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Sinica Podcast: Party Congress Preview

October 27, 2012

You know you’ve hit the big time in China when you’re invited as a guest on Kaiser Kuo’s Sinica Podcast.  This week, I joined Kaiser’s co-host Jeremy Goldkorn of for a discussion about China’s upcoming leadership transition.  I really recommend listening to the 45-minute session, not so much for my own comments — which will be familiar to anyone who regularly reads this blog — but for the great stories and insights from my two fellow guests, John Garnaut of  the Sydney Morning Herald and Jamil Anderlini of the Financial Times, both of whom have just published brand new books on the Bo Xilai scandal.  You can listen to the podcast here or download it here.

While you are listening, I highly suggest you check out the provided links, including the China Economic Review article I wrote in 2010 (and mentioned in the podcast) on why China needs a new “Southern Tour,” as well as the “primer” on China’s leadership transition I wrote last year, which Kaiser was kind enough to plug as his “reading recommendation” for the week.  You can also listen to (and link to) my own recommendations, which focus on the impact the receding Arctic ice cap and cheap U.S. natural gas could have on China (and the world).

Of course, we recorded our conversation before the New York Times published its taboo-shattering expose on the hidden fortune controlled by Premier Wen Jiabao’s family members, otherwise I suspect it would have ranked high among our discussion topics.  Note, however, that I did mention the issue — including Mrs. Wen’s connection to the diamond trade — in my “primer” (which is just one reason I suspect that article, and now this entire blog, is blocked in China).

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2012 3:26 pm

    It was great having you on the show! Really looking forward to having you back on again, perhaps in a mano a mano with Arthur Kroeber.

  2. Robert permalink
    October 30, 2012 3:00 pm

    Hi I have many connections with China and am an avid reader of your blog and tweets. I cannot understand how it is you are still working at the University?! Everyday I half expect to read that they have thrown you out! Anyway until that (inevitably?) happens, thank you for all your insight!

  3. Steve W from Ford permalink
    October 31, 2012 1:49 pm

    Sorry to hear you are blocked in China. Authoritarian regimes continue to kill off just what they most need- open and unbiased critique.

  4. ajax151 permalink
    November 10, 2012 9:44 pm

    >Sorry to hear you are blocked in China. Authoritarian regimes continue to kill off just what they most need- open and **unbiased critique.**

    Good joke mate. I think the term unbiased has become an abused byword in American discourse for “what I agree with, and so therefore has more validity”.

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