Reform and Opening with Soviet Characteristics: Russian Perspectives on China’s Rise

ChinaEconTalk | 15 August 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Miller, a specialist on Russian politics, economics, and foreign policy. Compares and contrasts the Soviet and Chinese economic and political reform programs in the 1970s and 80s. Draws lessons for the future of Chinese politics and the ongoing Sino-Russian relationship.

From Beijing to Cairo: Peter Hessler and the Craft of Foreign Correspondence

ChinaEconTalk | 7 June 2019 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Hessler comparing his time as a foreign correspondent in China and Egypt. Discusses the society, politics, and culture of these two dynamic nations; and considers the similarities and differences in the ways the Chinese and Egyptian people make sense of their respective places in the world based on their rich historical and cultural legacies. Also reflects on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, contrasting it with the 2013 mass protests and eventual coup d’état in Cairo.

The Hardscrabble Business of Chinese Manufacturing in Africa

HBR IdeaCast | 7 November 2017 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Irene Yuan Sun, author of The Next Factory of the World: How Chinese Investment Is Reshaping Africa. Explains why so many Chinese entrepreneurs are setting up factories in Africa. Describes what it’s like inside these factories, who works there, what they’re making – and how this emerging manufacturing sector is industrializing Africa.

What the West Got Wrong About China

The Daily | 4 December 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The West was certain that China would not pull off its economic experiment. That certainty came from a set of assumptions about how societies function and political freedoms emerge: that economic freedom required political freedom and that the internet would undermine party authority. But those assumptions proved wrong — and China became stronger than ever.

Blacklisted In China

Planet Money | 26 October 2018 | 0h 20m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Describes China’s experiment developing a social credit score, which expands beyond financial credit to such things as work and traffic behaviours in order to help people trust each other more. Low scores effectively blacklist you from society.