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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.

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.

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.

Xi-Modi Summit in Chennai, India: A Conversation with Tanvi Madan

In this episode, Dr. Tanvi Madan joins us to discuss Xi Jinping’s October 2019 meeting with Narendra Modi in India, as well as how China-India relations have evolved since their Wuhan Summit in 2018. Dr. Madan analyzes the major strategic and economic factors that are shaping the bilateral relationship, and how US policy toward India affects Sino-Indian ties. She also addresses existing points of contention between the two countries, including disputes over the Kashmir region and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

China’s Push to Reform Global Governance: A Conversation with Melanie Hart

In this episode, Dr. Melanie Hart joins us to discuss China’s growing influence and ambitions within the global governance system. Dr. Hart addresses the key reasons behind China’s dissatisfaction with the current order, and how this has shaped its approach to adopting a leadership role in global governance reform. She also assesses the efficacy of China’s efforts and how liberal states should respond.

China’s Emerging New-Energy Vehicle Industry: A Conversation with Scott Kennedy

In this episode, Dr. Scott Kennedy joins us to discuss the new-energy vehicle (NEV) industry in China and the challenges it faces domestically and from abroad. Dr. Kennedy presents the key findings from his recent report entitled “China’s Risky Drive into New-Energy Vehicles” and assesses the environmental impact of NEVs. He also discusses the capabilities and vulnerabilities of this emerging industry in China.

China and Russia’s Converging Interests: A Conversation with Alexander Gabuev

In this episode, Mr. Alexander Gabuev joins us to discuss recent developments in China’s relations with Russia and the future trajectory of Sino-Russian ties. He analyzes the ways in which Beijing and Moscow have increased strategic and diplomatic cooperation to further their respective national and geopolitical objectives. Mr. Gabuev also addresses areas of disagreement in the relationship and challenges faced by both parties as they continue to deepen bilateral ties in the face of mounting security and economic pressures.