Overseas visits by top officials are a critical component of diplomacy and soft power. This ChinaPower feature analyzes the foreign diplomatic travels of top Chinese officials, revealing unique insights into China’s foreign policy priorities.
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.
In this episode, Dr. Jeremy Youde joins us to discuss China’s evolving role in the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Youde outlines how China’s contributions to the WHO have changed over time, and highlights its main sources of influence in the organization. He also explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed some of the challenges that the WHO and the international community face when working with China. Finally, he explores the risk that Taiwan’s exclusion from the WHO poses to global health, and offers insights on Taiwan’s prospects for achieving a greater role in the organization following COVID-19.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this episode, Dr. Courtney Fung joins us to discuss China’s role and actions as a United Nations Security Council permanent member, including its “status dilemma” in the UN, voting and veto records, and evolving position on the Responsibility to Protect. Dr. Fung addresses China’s significant interest in UN Peacekeeping Operations and its desire to play a larger role in global governance. She also offers insights on how China may become a more active participant in the UN, as well as whether China will support UN reform.