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China’s Growing Presence in the Pacific Islands: A Conversation with Anna Powles

In this episode, Dr. Anna Powles joins us to discuss China’s growing presence in the Pacific region. Dr. Powles analyzes the geopolitical and security concerns of China’s deepening involvement in the region, as well as the consequences of competition between regional powers. She also addresses the complexities of China’s strategic, economic, and diplomatic interests and implications for the future strategic balance of the region.

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.

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.