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China 21 is produced by the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. We are a leading university-based think tank that produces scholarly research and informs policy discussions on China and U.S.-China relations. This podcast features expert voices, insights and stories about China’s economy, politics, society, and the implications for international affairs. Learn more at china.ucsd.edu

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China 21 is produced by the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. We are a leading university-based think tank that produces scholarly research and informs policy discussions on China and U.S.-China relations. This podcast features expert voices, insights and stories about China’s economy, politics, society, and the implications for international affairs. Learn more at china.ucsd.edu

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An excellent resource from the leading center of China studies from political science, economics, and history perspectives in the U.S.

Important and interesting conversations

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The experts featured on this podcast goes behind the headlines, dive deep into important topics, and unpacks subjects with timely relevance and interesting angles. Informative and easy to listen to - a great resource for China watchers and beyond.

iTunes Ratings

22 Ratings
Average Ratings
17
4
0
0
1

International affairs MA student

By UCSD GPS Sammy - Feb 15 2017
Read more
An excellent resource from the leading center of China studies from political science, economics, and history perspectives in the U.S.

Important and interesting conversations

By China Hand 2.0 - Jan 05 2017
Read more
The experts featured on this podcast goes behind the headlines, dive deep into important topics, and unpacks subjects with timely relevance and interesting angles. Informative and easy to listen to - a great resource for China watchers and beyond.

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China 21

Latest release on Sep 16, 2020

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Rank #1: China's Internal and Regional Politics - Susan Shirk & Stapleton Roy

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Two of the most influential China Hands, Professor Susan Shirk and Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, discuss the current state of Chinese politics, the South China Sea, and US foreign policy toward China.

Susan Shirk is the esteemed chair of the 21st Century China Program, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.

Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy is one of the most respected diplomatic experts on East Asia. He retired after a 45 year career in the US Department of State as Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the Foreign Service. He was a three-time ambassador who served as the top U.S. envoy in Singapore, China, and Indonesia. Ambassador Roy is also the Founding Director Emeritus of the Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S. at the Wilson Center.

Ambassador Roy delivered the 2016 Ellsworth Memorial Lecture at UC San Diego on March 28. Full text, photos and additional interviews can be found at china.ucsd.edu

China 21 is produced by the 21st Century China Program, at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. This podcast features expert voices, insights and stories about China’s economy, politics, society, and the implications for international affairs. Learn more at china.ucsd.edu

This episode was recorded at UC San Diego Studio Ten300

  • Host: Samuel Tsoi
  • Editors: Mike Fausner, Anthony King
  • Production Support: Lei Guang, Susan Shirk, Amy Robinson, Sarah Pfledderer, Michelle Fredricks
  • Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project

Mar 30 2016

38mins

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Rank #2: 13th Five Year Plan - Deborah Seligsohn & Jack Zhang (十三五: China’s Development Roadmap)

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Deborah and Jack unpacks the details and highlights of China’s latest five-year-plan, the most basic and authoritative document that charts out the country’s strategic vision, covering policies, measures and targets on domestic social issues, to the environment, to education and economic development.

The document is meant to mobilize the nation’s officials and state-owned enterprises to work jointly across the sectors and ministries on implementing the goals from the central to the provincial level. It is also a window into China’s policy formulation process and how their leaders are responding to complex domestic and international challenges. Today, we have two doctoral candidates in political science who have followed closely the 13th Five Year Plan that was recently ratified in Beijing. They will share with us their analysis on the significant policies in the plan and what story it tells us about China’s recent challenges and its hope for its future.

Deborah Seligsohn is a PhD candidate in political science and international relations here at UC San Diego. Her dissertation focuses on air pollution regulation in China and India. From 2007 to 2012 she was the Principal Advisor to the World Resources Institute’s China Energy and Environmental Program, based in Beijing. Deborah is a twenty-year veteran at the US Department of State, working on energy and environment issues in China, India, Nepal and New Zealand. Her most recent position at the State Department was as Environment, Science, Technology and Health Counselor in Beijing. Deborah has a master’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, and a BA from Harvard University in East Asian Studies. She blogs regularly at ChinaFAQs, ChinaFile and the Huffington Post and has been published in the New Scientist, the Financial Times and the South China Morning Post.

