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    China watchers have long predicted the imminent collapse of China’s banking system. Between increased reliance on unstable funding sources, and an expanding credit to GDP gap, experts’ concerns are not unwarranted. Yet the collapse has not happened. In China’s Banking Transformation: The Untold Story, former banking director James Stent looks at what the experts have been missing, and why their predictions have not materialized. On June 5, 2017, Mr.

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    In this podcast interview, James Stent discusses his new book on China's banking system with National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

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    In 2014, Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement grabbed international headlines, shut down the city’s largest commercial districts, and generated concern about Hong Kong’s political future. Images of city streets awash in yellow, and protesters clashing with police quickly spread around the world, and many observers believed the movement heralded significant changes to Hong Kong’s political structure.

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    In this podcast interview, David Zweig discusses the current political mood in Hong Kong, and the city's tensions with Beijing, with National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

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    Even as the China’s economic reforms in the 1980s and 90s laid the foundation for it to become an economic powerhouse, increasingly wide gaps opened up between rich and poor, leaving behind those ill equipped to compete in a market economy. The massive changes taking place were also reflected in the uneven distribution of social welfare benefits, which tended to accrue to those best positioned to succeed under the new system.

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    Author Howard French discusses his new book Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Shapes China's Push for Global Power. Until the mid-19th century, China occupied the premier place in East Asia’s political order. Exercising cultural and political hegemony through a set of tributary relationships with its neighbors, China’s imperial bureaucrats developed a conception of rule different from the Westphalian idea of individual nation states.

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    In March 2011, China’s spending on internal security surpassed the budget for external defense for the first time. This was widely interpreted as evidence that China’s internal security apparatus – long seen as a highly repressive pillar of Communist Party rule – was tightening its control.

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    In this podcast interview, Qin Gao and Mark Frazier discuss China's social welfare system.

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    In this podcast interview, author Howard French discusses his new book, Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Shapes China's Push for Global Power, with Senior Director for Education Programs Margot Landman.

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    In this podcast interview, Dr. Sheena Greitens joins National Committee President Stephen Orlins for a discussion on her current research, China’s domestic security budget, and its connection to developments in internal security under Xi Jinping.

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    As China has developed into an industrial powerhouse, so, too, has its philanthropic sector expanded. In 2016 the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RFB) launched a fellowship program to honor the memory and interests of its former board chair, Dr. Richard Rockefeller, and to promote strategic philanthropy in China.

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    In this podcast interview, Dr. Michael Green joins National Committee President Stephen Orlins for a discussion on the history of American strategy in Asia, and the most pressing contemporary strategic challenges our country faces in the region.

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    American strategic engagement with the Asia Pacific has deep roots in American history, going back to the nation’s founding. Despite the difficulties of formulating and maintaining a coherent grand strategy amid democratic competition, the United States has, over more than 200 years, developed a distinctive approach to the region based on its interests and national identity.

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    The election of Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen in January 2016 brought renewed uncertainty to cross-Strait relations. Taiwan is more economically integrated with mainland China than ever before, yet the PRC continues to pose a threat to Taiwanese self-government, and has not renounced the use of force to achieve unification.

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    Before 1978, China was a poor country with a planned economy overseen by a Maoist bureaucracy. Today it has the world’s second largest economy, a robust and growing middle class, and is a key driver of global growth. What explains this rapid transformation?

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