Fail US Policymakers

July 17th, 2020

36:20

Eddie Fishman, who worked in Obama's State Department's Policy Planning Staff, joins to discuss his recent articles on sanctions and the …

How Corruption Works in China

July 10th, 2020

1:05:24

How can China be so corrupt and yet grow so fast? What's the relationship between corruption and competent governance? How does 'access money' at the higher levels differ from the 'profit-sharing' you see lower …

The H1B Ban and National Security

June 27th, 2020

45:09

This week Trump banned valid H1B holders from entering the country. What are the broader implications for America's technological ecosystem …

China-India Clashes: What Happens Next?

June 24th, 2020

43:39

On June 15th, dozens of soldiers died in clashes on the China-India border. What exactly happened up in the Himalayas? What's the historical …

Hong Kong's Protests One Year On

June 17th, 2020

1:19:05

This week’s ChinaTalk featured Antony Dapiran going deep with me on the origin, meaning, and legacy of the 2019 Hong Kong protests. We drew parallels and contrasts throughout between HK and Black Lives Matter.

Evan Osnos on Tiananmen, Protests in America and Political Leadership

June 8th, 2020

44:45

Evan Osnos is a correspondent for the New Yorker. We discussed his pieces on the protests in DC and coverage of US-China

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GM Corn Smuggled in Popcorn Bags: An Industrial Espionage Parable

May 28th, 2020

48:36

What do you get when you take a Chinese national, a rental car, rural Iowa, and a $52 billion seed business hanging in the balance? Said one review, "not since Alfred Hitchcock's in North by Northwest has a …

AI Basic Research in China and the US

May 22nd, 2020

30:06

Who's spending big? Does it matter? Zach Arnold and Ashwin Acharya join the show to discuss their reports on Chinese public sector AI …

Health QR Codes and the rise of a 'Digital Leviathan'

May 15th, 2020

42:12

Dan Grover joins the show to discuss his recent piece on how Chinese tech firms have handled coronavirus, I read from a recent ChinaTalk newsletter on how some mainland commentators fear that QR Health Codes …

Coronastories 3: Nanjing, Nepal, and Singapore

May 6th, 2020

49:57

The legendary Yangyang Cheng discusses how Coronavirus played out in cross-continent conversations with her mother. We'll also hear from Asmod in Nepal and Lambert in Singapore.

In case you haven't heard, I …

Forging an Innovation Base Alliance

April 30th, 2020

40:05

America has allies with solid tech. But can the US leverage these relationships to help preserve its technological edge over China? In this …

Coronastories 2: Philippines, Russia, Taiwan

April 23rd, 2020

47:54

We're continuing our Coronastories series this week with personal reflections and analysis from friends of ChinaTalk on the current situations in the Philippines, Russia, and Taiwan. 

Oh and by the way I have a

Coronastories: Dispatches from Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong

April 16th, 2020

37:23

This week I'm trying something different. I've been interviewing my friends across China about their Coronavirus experiences, 故事FM style. We start off with Dev from Shanghai who lived through the entire …

Domestic Coronavirus Propaganda and China-Australia Relations

April 9th, 2020

42:04

Adam Ni and Yun Jiang are two former Australian government officials who together write Neican(内参), a fantastic new newsletter on Chinese …

How the Party Takes its Propaganda Global

April 3rd, 2020

54:30

What are the CCP's international propaganda goals? How is it faring in the battle to define COVID-19's winners and losers? Matt Schrader of the German Marshall Fund's Alliance for Securing Democracy brings the …

Sinocism's Bill Bishop on the Politics of Coronavirus

March 25th, 2020

43:09

Bill Bishop, author of the Sinocism newsletter, comes on the show to discuss the new low in US-China relations. We start off talking about what China's response to coronavirus has taught us about the CCP and …

How Chinese Governance Fundamentals Impact Health Care and National Security

March 13th, 2020

1:27:57

How has the distinct nature of local-central relations in the Chinese system impacted its response to coronavirus? To discuss, we have on …

Outraged by the outbreak: Citizen journalism and coronavirus censorship

February 5th, 2020

32:06

Tony Lin is a producer at Quartz for the web series Because China and an avid observer of Chinese online communities, such as Weibo. After the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, Tony noticed commentary …

Tesla’s future in China, technology tensions, and the trade war on ‘pause’

