Selling China’s Story

ChinaTalk | 7 November 2021 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Maggie Baughman about how the Chinese government uses Western social media to promote their desired image of China internationally. Discusses how she used public procurement data to identify the companies helping the Chinese government; the scale of the revenues involved; how Facebook benefits from this; and how China’s messaging contrasts with other countries.

How Abe Reshaped Japan

ChinaTalk | 26 July 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Tobias Harris about his book The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan. Discusses the dramatic rise, fall, and rise again to power of Abe Shinzo; how he reshaped governance in Japan through bureaucratic reform; and how he managed relations with the US and China.

Larry Summers on China

ChinaTalk | 1 July 2021 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Larry Summers on China. Discusses whether China is different; whether secular stagnation applies to China; how Chinese economic policymakers have changed over time; whether industrial policy should be a thing; and how American academia should navigate its relationship with China.

DARPA and How to R&D Right

ChinaTalk | 9 June 2021 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ben Reinhardt exploring how institutions foster innovation. Includes the history of corporate research labs; their dependency on monopoly-like high company margins; incentive problems with academia- and venture-based research; factors behind DARPA’s success; why NASA wasted the past two decades; how administrative forces fetter high-variance research; and what needs to be subtracted from the US research ecosystem.

Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise

ChinaTalk | 9 April 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Scott Rozelle about his book Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise, co-authored with Natalie Hell. Discusses how China’s 900 million-strong low-income population will decide China’s future development path; parallels with Mexico’s development; why it is easy to solve poverty but not low income; why local governments don’t spend enough on rural education and health; and how the relationship between academia and government has changed from the Hu Jintao-era to the Xi Jinping-era.

To The Quad! The Origins of “Indo-Pacific”

ChinaTalk | 13 March 2021 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rory Medcalf about his book Indo-Pacific Empire: China, America and the Contest for the World’s Pivotal Region. Discusses 15th-century Korean maps, the promise of the 1947 Asian Relations Conference, Australia and India’s shifting conceptions of their place in the region, the origins of the Quad (US, Japan, Australia-India Quadrilateral Security Dialogue), and China-Australia relations.

Adam Tooze and Matt Klein on Trade Wars are Class Wars

ChinaTalk | 11 March 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Adam Tooze and Matt Klein discuss Klein’s book Trade Wars Are Class Wars. Discusses Ricardo’s comparative advantage in a globalized age, why Stalin’s embrace of “socialism in one country” was a response to the hegemonic power of British (and American) capital, whether a Bolshevik Revolution is the best way to solve global inequality, how intra-elite conflict drives sovereignty-limiting engagement in international organizations, vaccines, Europe’s carbon markets, Keynes’ “bancor”, the Strategic Shiraz Reserve, and more.

Rethinking Industrial Policy…and Everything Else

ChinaTalk | 17 February 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jose Luis Ricón Fernández de la Puente of the blog nintil.com. Discusses whether the state invented the iPhone, if the trends of history are pointing Taiwan’s direction, why the way we fund science is broken, what mass conversions to Mormonism would mean for the American economy, and how to live forever.