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.
Xi Jinping’s Military-Civil Fusion Project: A Conversation with Greg Levesque
In this episode, Greg Levesque joins us to discuss China’s Military-Civil Fusion (MCF) program. Mr. Levesque explains the central role of MCF in the Chinese Communist Party’s strategy to make China a world-class military power by 2049, and details the steps Beijing has taken thus far in integrating the military and civil sectors. He also highlights some of the challenges that China faces in its efforts to implement MCF. Finally, Mr. Levesque describes how MCF may pose a threat to US interests and offers recommendations for how the US and its allies can effectively respond.
Prospects for China’s Inclusion in Strategic Nuclear Talks: A Conversation with David Santoro
In this episode, Dr. David Santoro joins us to discuss the prospects for China joining a strategic nuclear dialogue, and what such a dialogue might achieve. Dr. Santoro maintains that China may be amenable to entering into bilateral talks with the US on strategic stability in the near term that could pave the way for trilateral nuclear talks with the US and Russia in the long run. He explains the challenges policymakers face in pulling China into an arms control agreement that aims at capping the number of Chinese nuclear weapons and delivery systems. Dr. Santoro also offers recommendations for how the US, China, and Russia can realistically make progress to narrow their differences on arms control going forward.
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.
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.
China and the Global Rare Earth Trade: A Conversation with Julie Klinger
In this episode, Dr. Julie Klinger joins us to discuss China’s dominance in the rare earths industry. She explains what rare earths are, how rare earth supply chains gradually moved to China, and the ways in which China has dealt with the environmental consequences of rare earth production. Dr. Klinger also addresses China’s efforts to diversify the rare earths supply chain and the potential for China to curtail rare earth shipments to the US as part of the ongoing trade war.