January 31st, 2020

57:41

Gordon Orr is a senior adviser at McKinsey & Company and a non-executive board member at both Lenovo and Meituan-Dianping. In this …

Out of the Gobi: Weijian Shan on the Cultural Revolution, economic reform, and U.S.-China ties

January 15th, 2020

53:21

How does a bookish Beijing teenager, who found himself stuck for six years planting potatoes in the Gobi Desert, grow up to study with former chair of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen, teach at Wharton, and now …

The changing nature of U.S.-China tech competition

January 9th, 2020

40:35

Adam Segal, director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), joins Jordan to talk about …

Online discourse and censorship in China

December 11th, 2019

38:26

Jane Li, a Chongqing native and a technology reporter for Quartz, talks through some of the differences between Twitter and its Chinese …

A walk down Chang’an Avenue, with Jonathan Chatwin

November 27th, 2019

1:09:09

Can one street tell China’s story? Jonathan Chatwin, author of Long Peace Street: A Walk in Modern China, takes listeners on a tour of Chang’an Avenue, a major artery for traffic in central Beijing, which was …

China tech policy and competition, with Paul Triolo

November 20th, 2019

58:05

Paul Triolo, practice head of geotechnology at the Eurasia Group, sat down with Jordan to address some of the questions at the center of the …

Reinterpreting Beijing and its history

November 13th, 2019

49:23

Jeremiah Jenne, history teacher, writer, and the man behind Beijing by Foot, is in the guest seat this week. He speaks with Jordan about the changes — both tangible and intangible — that Beijing has undergone …

Chasing the dragon: Fentanyl, China, and the opioid crisis

October 23rd, 2019

52:04

Puzzled by rising drug deaths at raves in the United States, author and investigative journalist Ben Westhoff set out to find answers. A …

Hashing out China tech with Lulu Chen

October 16th, 2019

41:25

Bloomberg technology reporter Lulu Chen gives the scoop on the tech world in China: what’s to come for Alibaba under newly minted CEO Daniel …

An Alternative Vision of U.S.-China Relations with Jake Sullivan

October 9th, 2019

51:28

Jake Sullivan served in the Obama administration as National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden and Director of Policy Planning at …

U.S. Foreign Policy in Asia

October 2nd, 2019

52:37

Mira Rapp-Hooper, senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, provides an overview of the history of U.S. foreign policy from …

ChinaEconTalk, Live from Washington, D.C.

September 25th, 2019

52:49
ChinaEconTalk is live from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., with Martijn Rasser, a senior fellow in the …

Tarriffs, taxes, and trade: Doug Irwin on ChinaEconTalk

September 12th, 2019

1:09:11

Douglas Irwin is the John French Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College and the author of Clashing Over Commerce: A History of US Trade …

How China Can Take Over Tech

September 4th, 2019

56:01

Douglas Fuller is an associate professor in the Department of Asian and International Studies at the City University of Hong Kong and the …

Tech triangles and AI ethics: Danit Gal on Chinese AI

August 28th, 2019

52:01

Danit Gal is a former Yenching Scholar and coauthor of a recent paper, “Perspectives and Approaches to AI Ethics: East Asia.” On this …

The View from Chengdu: Freelance Reporting Outside First-Tier Cities

August 21st, 2019

44:04

On this episode of ChinaEconTalk, Jordan interviews Lauren Teixeira, a freelance reporter based in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. After what has been a jam-packed few months of China news, Lauren discusses a wide …

Reform and Opening with Soviet Characteristics: Russian Perspectives on China’s Rise

August 15th, 2019

1:04:06

This week on ChinaEconTalk, Jordan interviews Chris Miller, associate professor of international history at Tufts University and a …

East Asian AI: Researching Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Tech in Canada

August 9th, 2019

38:18
This week on ChinaEconTalk, Jordan speaks with Dongwoo Kim, a postgraduate research fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada who specializes in AI. Dongwoo discusses his research on the progress of AI …

The Party in Cyberspace: China’s Digital Ecosystem

July 31st, 2019

53:36
This week, Jordan speaks with Graham Webster, a China digital economy fellow and coordinating editor of the DigiChina project at New …

Little Red Book, Big Red Ideas: Part 2 of A Global History of Maoism

July 23rd, 2019

1:05:59
This week, in part 2 of a special two-part edition of ChinaEconTalk, Jordan interviews Professor Julia Lovell, author of the recently …

