NCUSCR Videos and Podcasts

National Committee videos and podcasts feature discussion, analysis, and information on a range of issues from leading experts on U.S.-China relations from both sides of the Pacific.

NCUSCR's video channel is available through YouTube.

The National Committee China Podcast Series features brief interviews with experts on select topics and developing issues. The Public Programs Podcast Series includes longer programs drawn from the National Committee's in-depth public programs.


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China Podcast Series

Markets Over Mao with Nicholas Lardy

China's transition to a market economy has propelled its remarkable economic growth since the late 1970s. In his book Markets Over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China, Nicholas R. Lardy, one of the world's foremost experts on the Chinese economy, traces the increasing role of market forces and refutes the widely advanced argument that Chinese economic progress rests on the government's control of the economy's "commanding heights." Markets Over Mao offers powerfully persuasive evidence that the major sources of China's growth in the future will be market-rather than state-driven, with private firms providing the major source of economic growth, the sole source of job creation, and the major contributor to China's still growing role as a global trader.

China's Second Continent with Howard French

Prizewinning foreign correspondent Howard French tells the story of China in Africa in China’s Second Continent: How a million migrants are building a new empire in Africa. Through meticulous on-the-ground reporting conducted in Mandarin, French, and Portuguese, among other languages, French creates a multi-leveled picture through discussion not only on policy-shaping leaders and diplomats, but also with the ordinary men and women navigating the street-level realities of cooperation, prejudice, corruption, and opportunity forged by this important geopolitical development.

Can China Lead? with William Kirby

William C. Kirby is T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University and Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. A historian of modern China, Professor Kirby's work examines China's business, economic, and political development in an international context. Can China Lead?: Reaching the Limits of Power and Growth asserts that while China has experienced remarkable economic growth in recent decades, it now faces major challenges--tests that could shift the country's political and economic trajectory. A lack of accountability, transparency, and ease of operating in China, combined with growing evidence of high-level corruption, has made domestic and foreign business people increasingly wary of the "China model."

Powerful Patriots with Jessica Chen Weiss

Join National Committee Senior Director for Education Programs Margot Landman as she interviews Jessica Chen Weiss, assistant professor of political science at Yale, about her book, Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China’s Foreign Relations. Dr. Weiss discusses Chinese government management of nationalist, anti-foreign protests and their diplomatic consequences from 1985 to 2012. She argues that official response ranges from repression to tolerance to facilitation of such protests - in ways that might surprise the listener.

'Leftover' Women with Leta Hong Fincher

Join National Committee Senior Director for Education Programs Margot Landman as she interviews Leta Hong Fincher, a former journalist who just completed her doctorate in sociology at Tsinghua University in Beijing, about her book, 'Leftover' Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China. Dr. Hong Fincher reflects on the campaign in place since 2007 to persuade young urban, educated Chinese women to marry by the age of 25 - or 27 or 30 at the latest - or risk being "leftover," and thus incapable of finding a suitable - or any - husband.

Mutual Misperceptions of China and the United States with Zha Daojiong

Join National Committee President Stephen Orlins as he explores the perils of misperception between China and the United States with Zha Daojiong, professor of international political economy at the School of International Studies of Peking University and Arthur Ross Fellow at the Asia Society in New York for the summer of 2014.

Age of Ambition with Evan Osnos

Evan Osnos, a correspondent based in Beijing for eight years, discusses his views on China’s rise and his new book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, with National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

The Role of American NGOs in China’s Modernization with Norton Wheeler

Norton Wheeler, associate professor at Missouri Southern State University, is interviewed by National Committee Vice President Jan Berris about his new book, The Role of American NGOs in China’s Modernization: Invited Influence. Dr. Wheeler explores the impact of American NGOs on education, environment, fiscal policy, and civil society in China, using three case studies: the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, the 1990 Institute, and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Heart of Buddha, Heart of China: The Life of Tanxu, a Twentieth Century Monk

Join National Committee Senior Director for Education Programs Margot Landman as she interviews James Carter, professor of history at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, about his book, Heart of Buddha, Heart of China. Dr. Carter reflects on renowned monk Tanxu as an individual, a Buddhist, and a nationalist whose life spanned the tremendous upheavals in China from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century.

Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge with Andrew Mertha

Join Andrew Mertha (associate professor of Government at Cornell) as he discusses his new book Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge 1975-79. When the Khmer Rouge came to power in Cambodia in 1975, they inherited a war-ravaged and internationally isolated country. Pol Pot's government espoused of self-reliance, but Democratic Kampuchea depended on Chinese foreign aid and technical assistance. In a markedly asymmetrical relationship between a modernizing, nuclear power and a virtually pre-modern state, China was largely unable to influence Cambodian politics or policy.

Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping with David Lampton

Join National Committee President Stephen Orlins as he interviews David M. Lampton, George and Sadie Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, as they discuss Lampton’s new book, Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping. Dr. Lampton shares his insights on the Chinese leadership, the influence of Chinese leaders after their retirements, political reform in China, and other topics.

