Reporting From a Rising China – Edward Wong
UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
by UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
2w ago
Western media presence in China has been vastly reduced since February 2020, the consequence both of political tensions and the Covid-19 pandemic. As the Chinese government finally begins to dismantle its “zero-Covid” policy in December 2022, the prospect of Western journalists returning to on-the-ground reporting from China appears more promising than it has in years. In this episode, Neysun Mahboubi discusses with Edward Wong, who reported from China for The New York Times from 2008-2016 and served as Beijing bureau chief, the narrative-defining stories he covered in those years, which so mu ..read more
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U.S. Human Rights Policy Towards China – Amy Gadsden
UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
by UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
10M ago
While the Chinese government’s actions in Xinjiang and Hong Kong lately have been the subject of particular scrutiny from U.S. policymakers, systematic attention to China’s human rights practices, more broadly, has been a consistent feature of U.S. policy towards China in recent decades, through successive Democratic and Republican administrations. In this episode, Neysun Mahboubi discusses with Amy Gadsden, a leading expert on human rights in China, the background to why human rights came to be such a major factor in U.S.-China relations, and how this portfolio of issues does (and should) rel ..read more
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China's Overseas NGO Law – Mark Sidel
UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
by UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
1y ago
In recent years, and especially under the administration of Xi Jinping, the Chinese government has “securitized” all manner of relationships between its citizens and outsiders. An important marker of this trend, which continues to generate intense concern, was the 2016 passage of the Overseas NGO Law, a new legal framework for managing the domestic Chinese operations of nonprofit and educational institutions based abroad. In this episode, Neysun Mahboubi discusses with Mark Sidel, one of the preeminent authorities on the nonprofit sector and philanthropy in China, why and how the Overseas NGO ..read more
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China's Rise and IR Theory – Yan Xuetong
UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
by UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
2y ago
No foreign policy topic currently garners more attention in the United States than its relationship with China, especially in light of China’s rise over the past few decades as an economic, technological, military, and strategic power and rival.  In this episode, Neysun Mahboubi discusses with Yan Xuetong, one of China’s leading experts on international relations, how China’s rise, and its ever more complex and fraught relationship with the United States, look from a domestic Chinese perspective, and through the lens of Professor Yan’s distinctive work on IR theory.  The episode was ..read more
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China’s Domestic Security Under Xi Jinping – Sheena Chestnut Greitens
UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
by UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
2y ago
One of the hallmarks of Xi Jinping’s tenure as China’s leader, since 2012, has been the notable strengthening of the state’s coercive architecture, through which it endeavors to control Chinese society.  In particular, Xi Jinping’s administration has substantially restructured the legal and institutional frameworks underpinning China’s domestic security, while also tightening central discipline over security personnel, and pioneering new technology-based methods for surveillance and social control.  In this episode, Neysun Mahboubi discusses with Sheena Chestnut Greitens, a leading e ..read more
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Unpacking the Present Crisis in US-China Relations – Ryan Hass
UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
by UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
3y ago
Whatever the likelihood or implications of a potential truce in the US-China trade war, it seems clear that the overall relationship between the two countries has lately entered into a new, more harder-edged phase, defined by competition and perhaps even conflict in multiple areas: economic, technological, ideological, strategic, and conceivably military as well.  In the United States, heated debates over US-China relations look not just to the present or future, but reach back to past attitudes and choices as well, even questioning the basic wisdom of the past 40 years of engagement with Chin ..read more
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The Rule of Law in Hong Kong (Part Two) – Johannes Chan
UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
by UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
3y ago
Dramatic protests in Hong Kong over the past four months, initially over a now-withdrawn draft law that would permit extraditions to mainland China, have brought to worldwide attention broader fears amongst Hong Kong residents that their city is losing its distinctive legal and political characteristics, that were supposedly to be preserved under Chinese rule, according to the principle of “One Country, Two Systems”.  A critical juncture in Hong Kong’s fascinating history appears to have been reached, with ramifications extending far beyond the city itself.  In this special two-part episode, N ..read more
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The Rule of Law in Hong Kong (Part One) – Johannes Chan
UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
by UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
3y ago
Dramatic protests in Hong Kong this month, over a draft law that would permit extraditions to mainland China, underscore broader fears amongst Hong Kong residents that their city is losing its distinctive legal and political characteristics, that were supposedly to be preserved under Chinese rule, according to the principle of “One Country, Two Systems”.  A critical juncture in Hong Kong’s fascinating history appears to be fast approaching, with ramifications extending far beyond the city itself.  In this special two-part episode, Neysun Mahboubi discusses with Hong Kong University law profess ..read more
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How to Be a Sensitive China Watcher – Kaiser Kuo
UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
by UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
4y ago
Today, the reality and consequences of China’s rise have come to dominate news headlines the world over.  Along with China’s rise have come rising tensions, with the United States and other countries, that further reinforce current spiking interest in better understanding China’s story, in all its different facets.  Given the stakes, there may never have been a more important time for us to think about “how” we think about China, whether as professional “China watchers” or more casual observers.  In this episode, Neysun Mahboubi discusses with Kaiser Kuo, host of the Sinica Podcast, precepts f ..read more
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Chinese Governance Under Xi Jinping – Victor Shih
UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
by UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China
4y ago
Despite little foreshadowing before he took office, President Xi Jinping has emerged as perhaps the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong.  This was reinforced in March 2018 when China’s National People’s Congress voted overwhelmingly to abolish presidential term limits, as had been stipulated under the 1982 PRC Constitution, a feature which had been understood to be critical to the new political settlement after the Cultural Revolution.  In this episode, Neysun Mahboubi discusses with UC San Diego political scientist Victor Shih the implications of Xi Jinping’s apparent longterm rule ..read more
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