Little Red Book, Big Red Ideas: Part 1 of A Global History of Maoism

July 17th, 2019

1:01:26
This week, in part 1 of a special two-part edition of ChinaEconTalk, Jordan interviews Professor Julia Lovell, author of the recently …

Learning to listen: China's billion-dollar podcast industry

July 10th, 2019

50:00
While it may be a pipe dream for ChinaEconTalk to ever merit a billion-dollar price tag, in China, podcast “unicorns” are everywhere. …

Of cell phones and seed prices: The Chinese legal system in theory and practice

June 21st, 2019

57:18
This week on ChinaEconTalk, Jordan speaks with Donald Clarke, a specialist in Chinese law and the David Weaver Research Professor at George …

The Future of U.S.-China Relations: Is ‘Collective Pressure' the Answer?

June 14th, 2019

53:20
This week, in the second installment of the series “The Future of U.S.-China Relations” on ChinaEconTalk, Jordan speaks with Professor Hal …

From Beijing to Cairo: Peter Hessler on What Makes a Real Revolution

June 7th, 2019

1:18:36
This week on ChinaEconTalk, Jordan speaks with veteran journalist Peter Hessler. Peter spent seven years in China as a correspondent for The …

How Local Bureaucrats Helped Create Chinese Tech Giants

May 30th, 2019

1:05:23
Why did Shenzhen, a backwater fishing village, spawn the likes of industry leaders ZTE, Huawei, and Lenovo, while Suzhou, which previously scored massive investments from top “dragon head” foreign firms like …

The Future of U.S.-China Economic Relations: The Case for Change

May 22nd, 2019

55:04
This week, ChinaEconTalk launches its “Future of U.S.-China Economic Relations” miniseries with an interview featuring Melanie Hart, a …

Harnessing the Educational Power of AI

May 17th, 2019

28:10
Over 100 million Chinese adults have used the Liulishuo (流利说 liúlì shuō) app to learn English through AI-powered tutoring. This week on …

Huawei May, But How?: China's Role in Global IT Infrastructure

May 8th, 2019

47:02
Is Huawei unfairly maligned or rightly feared? Are the tech supply chains running through China a marvel of 21st-century globalization, or dangerous oversight on the part of U.S. tech firms and the federal …

Aerial Acrobatics: China's Aviation Industry

May 1st, 2019

55:42
This week on ChinaEconTalk, host Jordan Schneider discusses China’s aviation industry with Neil Thomas, Research Associate at the Paulson …

Red Guards to Red Entrepreneurs: How Mao Era Thought Seeps Into Modern Chinese Business

April 24th, 2019

41:40
In this episode of ChinaEconTalk, host Jordan Schneider interviews Professor Christopher Marquis, professor at Cornell’s SC Johnson College …

ChinaEconTalk Crossover Episode: China Tech Investor Podcast

April 18th, 2019

59:46
This week’s episode is a crossover with the China Tech Investor podcast. Join Jordan in conversation with China Tech Investor co-hosts James …

China's exploited tech workers fight back

April 10th, 2019

54:54
This episode of ChinaEconTalk features a discussion with two of the people behind recent, high-profile efforts to mobilize Chinese programmers against labor exploitation via GitHub, the world’s leading software …

Building – and Selling – the Great Firewall

March 20th, 2019

46:39
This week on ChinaEconTalk, host Jordan Schneider speaks with James Griffiths, senior producer for CNN International, to discuss his new …

One hour, Two Sessions

March 14th, 2019

51:42
One hour, Two Sessions China’s Two Sessions, the national annual gathering of the leadership of the People’s Republic of China, will soon be coming to a close. This week on ChinaEconTalk, Jordan sat down with …

ChinaEconTalk with special guest Russ Roberts

March 6th, 2019

54:53
This week's guest is Russ Roberts. He's a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution and the host of the EconTalk podcast, a weekly interview-based show that’s vaguely about economics but that has, over …

Rubber ducks and semiconductors: Navigating China’s legal system

February 27th, 2019

1:00:00
“The champagne days are over,” writes Dan Harris, reflecting on how the tone of his China Law Blog has evolved since its creation in 2006. …

Diplomatic bookkeeping with Ryan Hass

February 20th, 2019

34:50
This week’s guest on ChinaEconTalk is Ryan Hass, a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy program, who is …

China’s foothold in India’s tech ecosystem

February 15th, 2019

35:52
Today, nearly half of the top 100 apps in India's Google Play store are made by Chinese companies. After past failures to enter the Indian tech market, what's driving China tech's sudden success on the …

The Obama era of U.S.-China economic relations

February 6th, 2019

32:14
How did the U.S.-China economic relationship evolve during the Obama administration? Are the economic tensions we see today between the two …

A ‘Qianlong’ look back at China’s economic history

January 30th, 2019

45:56
How does autocratic repression impact societies? Can the legacy of political repression ripple out across centuries, creating a vicious …

Changing tides in 2019, with Gordon Orr

January 23rd, 2019

49:54
“The U.S.-China equilibrium of the past 20 years has gone,” declares Gordon Orr in his recent piece on what to expect in China in 2019. So what will replace it? What impact will the increasingly activist …

The world’s largest video game industry

January 16th, 2019

48:51
China’s video game market is the world’s largest. Over 600 million people play video games in China, and collectively, they spend over $40 …

The rise and fall of a Suzhou soft-serve baron

January 9th, 2019

1:07:00
Mister Softee, the famed northeastern American ice cream brand, in Suzhou, China? Yes, that was a thing. Turner Sparks, rising from humble beginnings as just another English teacher making his way in the world, …

Chinese Policymaking Made Easy with Trivium China

January 3rd, 2019

43:20
Chinese politics is boring and confusing. Or is it? This week Jordan speaks with Andrew Polk and Trey McArver, economics and politics …

The Chinese Financial Crisis That Never Came, with Logan Wright

December 13th, 2018

1:05:18
Foreign investors have lost billions expecting a Chinese financial crisis that hasn't come yet. So what gives? According to the Rhodium Group's Logan Wright, it's not China's domestic savings rate or …

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan on George Marshall’s China Mission

December 5th, 2018

56:44
Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, the executive editor of Foreign Affairs, is the author of the recent book The China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War, 1945–1947. George Marshall, World War II hero and creator of …

China's Domestic Sports Market With Mark Dreyer

November 20th, 2018

46:17
China's government aims to create a $500 billion sports industry by 2020. But how are those ambitions playing out on the ground in the Chinese basketball and soccer leagues? There's more to sports in China than …

How Chinese Firms Succeed and Fail at Internationalizing (Featuring Bytedance)

November 13th, 2018

1:03:54
What is Bytedance and how does it make its money? How do politics and culture get in the way of Chinese firms' internationalization efforts? …

KFC, the Business of Propaganda, and the 'Toilet Revolution'

November 6th, 2018

1:04:36
Why is KFC so big in China? What is the “Toilet Revolution” and why does it matter? How does Chinese propaganda work? How have bicycles’ …

Matt Sheehan on Google in China

November 1st, 2018

51:34
What is the history of Google in China? Does the company have any hope of bringing its search engine back into the Chinese market? How does China’s development of artificial intelligence stack up against the …

When Trade Wars Turned Bloody: The Opium War with Stephen Platt

October 24th, 2018

1:12:48
When it came to trade wars, the British didn't mess around. Four steam-powered battleships sent by the English to force China to change its …

Tencent's History and Future with Matthew Brennan

October 19th, 2018

52:00
Matt Brennan, professional speaker and co-host of China Tech Talk, comes on the show to discuss the history and evolution of China's most …

David Dollar on U.S.-China financial friction

October 9th, 2018

38:36
David Dollar is a senior fellow at the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. He has previously served as the U.S. …

China’s Grand AI Ambitions with Jeff Ding

October 3rd, 2018

43:50
Rhodes Scholar Jeff Ding breaks down how China stacks up to the rest of the world in the race to develop AI. He delves into the connections …

Trade War Tale of the Tape with Chad Bown

August 27th, 2018

1:07:22
Chad Bown is a fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC and cohost of the excellent Trade Talks, a …

Data Policy with Samm Sacks

August 16th, 2018

30:44
Guest Samm Sacks Senior Fellow, Technology Policy, Center for Strategic and International Studies @CSIS Samm Sacks | Center for Strategic …

What China Thinks of the Trade War with Chublicopinion's Ma Tianjie

May 13th, 2018

53:07
Ma Tianjie, founder of the long-running blog Chublicopinion is perhaps the leading English-language chronicler of Chinese public opinion. In …

Trump's Trade War Tactics with Chris Balding

May 9th, 2018

1:11:15
(The audio stops beeping after 1 minute I promise!) Chris Balding as a Bloomberg Views contributor and professor based in Shenzhen. In this interview, we discuss two recent posts on his blog Baldingsworld which …

Made in China 2025 and Bytedance with Lorand Laskai

April 23rd, 2018

1:02:41
Lorand Laskai is a researcher at a prominent American think tank who recently wrote a piece on the Trump administration's animosity to Xi's Made in China 2025 program. In this episode, we discuss what exactly …

How China Learned to WTO with Henry Cao

April 12th, 2018

41:21
Guest henry gao henry gao (@henrysgao) | Twitter Prof. Henry Gao is Associate Professor of law (tenured) at Singapore Management University …

Gaming in China with Charlie Moseley and Chang Jung-Erh

March 19th, 2018

1:00:07
Guest Charlie Moseley Washingtonian in Asia. Predisposed to wanderlust. Charlie Moseley's Personal Website charlie (@justcharlie) | Twitter China's over 600 million gamers contribute to a gaming market that …

Internet Finance with Martin Chorzempa

March 6th, 2018

53:08
Guest Martin Chorzempa Research Fellow, @PIIE. China Econ/Finance, FinTech, Financial Development Martin Chorzempa | PIIE Martin Chorzempa (@ChorzempaMartin) | Twitter Martin Chorzempa of the Peterson Institute …

Nick Consonery on China's Economic Reform Trajectory

February 25th, 2018

49:19
Guest Nick Consonery Director of China Macroeconomic & Policy research @rhodium_group Rhodium Group Nick Consonery (@nconsonery) | …

The Chinese Rustbelt with Song Houze

January 23rd, 2018

52:42
China's northeast, a region that in the 1970s comprised over 10% of national GDP, now only makes up 3%. In this interview, Song Houze walks …

Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro on How the World Order Evolves

January 18th, 2018

1:07:24
Guests Oona Hathaway Professor @YaleLawSch, Director @YaleLawGLC, Editor @just_security, fmr Special Counsel @DeptofDefense, co-author of …

Barry Eichengreen on the Rise and Fall of Global Currencies

January 14th, 2018

27:50
Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science at Berkeley (not to mention one of my favorite authors of accessible yet …

Ex-Head of Mobile at Mobike Max Zhou on Dockless Bikeshares in China

December 22nd, 2017

38:44
Max Zhou 周喆吾 is an Uber alum who until November of 2017 was the head of Mobile at Mobike. He is currently working as the co-founder of Meta App. Max talks about his story coming to the US for an advanced …

Keller Easterling on Free Zones and the Origins and Global Impact of SEZs

December 19th, 2017

42:21
Keller Easterling, architect and professor at Yale, discusses her research on free zones (aka Special Economic Zones). We start by discussing the history of free zones and whether the Chinese success stories of …

Peter Lorentzen on the Politics of Protest in China

December 10th, 2017

49:47
Peter Lorentzen, professor of economics at the University of San Francisco, talks protests and provincial politics. We start by discussing …

Matt Sheehan on 'Chinafornia'

November 30th, 2017

38:16
Matt Sheehan is a fellow at the Paulson Institute and writes his own newsletter, "Chinafornia". We discussed the evolving relationship …

Jonathan Woetzel on China's Digital Economy

November 26th, 2017

24:12
Dr. Jonathan Woetzel, Mckinsey Global Institute Director and Senior Partner in the Shanghai office, recently co-authored a report entitled China's Digital Economy. In this podcast, he discusses the impact of …

Julian Gewirtz on Unlikely Partners: Western Economists and Reform and Opening

October 31st, 2017

33:43
Julian Gewirtz is currently a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, …

The Book of Swindles: Cons from the Late Ming Dynasty

October 27th, 2017

44:07
In Zhang Yingyu’s work from the late Ming Dynasty, you’ll encounter swindling concubines, clever commoners, and even eunuch cannibals trying to regrow their members. “We live in an age of deception. Words and …

Cynthia Estlund on Labor in China

October 26th, 2017

49:19
China’s massive labor surplus has been vital to its rapid economic development. For decades, China’s rural population has been migrating to …

Andrew Polk on the 19th Party Congress

September 24th, 2017

33:21
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September 21st, 2017

25:02
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