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ChinaTalk: How Huarong Explains China's Creaky Financial System

What is Huarong and why do its struggles explain the central contradictions of China's financial system?

To discuss, Logan Wright of Rhodium joins the show. In the first ten minutes, Logan catches us up on the news of the week. Then in the following hour, I rerun an episode we recorded together in late 2018 discussing his report Credit and Credibility, which explains why the big one hasn't hit yet.

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ChinaTalk: Bo Xilai and How Xi Learned from the Chongqing Model

What was the Chongqing Model and why does it still matter?

Yueran Zhang, a PhD student in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses. We talk about how Bo Xilai utilized mass mobilization against his enemies in the central government and China’s labor movements, and the significance of the 2018 Jasic protests.


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

Scott Rozelle (legend, Stanford professor, co-director of the Stanford Center on China's Economy and Institutions) joins ChinaTalk to discuss his recent book, "Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise," co-authored with Natalie Hell. We discuss how China’s 900 million-strong low-income population will decide China’s future development path. Is China is the next Mexico? Why is it easy to solve poverty but not low income? Why don’t local governments spend enough on rural education and health?


ChinaTalk: Japan's China Challeng‪e‬

To discuss, ChinaTalk assembled two of my favorite Japanese think-tankers, Yuka Koshino, a research fellow at the UK think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and Akira Igata, the executive director at the Tama University-affiliated Center for Rule-making Strategy (CRS). Joshua Fitt of The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) cohosts.

Thanks to CNAS for making this show possible.

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