Jack Zhang is also a PhD candidate in political science and international relations at UC San Diego. His research interests lie at the intersection of international political economy and security, with a focus on contemporary China. Jack’s dissertation investigates the impact of interstate conflict on multinational firms operating in belligerent countries as well as the political strategies that these firms adopt to influence the policies of home and host governments. Jack argues that firms play a crucial and understudied role in commercial peace theories. His research seeks to explore their role as strategic actors in the politics of war and peace. Prior to coming to UC San Diego, Jack worked as a China researcher for the Eurasia Group in Washington, DC. He was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to conduct fieldwork in Beijing on the economic effects of political crises on China based foreign multinationals during the 2014-2015 academic year. He also serve as senior advisor to UC San Diego’s China Focus Blog and can be found on Twitter @HanFeiTzu

十三五 animated video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhLrHCKMqyM

State-media Infographic:
http://english.gov.cn/r/Pub/GOV/p1/Content/Policies/Images/2015/11/04/13th_plan_on_livelihood_%283%29.jpg

China 21 is produced by the 21st Century China Program, at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. This podcast features expert voices, insights and stories about China’s economy, politics, society, and the implications for international affairs. Learn more at china.ucsd.edu

This episode was recorded at UC San Diego Studio Ten300

  • Host: Samuel Tsoi
  • Editors: Mike Fausner, Anthony King
  • Production Support: Lei Guang, Susan Shirk, Amy Robinson, Sarah Pfledderer, Michelle Fredricks
  • Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project

Jun 01 2016

1hr 30mins

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Rank #3: Defending Digital Rights - Rebecca MacKinnon & Molly Roberts

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Rebecca MacKinnon is the director of Ranking Digital Rights, a program at New America promotes freedom of expression and privacy on the internet by creating global standards and incentives for companies to respect and protect users’ rights. She was a Pacific Leadership Fellow at the Center for Global Transformation at UC San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy.

Ms. MacKinnon is the author of the book Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom and the co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices.

Ms. MacKinnon was CNN’s Beijing Bureau Chief from 1998-2001 and Tokyo Bureau Chief from 2001-2003. Since leaving CNN, she taught journalism and conducted research on Chinese censorship at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Molly Roberts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at UC San Diego and the director of the China Data Lab at the 21st Century China Center. Prof. Roberts uses social media, online experiments, and large collections of newspaper articles to understand the influence of censorship and propaganda on the spread of information in China. She is the author of the award-winning book Censored: Distraction and Diversion Inside China's Great Firewall.

Editor/Host: Samuel Tsoi

Music: Shanghai Restoration Project
Illustration: Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University

Nov 01 2019

37mins

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Rank #4: The Cross is Red: Christianity in China - Richard Madsen

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The Chinese Communist Party issued new directives for religious affairs earlier this year, especially calling for religions to serve national interests. What does this new project to “sinicize” religions imply for religious practice in China? For Christians in China, how are they adapting as rising nationalism clashes with religions that have foreign roots?

Sociologist Richard Madsen reflects on the takeaways from a recent gathering to discuss China's new policy on religion, which convened some of the key thinkers who formulated the new regulations and practitioners such as Catholic priests whose work are impacted by the regulations.

Prof. Madsen is the Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UC San Diego, and the Director of the Fudan-UC Center on Contmpoerary China. Prof. Madsen has been called “one of the modern-day founders of the study of Chinese religion.” He authored 12 books, including Democracy's Dharma: Religious Renaissance and Political Develpment in Taiwan, China's Catholics: Tragedy and Hope in an Emerging Civil Society, and The Many and the One: Religious and Secular Perspectives on Ethical Pluralism in the Modern World. Prof. Madsen is currently working on a book about happiness in China, which he describes as an exploration on the “search for a good life in China in an age of anxiety.”

China 21 is produced by the 21st Century China Center, at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. This podcast features expert voices, insights and stories about China’s economy, politics, society, and the implications for international affairs. Learn more at china.ucsd.edu

This episode was recorded at UC San Diego Studio Ten300

  • Host: Samuel Tsoi
  • Editors: Mike Fausner, Anthony King
  • Production Support: Lei Guang, Susan Shirk, Amy Robinson, Sarah Pfledderer, Michelle Fredricks
  • Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project
  • Episode photo credit: Mark Schiefelbein/Associated Press

Sep 01 2016

42mins

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Rank #5: Running a Bank in China - Victor Shih & Ken Wilcox

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Professor Victor Shih speaks with Ken Wilcox of Silicon Valley Bank on the lessons learned from running a joint-venture with a state-owned bank and how banking practices have evolved during recent financial crises in China.

Victor Shih is a leading expert in examining the intersection of China’s elite politics and the People’s Republic’s financial policies. He has written widely on the topic and teaches a course at UC San Diego on Financing the Chinese Economic Miracle. Not only does Professor Shih have an authoritative voice on the subject, he has gain a following on Twitter for his interesting takes on China’s politics and economy. You can join over 12,000 others on Twitter by following him @vshih2

Ken Wilcox is the Emeritus Chairman at Silicon Valley Bank. He previously served as CEO of SVB Financial Group. In that role, he successfully pursued a strategy of expansion into China. In 2011, he made the key decision to relocate to Shanghai to lead a joint-venture with the state-owned Shanghai Pudong Development Bank that proved to be a critical factor in SVB’s pioneering role in expanding financial services in the innovation sector, and SVB’s overall success in China.

Mr. Wilcox was on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and he still serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards, including the Asia Society of Northern California. He is also an adjunct professor at Fudan University in Shanghai. Among many other accolades, Mr. Wilcox was honored by the Shanghai Municipal Government with the “Magnolia Silver Award”, a municipal honor given to expatriates for their outstanding contribution to the city's economic, social or cultural development.

China 21 is produced by the 21st Century China Program, at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. This podcast features expert voices, insights and stories about China’s economy, politics, society, and the implications for international affairs. Learn more at china.ucsd.edu

This episode was recorded at UC San Diego Studio Ten300

  • Host: Samuel Tsoi
  • Editors: Mike Fausner, Anthony King
  • Production Support: Lei Guang, Susan Shirk, Amy Robinson, Sarah Pfledderer, Michelle Fredricks
  • Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project

May 26 2016

33mins

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Rank #6: U.S.-China Relations After Obama - Melanie Hart

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Dr. Melanie Hart reviews America's foreign policy towards China in the last eight years, and looks ahead to opportunities and challenges in US-China Relations in light of constructive milestones and the US presidential elections.

Dr. Hart is currently a Senior Fellow and Director of China Policy at the Center for American Progress, a think-tank based in Washington D.C. She focuses on U.S. foreign policy toward China and works to identify new opportunities for bilateral cooperation, particularly on energy, climate change, and cross-border investment. Her research also covers China’s political system, market regulatory reforms, and how China’s domestic and foreign policy developments affect the United States.

In this podcast, she describes the recent progress from the U.S.-China Rising Scholar Strategic Dialogue, hosted by the Center for American Progress. The report "Charting a New Course for the U.S.-China Relationship" is available at [https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/security/reports/2016/08/30/143147/charting-a-new-course-for-the-u-s-china-relationship/]

China 21 is produced by the 21st Century China Center, at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. This podcast features expert voices, insights and stories about China’s economy, politics, society, and the implications for international affairs. Learn more at china.ucsd.edu

This episode was recorded at UC San Diego Studio Ten300

  • Host: Samuel Tsoi
  • Editors: Mike Fausner, Anthony King
  • Production Support: Lei Guang, Susan Shirk, Amy Robinson, Sarah Pfledderer, Michelle Fredricks
  • Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project
  • Episode photo credit: Feng Li/Getty Images

