China Insider is a weekly podcast project from Hudson Institute's China Center, hosted by Miles Yu, who provides weekly news that mainstream American outlets often miss, as well as in-depth commentary and analysis on the China challenge and the free world’s future.
New COVID-19 Lab Leak Findings, Sullivan-Yi Meeting, and Apple vs Huawei
31:28Shane Leary joins Miles Yu to discuss a newly discovered DARPA grant proposal that sheds light on the origins of COVID-19 and strengthens the lab-leak hypothesis. They then discuss the meeting in Bangkok between Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. Finally, they turn to the ongoing battle in the Chinese market between Apple and Huawei.
The World Reacts to William Lai, Li Qiang at Davos, and Imprisoned Journalists
24:45Shane Leary joins Miles Yu to discuss the overwhelming international diplomatic response to the 2024 Taiwanese election, and what this means for Taiwan's place on the global stage. They then turn to Chinese Premier Li Qiang's visit to Davos, where he attempted to woo elites with questionable economic figures. Finally, they cover a new study from the Committee to Protect Journalists, which ranks China as the worst country in the world because Beijing jails both citizen and professional journalists.
Taiwan Election Results, Liu Jianchao in Washington, and Corruption in the PLA
31:41Shane Leary joins Miles Yu to discuss the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) victory in the Taiwanese presidential election, and what this means for Taiwan going forward. They then discuss PRC Minister of the International Liaison Department of the CCP Central Committee, Liu Jianchao's visit with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and the state of US-China relations today. Finally, they turn to corruption in the People's Liberation Army, and what this portends for China's military capability.
Taiwan Elections, Zhongzhi Bankruptcy, and Predictions for 2024
28:18Shane Leary joins Miles Yu to discuss the upcoming presidential election in Taiwan. They then turn to China's latest economic woes, reflecting on the recent bankruptcy filing of China's largest "shadow bank," Zhongzhi, and what this reveals about corruption in the PRC's economy. Finally, Miles offers some broader observations and predictions on China for 2024.
CCP Commemorates Mao, China’s Role in Ukraine and Gaza in 2024, and More PLA Shakeups
21:31This week’s China Insider discusses the reasons and calculations behind Xi Jinping’s lavish celebration of the 130th birthday of Mao Zedong, the former Chinese Communist Party dictator, on December 26. The episode further analyzes China’s increasingly significant role in buttressing Russia’s war in Ukraine and Hamas’s war in the Middle East, and why this support is strategically important for the CCP. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the CCP’s latest purge and shakeup of the senior People’s Liberation Army (PLA) leaders as related to China’s military ambitions and capabilities.
Xi in Vietnam, the CCP's Economic Planning, and Tension in the South China Sea
21:06Shane Leary joins Miles Yu to discuss Xi Jinping’s state visit to Vietnam and the pivotal role Vietnam plays in the United States–China rivalry. They then discuss a recent meeting of the Chinese Communist Party Politburo addressing the People’s Republic of China’s economic crisis, before turning to recent spats between the China Coast Guard and Philippine sailors.
Human Rights, Credit Downgrading, and Hong Kong Elections
25:39Shane Leary joins Miles Yu to discuss the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and reflect on the legacy of human rights abuses in the People’s Republic of China. They then discuss Moody’s downgrading of China’s sovereign credit rating from stable to negative, and what this portends for the Chinese economy. Finally, they discuss the recent district council elections in Hong Kong and the political apathy of voters in the region.
A New Respiratory Outbreak, Indo-Pacific Tensions, and the White Paper Movement
22:21Shane Leary joins Miles Yu to discuss the mysterious outbreak of a new respiratory virus in China, escalating tensions between the People’s Republic of China and the Philippine government over the Second Thomas Shoal, and the one-year anniversary of the White Paper Movement, which brought an end to zero-COVID restrictions.
Biden-Xi Takeaways, Decoupling, and Elite Misconceptions
23:12Shane Leary joins Miles Yu to discuss the major takeaways from Biden’s meeting with Xi Jinping on the sidelines of APEC. They then turn to Xi’s efforts to curry favor with US-business executives, and whether this could stem the tide of decoupling. Finally, they discuss the curious republishing of a 1972 Foreign Affairs article by Barbara Tuchman entitled, “If Mao Had Come to Washington,” and what this reveals about enduring misconceptions of China among the US foreign policy elite.