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 Booming E-Commerce Market: A Conversation with Jacob Cooke

In this episode, Jacob Cooke joins us to discuss the explosive growth of the e-commerce market in China and the rise of the Chinese digital consumer. Mr. Cooke examines China’s dominance in global e-commerce and how the market in China differs from markets in the US and around the world. He also examines the latest trends in e-commerce, including cross-border e-commerce, and their impact on China’s larger digital economy as well as its international image.

China’s Increasing Engagement with Africa: A Conversation with Joshua Eisenman

In this episode, Dr. Joshua Eisenman joins us to discuss China’s economic, political, and security interests in Africa, and the efforts it is making to achieve them. Dr. Eisenman analyzes China’s engagement on the continent through means such as the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the creation of a Chinese military base in Djibouti. He also discusses the validity of concerns about the ability of African countries to assert agency in their relationship with China. Finally, he touches on the variables that may determine the trajectory of China-Africa relations over the next decade.

Water Challenges Inside and Outside China’s Borders: A Conversation with Scott Moore

In the episode, Dr. Scott Moore joins us to discuss the challenges that China faces in securing its vast water needs. Dr. Moore details China’s efforts to respond to the major threats facing its water resource supply, including scarcity and pollution. He also addresses the impacts that cross-border water security dynamics have on China’s regional relationships, and the opportunities created by water-related projects like hydropower plants in Belt and Road Initiative partner countries.

Wuhan Goes Viral: A Conversation with Yanzhong Huang

In this episode, Dr. Yanzhong Huang joins us to discuss China’s efforts to control the spread of a coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China. Dr. Huang analyzes Beijing’s response to this outbreak in comparison to its management of the deadly SARS epidemic, and assesses how China has worked with the World Health Organization and the international community to contain the virus. He also explains the risks that the outbreak poses to the legitimacy of Chinese leadership and offers insights into how the government may improve its ability to prevent and respond to future health crises.

Re-calibrating the BRI: A Conversation with Wang Huiyao

In this episode, Dr. Wang Huiyao joins us to discuss the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China’s vision for the project as a global cooperative effort. Dr. Wang discusses how objectives for the project have evolved since it was first announced in 2013, and analyzes China’s efforts to drive greater investment and participation from the private sector as well as international institutions. He also explains China’s attempts at increasing the transparency of BRI projects in response to criticism and concerns voiced by the international community.

Friction in China-Czech Relations: A Conversation with Richard Turcsányi

In this episode, Dr. Richard Turcsányi joins us to discuss the ups and downs of China-Czech relations, as well as the attitudes within the Czech Republic toward China. Dr. Turcsányi explains the motivations behind the cancellation of the sister city agreement between Prague and Beijing, critical comments about China by the Czech intelligence agency, and China’s investment activities in the Czech Republic. He also discusses how Czech President Miloš Zeman struggles to balance his relationship with the domestic public and China.

China and the NBA Call a Timeout: A Conversation with Victor Cha

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha joins us to discuss the controversy surrounding China and the NBA, as well as the larger questions about Beijing’s treatment of foreign companies. Dr. Cha describes how the NBA incident has impacted American public opinion toward China, and how it compares to other situations where foreign companies have bowed to Chinese pressure when threatened with loss of access to Chinese markets. He also explains the concept of “predatory liberalism” and how Beijing is able to leverage it so effectively.

Debating China’s 5G Infrastructure in Europe: A Conversation with Janka Oertel

In this episode, Dr. Janka Oertel joins us to discuss the current debates in Europe surrounding the inclusion of Chinese technology in 5G infrastructure. Dr. Oertel discusses the potential risks and benefits of using Chinese 5G network equipment, as well as the different approaches countries in Europe are taking toward adopting this technology. She also offers her insights on how European policies on 5G might shape the broader Europe-China economic and political relationship moving forward.