Oct 19 2016

29mins

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Rank #7: China’s Green Leap Forward - Julio Friedmann & David Victor

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Dr. Julio Friedmann unpacks the environmental and energy challenges in China - the world’s largest energy user, largest emitter, largest market and largest cleantech enterprise. Interview is followed by excerpt from conversation with Dr. David Victor

Dr. Friedmann is the senior advisor for energy innovation at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has extensive experience at the intersection of clean energy, public policy and global cooperation. Previously, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal at U.S. Department of Energy. He also advised the US-China Clean Energy Research Center.

Following ratification of Paris, they have undertaken an ambitious set of commitments to dramatically change their energy supply, infrastructure, use and efficiency. These large efforts and commitments are backed by substantial actions and investments. At the same time, they are undercut by retractions, shifting targets, a government reform agenda and complex geopolitical forces — converting these investments into both deep decarbonization and economic growth is contingent on technological, financial and human forces. Deep reduction of pollution and GHG emissions will only be achieved through innovation, sustained government action and triumph of this agenda in a complex national context. The chance of success is hard to assess, but required for the global climate accords to have any chance of success.

China 21 is produced by the 21st Century China Center, at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. This podcast features expert voices, insights and stories about China’s economy, politics, society, and the implications for international affairs. Learn more at china.ucsd.edu

This episode was recorded at UC San Diego Studio Ten300

  • Host: Samuel Tsoi
  • Editors: Mike Fausner, Anthony King
  • Production Support: Lei Guang, Susan Shirk, Amy Robinson, Sarah Pfledderer, Michelle Fredricks
  • Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project
  • Episode photo credit: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Dec 14 2016

33mins

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Rank #8: Interpreting the Xi Dynasty - Geremie Barmé & Susan Shirk

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Geremie Barmé is an esteemed historian, journalist, translator and film-maker. He spoke at UC San Diego in January on resistance movements in two Chinese cities - the case of Tsinghua Prof. Xu Zhangrun’s 許章潤 dissent, and the protests in Hong Kong. Prof. Barmé is the editor of China Heritage, a journal devoted to Chinese history, literature, and thought. Previously, he founded The Australian Centre on China in the World at The Australian National University. Prof. Barmé’s prolific writings provide a rich lens into China for English language audiences. His work can be found at chinaheritage.net and his full presentation is available on video at china.ucsd.edu

Prof. Susan Shirk, chair of the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy, is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (1997-2000), and founded and continues to lead the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue. She’s working on a new book about the Xi Jinping era and is the co-chair of the Taskforce on U.S.-China Policy.

Editor: Samuel Tsoi

Music: Shanghai Restoration Project

Feb 27 2020

51mins

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Rank #9: China Tripping (Part 1) - Paul Pickowicz, Perry Link, Jeremy Murray

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Paul Pickowicz, Perry Link and Jeremy Murray speaks with guest host Lazlo Montgomery in this special co-produced episode with China History Podcast, with excerpts from their new book “China Tripping: Encountering the Everyday in the People’s Republic” and discussion about how traveling to China across four decades changed these authors. (Part 1 of 2)

Buy the book from Rowman & Littlefield: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538123690/China-Tripping-Encountering-the-Everyday-in-the-People%E2%80%99s-Republic

Editor/Host: Lazlo Montgomery & Samuel Tsoi
Production Support: Mike Fausner, Kirk Wang
Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project

Sep 06 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #10: Make America & China Laugh Again - Jesse Appell

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Intercultural comedian Jesse Appell, founder of US-China Comedy Center in Beijing, shares his fun and educational journey of learning what makes Chinese people laugh, and bridging cultural gaps with humor. www.ChinaFocus.us hosted Jesse's performance at UC San Diego on Feb. 6 as part of his “Great LOL of China” North American tour.

Jesse Appell (艾杰西) is a Fulbright Scholar alumni whose research focuses on Chinese humor and performance. He is a disciple of master Xiangsheng performer Ding Guangquan, and regularly perform Xiangsheng (a form of Chinese comedy also known as crosstalk), bilingual improv comedy, and Chinese stand-up live and on TV. Jesse creates comedic online videos intended for the Chinese audience; one of these, “Laowai Style,” gathered 2 million hits across several media platforms.

Jesse’s performances, writing, and commentary on Chinese comedy, media, and culture have been seen and heard on CBS, TEDx, PBS, NPR and PRI, as well as Chinese media such as CCTV, BTV, and CRI.

Jesse founded www.laughbeijing.com, with the focus of using comedy to bridge cultural gaps by focusing on storytelling and character rather than surface differences and stereotypes.

China 21 is produced by the 21st Century China Center, at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. This podcast features expert voices, insights and stories about China’s economy, politics, society, and the implications for international affairs. Learn more at china.ucsd.edu

This episode was recorded at UC San Diego Studio Ten300

Host: Samuel Tsoi, Jack Zhang
Editors: Mike Fausner, Anthony King
Production Support: Lei Guang, Susan Shirk, Amy Robinson, Sarah Pfledderer, Michelle Fredricks
Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project, Jesse Appell remix of Bad Boy Records
Episode photo credit: Susetta Bozzi/The Boston Globe

Feb 07 2017

34mins

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Rank #11: Lessons from 1989 - Wang Dan and Victor Shih

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Wang Dan 王丹 speaks with Victor Shih on the lessons from the 1989 student democracy movement. They discuss Wang’s journey as a young student leading up to the Tiananmen Square protests and his life since. Wang describes his mission for Dialogue China - and the discussions he’s fostering about prospects of political reform and preparing citizens for potential crisis at the Chinese Communist Party.

In 1987, Wang Dan was admitted into Peking University. In school, Wang hosted the “Democracy Salon” regularly. In 1989, he participated and organised the 1989 democracy movement, and was one of the people who went on to the hunger strike. After the Tiananmen crackdown, Wang becomes the most wanted person by the government and was jailed until he was released in 1998 by the government under international pressure and was exiled to the United States.

Wang was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for three times and was awarded several other prizes. In 1998, he began to study at Harvard University, and he earned a History PhD in 2008. From 2008 to 2009, Wang was a visiting scholar at the Oxford University. From 2009 to 2017, he was teaching at colleges in Taiwan, including National Tsinghua University. Wang published “Prison Memoir of Wang Dan”, “Fifteen Lessons of the History of the People’s Republic of China”, “June 4th Memo”, and other 20 books ranging from politics, history, to literature. He was awarded the World Chinese Literature Award. He delivered a public lecture at UC San Diego in 2019 on the Past and Future of Political Reform in China.

Victor Shih is the Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations and associate professor of political economy at UC San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy. His latest book is “Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation”.

Editor/Host: Samuel Tsoi, UC San Diego 

Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project

Mar 05 2020

27mins

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Rank #12: China Tripping (Part 2) - Paul Pickowicz, Perry Link, Jeremy Murray

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Paul Pickowicz, Perry Link and Jeremy Murray speaks with guest host Lazlo Montgomery in this special co-produced episode with China History Podcast, with excerpts from their new book “China Tripping: Encountering the Everyday in the People’s Republic” and discussion about how traveling to China across four decades changed these authors. (Part 1 of 2)

Buy the book from Rowman & Littlefield: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538123690/China-Tripping-Encountering-the-Everyday-in-the-People%E2%80%99s-Republic

Editor/Host: Lazlo Montgomery & Samuel Tsoi

Production Support: Mike Fausner, Kirk Wang

Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project

Sep 06 2019

46mins

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Rank #13: US-China Trade – Gordon Hanson & Charlene Barshefsky

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Gordon Hanson and Charlene Barshefsky discuss China’s commitments and market reforms since joining the WTO and the path ahead in the trade relationship between the world’s two biggest economies. They explore the policy and enforcement tools the US has to confront China over the imbalance and lack of reciprocity, and the immediate political pressure on US policy makers to address the loss of jobs due to trade.

Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky served as the US Trade Representative from 1997 to 2001, she was responsible for the negotiation of hundreds of complex market access, regulatory and investment agreements with virtually every major country in the world. She is best known internationally as the architect and chief negotiator of China's historic World Trade Organization Agreement. She is currently WilmerHale's Senior International Partner, where she continues her legal career in international litigation, commercial negotiations, investment and regulatory advice, and dispute resolution.

Dr. Gordon Hanson is the Acting Dean and Pacific Economic Cooperation Chair in International Economic Relations at the School of Global Policy & Strategy at UC San Diego, where he also directs the Center on Global Transformation. Dr. Hanson specializes in the economics of international trade, international migration and foreign direct investment. His recent research project on the effect of China’s rise on US workers, firms and markets spurred a wide discussion on US trade policy at the height of 2016 US presidential elections that is still being debated.
This episode was recorded at UC San Diego Studio Ten300

Host: Samuel Tsoi
Editors: Mike Fausner, Anthony King
Production Support: Lei Guang, Susan Shirk, Amy Robinson, Sarah Pfledderer, Michelle Fredricks
Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project
Restoration Project Episode photo credit: CNN Money

Mar 07 2017

44mins

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Rank #14: Chinese Dream on Wheels: China & The Future of Cars - Michael J. Dunne

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China is now the biggest auto market, including electric vehicles. Michael Dunne discusses the government's role in guiding the car industry, competition and cross-border investment among Western and Chinese firms, and implication for clean energy, infrastructure and job-creation in both countries.

Dunne is the author of the book titled “American Wheels, Chinese Roads” and is a commentator on major outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Forbes. He’s originally from the Motor City and a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received an MBA and a Masters in Chinese History.

This episode was recorded at UC San Diego Studio Ten300

Host: Samuel Tsoi
Editors: Mike Fausner, Anthony King
Production Support: Lei Guang, Susan Shirk, Amy Robinson, Sarah Pfledderer, Michelle Fredricks
Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project
Episode photo credit: Reuters

Mar 03 2017

22mins

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Rank #15: Trump & China: Bipartisan Policy Recommendations - Susan Shirk and Winston Lord

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Two China policy veterans: Prof. Susan Shirk and Amb. Winston Lord are members of a high-level bipartisan task force that launched a report on US Policy Toward China, with detailed policy recommendations for the Trump administration. They offer an overview of the comprehensive list of issues covered in the report, and discuss the priorities that 45th President must address in his first year, such as the North Korean nuclear threat, climate change leadership, Asia Pacific alliances, and trade and civil society reciprocity.

The task force comprises a group of 20 prominent China specialists that include policymakers, scholars, and trade representatives, many of whom served under both political parties and every U.S. president since Nixon. Watch the panel discussion with task force co-chair Orville Schell of Asia Society and read the full report on china.ucsd.edu

This episode was recorded at UC San Diego Studio Ten300

Host: Samuel Tsoi
Editors: Mike Fausner, Anthony King
Production Support: Lei Guang, Susan Shirk, Amy Robinson, Sarah Pfledderer, Michelle Fredricks
Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project
Episode photo credit: Michelle Fredricks

Feb 13 2017

43mins

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Rank #16: SHIFT+Asia: Digitizing Chinese Studies - Karl Gerth & Tom Mullaney

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Dr. Karl Gerth interviews Dr. Tom Mullaney about his journey in building a digital humanities community for Asian studies and how a new set of analytic tools are disrupting and transforming the practice of teaching history and understanding various phenomena in China.