Striving for Rule of Law in China with He Weifang

Professor He Weifang, preeminent legal scholar on the rule of law and judicial independence at Beijing University, discusses the status of the rule of law in China and provides his insights into the challenging path of legal reform over the last three decades. He points out the existing problems with the current Chinese legal system and recommends constructive measures to reform the system by loosening the Party’s control of the judiciary. Despite the many obstacles he outlines, he remains hopeful on progress for rule of law in China.

Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China with Stephen Roach

Join National Committee President Stephen Orlins as he interviews Dr. Stephen Roach on his new book, Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China. They discuss tensions in the bilateral economic relationship and the potential for greater cooperation. Dr. Roach is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and School of Management. He was formerly chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia.

Sino-Japanese Relations after the Cold War with Michael Yahuda

Since the end of the Cold War, China and Japan have faced each other as powers of relatively equal strength for the first time in their long history. As the two great powers of East Asia, the way they both compete and cooperate with each other, and the way they conduct their relations in the new era, will play a big part in the evolution of the region as a whole. Interviewed by National Committee Vice President Jan Berris, Professor Michael Yahuda discusses his new book Sino-Japanese Relations after the Cold War: Two Tigers Sharing a Mountain, which explores the ways in which politics have shaped the thinking about history and identity in both China and Japan and explains the role political leadership in each country has played in shaping their respective nationalisms.

Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished Its Version of Re-Education Through Labor with Jerome A. Cohen and Margaret K. Lewis

Interviewed by National Committee President Steve Orlins, Professors Cohen and Lewis discuss the findings of their new book, Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished Its Version of Re-Education Through Labor. Their work draws attention to an under-appreciated aspect of legal reforms in Taiwan and asks how Taiwan's experience might be relevant to its neighbor across the Taiwan Strait. (Note that this interview was conducted before the announcement at the Third Plenum that Re-education through Labor will be abolished.)

China and the World’s Energy Future with David Sandalow

David Sandalow, the Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, and former Assistant Secretary of Energy, discusses why the world’s energy future is being shaped in China. The interview with National Committee Senior Consultant David Youtz explores China’s dramatic energy statistics, the importance of U.S.-China dialogue and cooperation, and the ripple effects of North America’s predicted “energy independence.”

What Remains: Coming to Terms with Civil War in 19th Century China with Tobie Meyer-Fong

Interviewed by National Committee Senior Director for Education Programs Margot Landman, Tobie Meyer-Fong discusses her new book, What Remains: Coming to Terms with Civil War in 19th Century China. Meyer-Fong explores the human impact of the Taiping Rebellion, in which some 30 million people died, on those who remained after the fighting ended; how did individuals, families and communities grapple with fundamental questions of loyalty and loss as they struggled to rebuild shattered cities, bury the dead, and make sense of the horrors they had seen?

In Line Behind a Billion People with Damien Ma and William Adams

Interviewed by National Committee President Steve Orlins, Damien Ma and William Adams discuss their new book, In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China’s Ascent in the Next Decade. China will soon have the world’s largest economy, but Ma and Adams argue that China’s economic growth will constrain it, not empower it, as they believe that China will continue to be shaped by scarcity as has been the case for much of its history.

Environmental Law in China with Alex Wang

Professor Alex Wang (UCLA) discusses how the Chinese Party-state has primarily used top-down bureaucratic targets, rather than laws and regulations, to pursue its environmental protection goals in the last few years. This approach has motivated local bureaucrats to take action, but not always in ways intended or desired. Read more in his recent paper in the Harvard Environmental Law Review.

The China Fallacy with Donald Gross

Donald Gross, senior associate at Pacific Forum CSIS, discusses his book The China Fallacy: How the U.S. Can Benefit from China's Rise and Avoid Another Cold War with National Committee Vice President Jan Berris. Gross warns against attempts to contain China. He calls, instead, for a stable peace with China that will bring greater American and Chinese prosperity consistent with principles for good Sino-American relations advanced by presidents from Nixon onward.

Hydropower on the Lancang (Upper Mekong) River and Geopolitics with Darrin Magee

China has big plans for hydropower development on the Lancang (Upper Mekong) River, which after flowing south out of Yunnan Province traverses Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Find out about these plans and the implications for relations between China and its downriver neighbors on this NCUSCR China podcast.

Changing Contours of China's Civil Society with Shawn Shieh

Commentators have long debated whether the space for civil society is growing or shrinking in China, or whether the concept of civil society is even relevant to China. But to many of those working in the civil society sector in China, the picture is quite clear. Two major trends are emerging in China's civil society space: the rapid growth of grassroots NGOs and the increased use of public advocacy, carried out by actors ranging from NGO networks to microbloggers. Shawn Shieh has developed these from two China Development Brief publications released earlier this year that together show an increasingly pluralistic and informed civil society acting to bring attention to, and help ameliorate, the many problems stemming from China’s rapid growth.

Transforming China's Cities with Dr. Jiang Lin

China is undergoing the largest migration in human history: Since the mid-1980s, roughly 300 million people have moved from China's countryside into its cities; between now and 2025, its expected that another 300 million Chinese will make their ways in. Without appropriate urban planning, design, and construction focused on sustainable development, the consequences of this massive urbanization could be dire for China and the world.

