The ChinaPower Podcast dissects critical issues underpinning China’s emergence as a global power. By bringing together the leading experts on China and international politics, the series offers our listeners critical insights into the challenges and opportunities presented by China’s rise. These extended discussions are hosted by Bonnie S. Glaser, senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Ms. Glaser is concomitantly a non-resident fellow with the Lowy Institute in Sydney and a senior associate with Pacific Forum.

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China’s Emerging New-Energy Vehicle Industry: A Conversation with Scott Kennedy

In this episode, Dr. Scott Kennedy joins us to discuss the new-energy vehicle (NEV) industry in China and the challenges it faces domestically and from abroad. Dr. Kennedy presents the key findings from his recent report entitled “China’s Risky Drive into New-Energy Vehicles” and assesses the environmental impact of NEVs. He also discusses the capabilities and vulnerabilities of this emerging industry in China.

China and Russia’s Converging Interests: A Conversation with Alexander Gabuev

In this episode, Mr. Alexander Gabuev joins us to discuss recent developments in China’s relations with Russia and the future trajectory of Sino-Russian ties. He analyzes the ways in which Beijing and Moscow have increased strategic and diplomatic cooperation to further their respective national and geopolitical objectives. Mr. Gabuev also addresses areas of disagreement in the relationship and challenges faced by both parties as they continue to deepen bilateral ties in the face of mounting security and economic pressures.

China’s Relationship with the International Order: A Conversation with Timothy Heath

In this episode, Mr. Timothy Heath joins us to discuss China’s views of and engagement with the international order. He analyzes China’s rise in the postwar era and details findings from a recent RAND Corporation report titled “China and the International Order.” Mr. Heath also assesses China’s behavior toward international norms and its development of multilateral institutions. He proposes how the US might be able to effectively manage China’s growing power and predicts key factors that could impact how Beijing approaches the international order moving forward.

Southeast Asia’s Shifting Security Views: A Conversation with Tang Siew Mun

In this episode, Dr. Tang Siew Mun joins us to discuss evolving Southeast Asian attitudes toward major powers in the region, especially China and the United States. He analyzes the results of a recent survey conducted by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore titled “State of Southeast Asia: 2019.” Dr. Tang explains the impetus driving the shifts in regional views of relations with Beijing, engagements with projects like the Belt and Road Initiative, and uncertainty about US commitment to and staying power in the region.

Results and Ramifications of Taiwan’s Elections: A Conversation with Shelley Rigger

In this episode, Dr. Shelley Rigger joins us to discuss the latest developments in cross-Strait relations, particularly since the November nine-in-one local elections in which the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) suffered a major defeat. She analyzes the economic implications behind the election results and the DPP’s struggle to maintain stable relations with mainland China. Dr. Rigger also explores how Beijing might take advantage of the opportunity to engage with Taiwan’s newly elected officials, and forecasts the road ahead for Taiwan.

The Slippery Slope of US-China Competition: A Conversation with Wu Xinbo

In this episode, Dr. Wu Xinbo joins us to discuss the state of US-China relations amid increased tension and competition under the Trump administration. He analyzes US intentions toward China as well as China’s views on President Trump, and offers insights on how the two countries will handle sensitive issues in the bilateral relationship such as Taiwan and the South China Sea. Professor Wu forecasts the road ahead for US-China relations in the coming decade along with the implications for the global economy and the international situation.

The PLA Navy’s Growing Prowess: A Conversation with Andrew Erickson

In this episode, Andrew Erickson joins us to discuss China’s recent efforts to modernize its navy and expand its naval fleet. He assesses China’s current naval capabilities relative to other countries and examines the future prospects of China’s naval modernization. He also touches on China’s commercial and military shipbuilding activities in addition to the evolution of China’s aircraft carrier program and its future trajectory.

Cross-Strait Ties and the US: A Conversation with Richard Bush

In this episode, Dr. Richard Bush joins us to discuss the evolving relationship among mainland China, Taiwan, and the US. Dr. Bush explains the drive behind Beijing’s increased diplomatic, economic, and military pressure on Taiwan under President Tsai Ing-wen, and analyzes the US role in the present cross-Strait relationship. He also assesses the trajectory of this trilateral relationship, including the impact of the “Trump factor” and the possibility of war across the Taiwan Strait.