Karl Gerth is a professor of Modern Chinese history and holds the Hwei-Chih and Julia Hsiu Endowed Chair here at UC San Diego, he is writes on the history and contemporary implications of Chinese consumerism. His latest book is titled As China Goes, So Goes the World: How Chinese Consumers are Transforming Everything. It explores the wide-ranging ramifications and future implications of China’s shift toward a market economy over the past thirty years.

Tom Mullaney is a historian of China and of technology from Stanford University, and is currently working on a fascinating project examining Chinese typewriters and computers, with two books in the works through MIT Press. Tom’s collection of Chinese typewriters is now a museum exhibition called “Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age,” which will run through mid-April at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. He also directs Digital Humanities Asia, and is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dissertation Reviews.

This episode was recorded at UC San Diego Studio Ten300

Host: Samuel Tsoi
Editors: Mike Fausner, Anthony King
Production Support: Lei Guang, Susan Shirk, Amy Robinson, Sarah Pfledderer, Michelle Fredricks
Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project
Episode photo credit: Michelle Fredricks

Feb 24 2017

48mins

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Rank #17: Mobilizing Without the Masses - Diana Fu

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Diana Fu describes the evolution of activism, citizenship and civil society in China, and how NGOs engage in unconventional mobilization under authoritarian rule, based on her research on migrant workers and labor organizations.

Diana Fu is an associate professor of political sciences at the University of Toronto. She’s the author of the award-winning book Mobilizing Without the Masses, which describes a third pathway of contention that challenges conventional understandings of mobilization under authoritarian rule.

Editor/Host: Samuel Tsoi
Production Support: Mike Fausner
Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project

Jul 05 2019

17mins

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Rank #18: US-China Rivalry Roils Asia - Danny Russel & Steph Haggard

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Steph Haggard speaks with Danny Russel about the intensifying U.S.-China rivalry that is ushering in new dynamic in the Asia Pacific region. They address the trade war, negotiations with North Korea, American alliance with Japan, the Indo-Pacific strategy, and warn against the notion of decoupling.

Prof. Stephan Haggard is the Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor of Korea-Pacific Studies and Director of the Korea-Pacific Program at the School of Global Policy & Strategy.

Daniel Russel is Vice President of International Security and Diplomacy at the Asia Society Policy Institute, and most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Obama Administration.Mr. Russel delivered the Robert Ellsworth Memorial Lecture earlier this month at UC San Diego. To watch his full remarks, visit china.ucsd.edu

Editor/Host: Samuel Tsoi
Production Support: Mike Fausner
Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project

Jun 27 2019

31mins

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Rank #19: Will China Save the Planet? - Barbara Finamore

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Barbara Finamore, who founded the National Resource Defense Council’s China program, discusses with China Focus editor-in-chief Charlie Vest about China’s clean energy sectors, domestic environmental activism and its push to develop renewable energy infrastructure abroad.

Barbara Finamore founded NRDC’s China program, focusing on climate, clean energy, environmental protection, and urban solutions in China. She is the author of "Will China Save the Planet?"

Charlie Vest is a Master’s Candidate in Chinese Political and Economic Affairs at the School of Global Policy & Strategy, and the Editor-in-Chief for the China Focus blog for 2018-2019.

This episode was recorded at UC San Diego, and is a production of the 21st Century China Center

Editor/Host: Samuel Tsoi, Charlie Vest
Production Support: Mike Fausner
Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project

May 07 2019

13mins

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Rank #20: AI, 5G, and the Race for Tech Supremacy - Elsa Kania

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Elsa Kania discusses the potential and concerns of cutting-edge technologies that are underpinning the competition between the U.S. and China, especially in the race towards supremacy in AI and 5G

Elsa Kania is an independent analyst, consultant, and co-founder of the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute. She is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Among her many accolades, she’s also been named an official “Mad Scientist” by the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. Elsa is also a doctoral candidate at Harvard University's Department of Government.

This episode was recorded at UC San Diego, and is a production of the 21st Century China Center

Editor/Host: Samuel Tsoi
Production Support: Mike Fausner
Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project

Apr 23 2019

30mins

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