Episode 36: EP36 - 2024 Taiwan Elections in Context
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5d ago
After one of the most dramatic presidential campaigns in Taiwan’s history, January 13, 2024 saw the election of Taiwan's William Lai Ching-te of the Democratic Progressive. Stepping into this leadership position, Lai, who currently serves as vice president, will have to address a number of foreign policy challenges. They include: a deteriorating relationship with the People’s Republic of China; a United States interested in preventing a cross-Strait conflict; and countries around the globe seeking the expansion of Taiwan’s semiconductor industry. For the next four years, Taipei will likely con ..read more
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Episode 35: EP35 Regional vs. Regime Security: Third Parties & the False Choice between the US & China with Isaac Kardon & Sheena Greitens
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by China and the World Program
5d ago
Why do countries pursue security partnerships with the People's Republic of China?  In particular, why do we observe countries seeking security relationships with both the United States and the PRC?  Conventional wisdom argues that countries "don't want to choose" because they look to China for economics and the U.S. for security, but an increasing number of countries are choosing to pursue security partnerships with both countries simultaneously. What explains these cases?  We argue that the nature of the security goods provided by the US are different from those provided by th ..read more
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Episode 34: EP34 - 'How China Shapes its Reviews in UN Human Rights Regime' with CWP fellow Lucie Lu
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by China and the World Program
2M ago
Research to date has shown that the international human rights regime is politicized. Despite claiming to uphold the normative standard, states tend to review their allies’ human rights records less harshly than those of their adversaries. I argue that the politicized human rights regime is a product of the major powers exploiting the review system. How can a major power like China improve its standing in the international human rights regime without improving its domestic compliance record? I demonstrate that China, a major power with little intention to comply with liberal-based norms, can u ..read more
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Episode 33: EP33 - 'The Logic of Technology Transfer Policy in Rising China' with CWP Fellow John Minnich
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by China and the World Program
2M ago
Technology transfer policies have long been an important and controversial element in China's foreign economic policy toolkit. What explains Chinese authorities' use of these measures, and why do they refrain from issuing them in some strategic high-technology sectors? I examine China's efforts to accelerate its economic rise through technology extractors, defined as policies that condition foreign market access on technology transfers to domestic firms. I argue weak enforcement capacity and China’s position in global value chains (GVCs) constrain its bargaining power over foreign investors, l ..read more
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Episode 32: EP32 - 'The Construction of China’s National Interest between top-down rule and societal debate' - with C&WP fellow Sabine Mokry
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3M ago
The return of strongmen politics exemplified by Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin has led many to question whether societal actors can influence the foreign policy of authoritarian regimes. Nevertheless, despite tightening authoritarian rule, there are vibrant societal debates about foreign policy in China. Scholars have identified societal actors capable of influencing China’s foreign policy. Some have even uncovered channels through which these actors can exert influence. However, the conditions under which Chinese societal actors shape China’s foreign policy are yet to be fully uncovered. The f ..read more
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Episode 31: EP31 - 'The War in Ukraine and the Sino-Russian Partnership' with Elizabeth Wishnick
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by China and the World Program
3M ago
Abstract: Professor Wishnick will discuss her findings from published and forthcoming research on the war in Ukraine and Sino-Russian relations.  Her presentation will address what the war tells us about the parameters of a partnership that has been portrayed as “without limits” and explore the drivers of this relationship.  Although the war has been counterproductive for Chinese interests in many respects, Xi Jinping has stood by Vladimir Putin. Professor Wishnick will draw some conclusions about the domestic and geopolitical factors underpinning Xi’s continued support for Putin ..read more
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Episode 30: EP30 - 'The War over Chinese Talent in the U.S.' with David Zweig
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4M ago
Abstract: How to overcome the “brain drain?” In 1999, Meyer et. al. proposed the “Diaspora Option,” where developing states mobilize their overseas nationals for help in development. In the mid-1990s, China’s hope for a “reverse brain drain” of overseas scientists, academics and entrepreneurs stalled. So, in 2001, Jiang Zemin introduced China’s Diaspora Option, labelled, “serving the country” (为国服务) without “returning to the country” (回国服务). Party/State efforts include a wide array of programs to encourage overseas talent to transfer their knowledge to China. Institutions, such as hospitals, u ..read more
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Episode 29: EP29 'Breaking the Dollar's Monopoly: How China's Regional De-Dollarization Initiative is Reshaping International Finance' with Zongyuan Zoe Liu
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5M ago
Abstract: China has been systematically developing renminbi-based financial infrastructures for nearly a decade. Initially, these measures aimed to facilitate a smoother international use of the renminbi, but recent events have promoted Chinese policymakers to accelerate such efforts despite that they have been cautiously against the idea of hastily internationalizing the renminbi. Deteriorating U.S.-China relations since the U.S.-China trade war and the West’s unprecedented collective sanctions against Russia following Putin’s war against Ukraine have driven China to hedge against the risk of ..read more
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Episode 28: 'Making sense of how we make sense of Chinese Foreign Policy' with Todd Hall, University of Oxford
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5M ago
A plethora of work on Chinese foreign policy has sought to decipher what China wants, what its strategies are, and how it implements (or fails to implement) its designs. These efforts have produced a number of sophisticated analyses that provide valuable insights into various aspects of Chinese international behaviour. Nonetheless, these advances in our knowledge have taken place against the background of an increasingly fragmented field. Indeed, there seems to be a widening degree of divergence between the conclusions of various analysts and scholars. Some see China pursuing long-term plans w ..read more
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Episode 27: C&WP And SIWPS Joint Conference
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1y ago
The China and the World Annual Conference. Held in 2023 at Columbia University ..read more
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