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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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.

China and the 16+1 Mechanism: A Conversation with Justyna Szczudlik

In this episode, Dr. Justyna Szczudlik joins us to discuss China’s attempts to increase engagement with five Balkan states and eleven EU nations through the 16+1 mechanism. Dr. Szczudlik explains China’s motives for establishing the mechanism and how 16+1 relates to the Belt and Road Initiative. She also assesses how different countries in Central and Eastern Europe view China and the China-Poland relationship in particular.

Conflict and Compromise in China-India Relations: A Conversation with Jagannath Panda

In this episode, Dr. Jagannath Panda joins us to discuss China-India relations, including the significance of the April 2018 Wuhan Summit between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dr. Panda explains how India has side-stepped conflict with China since the 2017 border standoff at Doklam, and analyzes how the economic component of the bilateral relationship has developed despite India’s opposition to China’s Belt and Road Initiative and growing presence in the Indo-Pacific.

FOCAC and China-Africa Ties: A Conversation with Chris Alden

In this episode, Professor Chris Alden joins us to discuss the latest developments in China-Africa relations, including the impact of the most recent Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit. Prof. Alden assesses the role of China’s infrastructure investment in Africa, particularly through the Belt and Road Initiative, and analyzes China’s growing security interests and presence on the continent.

China-EU Relations: A Conversation with Theresa Fallon

In this episode, Theresa Fallon joins us to discuss China’s evolving relationship with the European Union. Ms. Fallon assesses the outcomes of China’s recent and ongoing engagements in the region, including the Belt and Road Initiative. She also analyzes the impact of the Trump administration and US-China trade war on China-EU ties.