Archive for the ‘Podcasts’ Category

CTP Podcast: International Perspectives on Bo Xilai Case

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012


Eric & Michael discuss the international media coverage and public perceptions of the Bo Xilai case.


The Bo Xilai scandal and the Western media by ChinaAfricaProject

[AUDIO] CTP Podcast – China’s bin-Laden Aftermath

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Almost no one is focusing on this huge story over how the Chinese are taking advantage of the rift in U.S.-Pakistan ties in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s killing to increase their influence in Afghanistan/Pakistan.  We had a great discussion in our latest CTP Podcast. Let us know what you think.




China Talking Points Podcast: China’s post-bin Laden Foreign Policy by ChinaTalkingPoints

[AUDIO] CTP Podcast-China’s ‘Haves-and-Have Nots’

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The yawning gap between the rich and poor in China is now taking center stage at a central policy challenge for the government. Beijing’s recent decision to ban certain forms of luxury goods marketing is just the latest effort to contain a growing unease over the divisons that between’s society’s haves and have-nots. In this edition of the China Talking Points podcast, Michael explains three key points on what to look out for in this sensitive political debate.

[AUDIO] CTP Podcast: China’s Libya Policy-A Debrief with Deborah Brautigam

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

[AUDIO] CTP Podcast – Nuclear Energy In China

Friday, March 25th, 2011

In the wake of the natural and nuclear disasters in Japan, what role will Nuclear Energy play in China’s immediate future?

With over 60% of the world’s future nuclear power plants destined to be built in the PRC, their decisions on technology, safety, and international cooperation will have in impact well beyond the nation’s borders.

Join us as we discuss China’s response and likely next steps in the nuclear energy game.

China Talking Points Podcast: China’s Nuclear Future by ChinaTalkingPoints

[AUDIO] CTP Podcast: China’s Religious Revival

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Chinese society has changed so much over the past three decades that it has been difficult for peoples’ emotions, spiritual and moral beliefs to keep up. Throughout much of the economic reform period of the late 20th century, the focus was squarely on economic development. Now, as China has reached a milestone of becoming the world’s second largest economy and on its way to becoming the first, a growing number of Chinese are seeking more than just economic advancement.

Spiritual and religious activity is on the rise. This brings up a number of extremely sensitive issues as the Communist Party regards all unofficial religious activity as a direct challenge to its authority. Hundreds of under-ground churches have been closed, dissident priests, imams and all variety of spiritual leaders have been jailed in recent years.

Yet despite the government’s unwavering insistence to assert control over Chinese religious institutions, there has been a surge of interest in recent years, particularly among young people, to engage with different religions. In this week’s edition of the China Talking Points podcast, Eric suggests that the new interest in spirituality, morality and religion may be born from the excesses of materialism that have come to dominate so much of contemporary Chinese popular culture. In fact, Eric contends, that large swathes of Chinese society are encountering something of a “morality crisis.”  The basic premise, he explains, is that as the CCP replaced Confucianism (among other beliefs) with Communism in the period from the 1950s to the 1980s, when communism made way for capitalism, there was no spiritual companion. Instead, people began to invest their faith in to money and achievement. The only problem, he argues, is that is ultimately unfulfilling prompting millions to now look to elsewhere for spiritual development.

Michael, in contrast, disagrees with this assessment. In his opinion, Chinese religious beliefs never really disappeared. They may have receded for a period of time but they were always there. Now, we are witnessing a resurgence of those deeply held religious values that have been central to Chinese life for centuries. Michael clearly rejects Eric’s proposition of a morality crisis in China.

Listen to the podcast and tell us what you think. Do you agree with either Michael or Eric’s perspective? Let us know.

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[AUDIO] Exploring the limits of Chinese censorship

Monday, February 14th, 2011

In this edition of the China Talking Points podcast, Michael and Eric tackle the politically sensitive issue of China’s censorship policies in both the new and traditional media sectors. Just what the Chinese government wants its people to know surfaced again last week when the government banned the word ‘Egypt’ (埃及) from micro-blogging sites and restricted all coverage of the Egyptian uprising to be managed exclusively by the Xinhua news agency.

In a dramatic flashback to an earlier period of Chinese media management, on the very night that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down from office, the People’s Daily website was among the only major international news outlets that did not mention this monumental event. Instead, the People’s Daily had a front page story celebrated increased Chinese grain production.

The Chinese government’s decision to limit access to news about the instability in North Africa is entirely predictable, however it begs the question as to whether or not the ‘cure is worse than the illness?’ That is, by denying its people access to this information how much will it cripple China’s long term ability to engage a world it increasingly dominates? Already, there are startling large information gaps among many educated Chinese about their country’s international engagement. Continued censorship of these types of events will only worsen that ignorance.

Conversely, Michael argues, the Chinese have been extremely adept at managing their information policies and if/when it is necessary to release the pressure it can do so.

We also discuss the precise measures that the Chinese employ to censor the increasingly large volume of content flowing over the air and through the ether to inform, educate and entertain hundreds of millions of Chinese. Michael explains that it is a complex blend of those famous ‘red pens’ along with the most sophisticated computer monitoring equipment on the market.

[AUDIO] CTP Podcast – China’s Impact on Egypt’s Protests

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

China’s rise impacts the economy and political conscience of most countries. The scenes of protest and discontent seen across the Arab world January of 2011 center on a disaffected youth’s desire for a better future – and a say in the crafting of that future.

In this podcast, we debate and discuss the impact of China’s economy on Egypt. We see ramifications of the “China Price” impinging on business interests and China’s wealth creating standing in juxtaposition to what this generation of Egyptians have experienced.

Join us as we sort through perceived and real influences.

China in Africa Podcast: China and the Egyptian Uprising by ChinaTalkingPoints

[AUDIO] CTP Podcast: China’s Military Power Projection

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

In the wake of Secretary Gates’ trip, we thought it would be good to discuss factors to weigh when considering China’s ability to to project military power – now, and in the future.

Take a listen as we debate everything from territorial concerns to submarine range to leadership of UN combat missions. Are you ready for a China that assume the mantle of global leadership?

China Talking Points Podcast: China’s Military Power Projection by ChinaTalkingPoints

[AUDIO] CTP Podcast – Midterm China Mania

Monday, October 18th, 2010

We’re heading to the polls in America and that means media outlets are awash with strident ads attacking candidates on various issues.  This election cycle, China seems to be front and center quite a bit.

Interestingly, editorial boards seem to believe that the classic job-loss case that is being so loudly trumpeted has created an opening to highlight many different differences and conflicts that are currently roiling US-China relations.

As an election cycle, we think we’re just hearing words without action, but it is a good time to remind yourself about the multifaceted relationship.