The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo with Scott Seligman

Chinese in America endured abuse and discrimination in the late 19th century, but they had a leader and a fighter in Wong Chin Foo (1847–1898), whose story is a forgotten chapter in the struggle for equal rights in America. The first to use the term “Chinese American ” – it was the name he gave to New York’s first Chinese-language newspaper – Wong defended his compatriots against malicious scapegoating and urged them to become Americanized to win their rights. A trailblazer and a born showman who proclaimed himself China’s first Confucian missionary to the United States, he founded America’s first association of Chinese voters in New York and testified before Congress to get laws that denied them citizenship repealed. Wong challenged Americans to live up to the principles they freely espoused but failed to apply to the Chinese in their midst. This evocative biography is the first book-length account of the life and times of one of America’s most famous Chinese—and one of its earliest campaigners for racial equality.

Chas Freeman: China, America and the Shifting Balance of Prestige

When President Richard M. Nixon met with Chairman Mao Zedong in Beijing in February 1972, at his side was a young U.S. diplomat serving as his principal interpreter: Chas W. Freeman, Jr. had started studying Mandarin (and Taiwan’s dialect, Minnan) in Taiwan three years earlier; and he spent much of his long diplomatic career specializing in China, including Taiwan. In Interesting Times, Ambassador Freeman brings a broad and well-informed historical perspective to his analysis of the issues that have confronted the world’s two most powerful countries over the last four decades.

Civil Society in China - Historical Legacies and the Latest Developments: Karla Simon

Professor Karla Simon, co-director of the Center for International Social Development at Catholic University of America and an affiliated scholar at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at New York University School of Law, discusses her most recent book, Civil Society in China: The Legal Framework from Ancient Times to the “New Reform Era”.

The Silk Road in History and Today: James Millward

James Millward (Georgetown University), author most recently of The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction, discusses with National Committee Senior Director for Education Margot Landman the background of the Silk Road, what (other than silk) traveled along it, and its contemporary role and uses in China and Central Asia.

Public Programs Podcasts

The following is a selection of the many podcasts of NCUSCR public programs on a range of issues. The entire public program podcast selection is available here.

Teleconference on the Fourth Plenum with Carl Minzner

The Fourth Plenum of the 18th Party Congress in October 2014 focused on the rule of law. On November 3, the National Committee convened a discussion with Carl Minzner, professor at the Fordham University School of Law. In an on-the-record teleconference moderated by NCUSCR President Steve Orlins, the two reflected on the Fourth Plenum and its implications for the development of China's legal system and governance. A question and answer session followed the speakers' remarks.

 The Revisiting the Sunnylands Summit: Ambassadors Roy and Bader

Not since Nixon met Mao in ’72 have the top leaders from the United States and China engaged in such extended informal discussions as they did last week at Sunnylands. On Thursday, June 13, at 5 p.m. EDT, the National Committee offered a discussion with two of the United States’ most thoughtful and best informed China watchers, Ambassadors J. Stapleton Roy and Jeffrey Bader. In an on-the-record teleconference moderated by NCUSCR President Steve Orlins, the two reflect on the Summit and offer up their perspectives on where the relationship will go from here. A question and answer session follows the Ambassadors’ remarks.

 The Future of Cross-Strait Relations: Richard Bush

Dr. Richard Bush, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and director of its Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, discusses his new book Uncharted Strait: The Future of China-Taiwan Relations, including the history, new developments and prospects for the Taiwan Strait on March 18, 2013 in New York.

Dr. Bush, who has served as the Chairman and Managing Director of the American Institute in Taiwan and as a member of the National Intelligence Council, is a leading expert on the interests of the United States, China and Taiwan in the region and the global implications of these rapidly evolving relationships. The conversation, moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins, includes Dr. Bush’s responses to audience questions.

 China's New Leaders and the Global Order:  Kevin Rudd, MP

Kevin Rudd MP, former Australian Prime Minister, fluent Mandarin speaker and architect of Australia's regional policies discusses China's new leaders, evolving issues in the Asia-Pacific region and their relevance to the U.S.-China relationship, moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

Kissinger: On China

National Committee Vice Chairman Dr. Henry A. Kissinger discusses his book, On China, and ongoing developments in U.S.-China relationship in a conversation with National Committee on U.S.-China Relations President Stephen Orlins.

The Fall of Bo Xilai: Cheng Li

National Committee Director Dr. Cheng Li, director of research and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution's John L. Thornton China Center, discussed issues of the Bo Xilai case following his removal from the Politburo and Central Committee in April 2012.

China's Economic Growth: Dr. Nicholas Lardy

National Committee Director Dr. Nicholas Lardy, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, examines components of China's economy, current development strategies and prospects for sustainability in a discussion of his book Sustaining China's Economic Growth after the Global Financial Crisis.

Jon Huntsman on China: From the Embassy to the Campaign Trail

Ambassador Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., discusses his time as ambassador to China and current issues and developments the U.S.-China relationship in a conversation moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins.