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. Get bonus content on Patreon
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CSET: How to Break the Think Tank Mold
48:56Dewey Murdick, director of CSET, discusses how the organization has brought a new level of rigor to hot topics ranging from chips to immigration and AI safety policy. We also discuss:CSET's Map of Science and the fate of Google ScholarBeing beholden to the checkbooks of fundersTopics that make policymakers' eyes roll - but shouldn'tThe optimal employment conditions for growing temperate, nice, low-ego, tasty fruitPlease consider supporting ChinaTalk at https://www.patreon.com/ChinaTalk for an ad-free feed.Outtro music that Dewey eventually got around to sending me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41U78QP8nBk Daisy Bell - the first computer to sing Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Son Eating and Prince-Slaying: Stratagems of the Warring States
31:53Can eating your sons be morally justified? Stratagems of the Warring States is a collection of stories compiled during the Han dynasty about the many states that fought for control of all under heaven in the Warring States Period between the fifth and third centuries BC. Featuring tales of hostages, statecraft, assassinations and throwing shade on princelings, in this special episode of ChinaTalk, voice actors Jacob Guenther and Chara Lin perform excerpts of Jennifer Dodgson's translation into English, while Dodgson herself discusses each piece.Check out Jennifer's website hosting her translations here.Performances includeQin recruits troops and advances on Zhou to demand the nine cauldronsEast Zhou wishes to grow riceGong Ta defects from West ZhouZhang Yi runs out of money in ChuAn attack on ZhongshanThe Queen Dowager of Zhao takes over the running of state affairsOuttro music: Prince Qin Breaking Through the Enemy Array, traditional Tang-era music performed by Hubei Chime Bells Orchestra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvTul5_js_A&list=RDadcGeuTMmBA&index=8 Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
6th Plenum: Open Source CCP
50:44What 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 writing a substack on it? And how would you design a course to learn how to read the CCP?To discuss, Manoj Kewalramani (@theChinaDude) of the https://trackingpeoplesdaily.substack.com/ and https://manojkewalramani.substack.com/ newsletters, joins to discuss.For an ad-free feed, please consider supporting ChinaTalk at https://www.patreon.com/ChinaTalkOuttro music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m1Uf1hbrxU Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Selling China's Story
33:21Winner of the inaugural Rhodium and China Talk essay contest, recent college grad Maggie Baughman discusses her essay on how the Chinese government uses Western social media to promote their desired image of China internationally with myself and co-host Jeff Kao, a computational journalist at ProPublica.We discuss:The companies offering Chinese entities access and marketing on western social mediaHow China's approach to western social media differs to that in Russia and IranForeign influencers on WeiboWhy tourism bureaus love pandas, sunsets and happy workersPlease consider supporting ChinaTalk at patreon.com/chinatalkOuttro Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reYOZ8BrVeg Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Red Roulette: It Sucks to be a Chinese Billionaire
45:01Red 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 the story of his rise from an impoverished childhood in cultural revolution-era Shanghai and Hong Kong to his marriage to his social climbing wife with ties to the premier of China, and ultimate downfall as Xi’s anti-corruption push caught up with him. New York Times reporter Mike Forsythe (@PekingMike) and Lizzi C Lee (@wstv_lizzi), a journalist at the independent Chinese outlet Wall St TV, join me to discuss. We get into:Corruption crackdowns under Xi JinpingWestern reporters reporting on ChinaThe not-so-well-hidden fortunes of Politburo membersThe dietary habits of traveling Chinese officialsFor an ad-free feed, please consider supporting ChinaTalk on Patreon at https://patreon.com/chinatalkOuttro music: The Reform Group is Two Years Old by CCTV feat. Xi Jinping https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhU8C5RCbBs&t=3s Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Why Does China Have Blackouts?
40:48China's energy problems are back in the news. Joining me to discuss them is Yan Qin, lead analyst at Refinitiv, with my Rhodium colleague Irina Liu as co-host.We discussWhether China is serious about its climate pledgeWhy Chinese industry is moving westwardsHow "carbon neutral" became a hot topicThe importance of global cooperation on climate changeFor an ad-free feed, please consider supporting ChinaTalk on Patreon here https://open.acast.com/public/patreon/fanSubscribe/1959352check out masterworks.io/chinatalk to buy some art!Outtro music: 020 by Tizzy T https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKqjZMA-F88 Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Science & Technology for National Security
1:11:42Lisa 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 Research and Engineering in the DoD, founding director of IARPA, and executive vice president of In-Q-Tel. We touch on:How the error correction of free markets is absent in DoDA round of overrated/underrated on critical S&T areasHow successful government organizations empower their staffWhy the US lost its dominance in space launchPlease consider supporting ChinaTalk on Patreon here! https://open.acast.com/public/patreon/fanSubscribe/1959352Outtro Music: 甜甜圈🍩 - KKLUV/WOLF GANG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Sj0_J1KnbM Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
China's Space Plans for the 2020s
45:22Hosts 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 episode to talk about launches in China and public enthusiasm for space projects.We discussThe Belt and Road in spaceThe differences between the Starlink and Guowang networksEurope’s dilemma on selling to the US and ChinaChina’s ambitious space projects in the 2020sWhy the vibe in the Chinese private space industry is “smiley and optimistic”Check out https://www.masterworks.io/chinatalk Please consider supporting the show at https://www.patreon.com/ChinaTalkOuttro Music: Young Thug ft Elton Jon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqIyH_9uaOQ Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
What Evergrande Means for China
30:05Logan 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. Read Credit and Credibility! https://www.csis.org/analysis/credit-and-credibility-risks-chinas-economic-resilience If you only have time for one section, start with section 6. Check out Jon's substack here https://jonathonpsine.substack.com/Come work for Rhodium! https://rhg.com/careers/My email is jorschneider @ gmail or on twitter at https://twitter.com/jordanschnyc Outtro music: 朱添澤 - 想 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfRvjlcMuoY Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mao and the Monkey King
38:02Julia Lovell, author of Maoism: A Global History and The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China, discusses translating Journey to the West (https://www.amazon.com/Monkey-King-Journey-Classics-Hardcover/dp/0143107186), for English audiences.Joined by translator Brendan O'Kane as co-host, on this episode we discuss:The origins of Journey to the West and the exploits of its primate protagonist Sun Wukong.Mao's relationship to the novel and how he saw himself in the Monkey King.Why performances of the story in the Mao era cut out more than 90% of the storyOuttro music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvA78U8sWn0 Great Sage Equal to Heaven by Hua ChenyuWant to meet up in the bay Oct 5-10th? Hit me up on twitter or at jorschneider @ gmailOuttro music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvA78U8sWn0 Great Sage Equal to Heaven by Hua Chenyu Get bonus content on Patreon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.