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The Galwan Valley Clash and China’s Approach to Sovereignty Disputes: A Conversation with M. Taylor Fravel

In this episode, Dr. M. Taylor Fravel joins us to discuss the June 2020 deadly clash along the China-India border and China’s broader approach to sovereignty disputes. Dr. Fravel assesses China’s role in the incident, and analyzes what China’s increased willingness to aggressively advance its interests on sovereignty-related issues signifies about the changing nature of Chinese foreign policy. He also explains the potential role of the COVID-19 pandemic in Beijing’s decision-making in territorial and maritime disputes, and examines China’s potential reaction if the Galwan Valley incident pushes India closer to the US.

What’s Driving China’s Smart City Development?: A Conversation with Alice Ekman

In this episode, Dr. Alice Ekman joins us to discuss China’s smart cities and their impact on technological innovation and infrastructure development. Dr. Ekman explains Beijing’s motives behind its support for smart cities, illustrating the potential economic and political domestic benefits while illuminating the international reach of China’s surveillance model. Finally, she explains the potential risks posed by China’s smart city plans, and how the US and other countries should adapt and react to China’s efforts.

Strategic Shift Underway in UK Relations with China: A Conversation with Charles Parton

In this episode, Charles Parton joins us to discuss China’s evolving relationship with the United Kingdom following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. Mr. Parton examines how the UK’s strategic thought toward China has changed over the past decade, and describes how London has only recently awoken to the potential threat China poses to its interests. He also offers insights into what an effective UK approach toward China could look like going forward and outlines steps the UK could take to develop a China strategy that safeguards the UK’s national interests.

China’s Standard-Setting Agenda: A Conversation with Emily de La Bruyère

In this episode, Emily de La Bruyère joins us to discuss China’s push to set international technical standards for the next generation of emerging technologies. Ms. de La Bruyère explains Beijing’s motives behind its China Standards 2035 plan, as well as the major industries and technologies that stand to be most affected by it. She also discusses how the plan relates to other policies and initiatives like Made in China 2025 and Military-Civil Fusion. Finally, she explains the potential risks posed by China’s standard-setting agenda, and how the US and other countries should respond to China’s push to dominate standard-setting in emerging high technologies.

Unveiling China’s Digital Currency Goals: A Conversation with Kevin Desouza

In this episode, Dr. Kevin Desouza joins us to discuss China’s plans to create a national digital currency. Dr. Desouza explains Beijing’s underlying motivations for developing its own Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), and how it aligns with China’s broader goal to become a leader in technology and innovation. He highlights the key benefits of using digital currencies and the possible effects on the Chinese economy, as well as discusses the potential impact of COVID-19 on the roll-out of a CBDC in China.

China’s Arctic Ambitions: A Conversation with Anne-Marie Brady

In this episode, Dr. Anne-Marie Brady joins us to discuss China’s growing influence in the Arctic region, where melting sea ice has uncovered a new theater of geopolitical competition. Dr. Brady breaks down China’s priorities in the region, including its economic, scientific, and security interests, and details its engagement with other Arctic states. She also offers recommendations for how countries can better understand—and therefore respond to—China’s Arctic ambitions.

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.

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.