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From the team that brought you the satirical TV news show China Uncensored comes a...well...less scripted look at China. Chris Chappell and his team are off the teleprompter and on the mic to interview China experts, or discuss the issues of the day. And frankly, anything else they feel like discussing.
 
A podcast about how the relationship between Australia and China came to the verge of collapse. Not long ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping was regularly having warm, friendly chats with Australia’s Prime Ministers. Now, he won’t even take our phone calls, trade is being blocked, and Australian politicians are talking about preparations for war. Season 5 of If You’re Listening is the fascinating story of why a rising superpower decided to make an example out of Australia.
 
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Singaporean Anthony* and his wife were greeted by a foul smell of mould when they stepped into their room at the Empire Hotel in Causeway Bay to begin their 14-day quarantine in Hong Kong.He had a pack of disinfectant wipes, but quickly realised that almost every surface and corner of the room was filthy. There was mould everywhere, stains on the w…
 
Covid-19 cases climbed again in Fujian, China’s southeastern province battling the country’s latest outbreak of the pandemic, as local authorities stepped up travel restrictions and suspended mass activities ahead of the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival.China as a whole recorded 66 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, with all 43 of the locally transmitt…
 
The lighting of 2,500 handcrafted lanterns for the Mid-Autumn Festival at an iconic Hong Kong fishing village has been cancelled after thousands of visitors brought the place to standstill.On Sunday, organisers of the Tai O Water Village Lantern Festival said they had decided to suspend the illumination on four days over the next 10 days – from 6.3…
 
The Chinese military’s Western Theatre Command has introduced more night drills for units stationed near the Himalayan border as it seeks to familiarise its troops with new-generation weapons and equipment.Since the start of the autumn, several forces in the Xinjiang military district have been carrying out night battle drills at altitudes of aroun…
 
The unprecedented cooperation pact between Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s government and the main opposition bloc is barely a week old, but analysts say there is good reason to be upbeat as the agreement shows early signs of promise.Nonetheless, whether Monday’s signing of the so-called “Political Transformation and Stability” pact …
 
Recent satellite images show North Korea is expanding a uranium enrichment plant at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, a sign that it is intent on boosting the production of bomb materials, experts say.The assessment comes after the North recently raised tensions with its first missile tests in six months amid long-dormant nuclear disarmament negot…
 
Voters fanned out across five polling stations in Hong Kong on Sunday morning to cast their ballots for members of the powerful Election Committee, kicking off the city’s first political race under a Beijing-decreed system overhaul.Under the central government’s radical revamp, designed to ensure only “patriots” govern Hong Kong, the original 1,200…
 
Sampoorna Narayanan, 36, is happy. She works five and a half days a week as a part-time home cleaner and lives with three friends in a flat not far from central Singapore. She gets to decide what to cook for her meals and is free to move around as she pleases. Narayanan’s current life is a far cry from how she lived before 2019 when she was a live-…
 
The quartet of newly minted citizen astronauts comprising the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission safely splashed down in the Atlantic off Florida’s coast on Saturday, completing a three-day flight of the first all-civilian crew ever sent into Earth orbit.The successful launch and return of the mission, the latest in a recent string of rocket-powered exped…
 
Chinese scholars in the field of Australian studies are becoming caught up in the souring of relations between Beijing and Canberra, prompting concerns about the future of academic exchange.Chinese researchers Chen Hong and Li Jianjun, both specialists in Australian studies, had their visas cancelled last year, with the email to Chen from the Austr…
 
Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers set up a ministry for the “propagation of virtue and the prevention of vice” in the building that once housed the Women’s Affairs Ministry, escorting out World Bank staff on Saturday as part of the forced move.It was the latest troubling sign that the Taliban are restricting women’s rights as they settle into govern…
 
Children across the US are posting TikTok videos of themselves vandalising school bathrooms and stealing soap dispensers and even turf from football fields, bedevilling school administrators seeking to contain the viral internet trend.The “devious licks” challenge that swept social media this week is plaguing principals and school district administ…
 
Police vastly outnumbered protesters around the US Capitol on Saturday at a sparsely attended rally by supporters of the people who breached the building on January 6, trying to overturn former president Donald Trump‘s election defeat.About 100 to 200 protesters showed up, some carrying the flags of the right-wing group Three Percenters over their …
 
The unprecedented rift between the US and France over the new three-way alliance with Britain and Australia raises questions about Washington’s commitment to its transatlantic alliance and may offer Beijing a chance to improve ties with Europe, Chinese diplomatic observers have said.France, America’s oldest ally, recalled its ambassador to Washingt…
 
Chinese Vice-Premier Han Zheng has called on Hong Kong’s leader to ensure the city’s three coming landmark elections proceed smoothly, urging her also to implement the “patriots governing Hong Kong” principle.Han issued the instructions at a meeting with Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor in Shenzhen on the eve of the Election Committee pol…
 
The new three-way pact between the United States, Britain and Australia is the latest in a series of efforts to build a network of security partnerships to counter China’s influence in East and Southeast Asia as mutual concerns about Beijing draw a range of different countries closer together.The new grouping, known as Aukus, will allow the US to s…
 
Beijing held a military drill targeting Taiwan and described the United States as the “biggest troublemaker” in the region as a US destroyer sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Friday in the ninth such passage by American warships this year. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Barry conducted a “routine Taiwan Strait transit” on Fr…
 
It took five years for Minhaz Mannan to see justice for his brother Xulhaz after Islamist extremists hacked him to death with a machete. Xulhaz was the co-founder and publisher of Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine, Roopbaan. He and his associate Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy were killed in Xulhaz’s flat on April 25, 2016, by a group of men belonging to the al-…
 
China has urged Brazil to ensure there is no repeat of an incident in which a man threw an explosive device at its consulate general in Rio de Janeiro.The device damaged the premises but no one was injured in Thursday evening’s attack, the consulate said in a statement.Qu Yuhui, a minister counsellor from the Chinese embassy in Brasília, has raised…
 
Two women are in contention to become prime minister of Japan for the first time in its history – a potential turning point for a country that ranks below Saudi Arabia in terms of female political representation.Victory for either Seiko Noda and Sanae Takaichi, both former internal affairs ministers in their 60s, in a September 29 vote for leader o…
 
The Covid-19 outbreak in China’s southeastern province of Fujian showed signs of slowing on Friday, with daily infections recording the smallest growth since cases started emerging last week.Thirty-one Covid-19 cases were reported on Friday, including 21 from Putian, eight from Xiamen and two from Zhangzhou, bringing total infections to 295 in eigh…
 
An influential Chinese military magazine has said that the Chengdu J-20 is likely to appear in more training exercises – but analysts say its inferior engine and the air force’s lack of strategic transporters will limit the country’s ambitions.The magazine, Ordnance Industry Science Technology, said in a report that the J-20, also known as Mighty D…
 
Frozen meat distributor Allen Chiu Hoi-lun fears his stocks of United States Angus beef could dry up by November as Hongkongers seek out hotpot meals in the cooler weather.Prices have been soaring to levels he has not seen in 30 years and he is worried that worse is to come, as the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on international sea freight, c…
 
Singapore’s primary schools will shift to home-based learning for 10 days ahead of a key national examination, the education ministry said on Saturday, as the city state reported 935 new Covid-19 cases the previous day, the highest since April last year.Primary 1 to 5 students will move to home-based learning from September 27 to October 6.Primary …
 
Scientists have created a robot fish that swims using a low-cost artificial muscle that could one-day be used to develop prosthetic limbs.The researchers, from the University of Science and Technology of China, hope that the technique – which uses liquid metal to mimic natural muscle movements — could also help to administer drugs inside the body a…
 
American Samoa, a US territory in the Pacific, reported its first case of coronavirus on Friday.The territory’s acting governor, lieutenant governor Talauega Eleasalo Ale, and health officials said the islands’ first case of Covid-19 was in a resident who returned to America Samoa from a trip to the US mainland and Hawaii earlier this week.The infe…
 
Sunday’s Election Committee polls will be very different to the previous five trips to the ballot box in Hong Kong since the city’s return to Chinese sovereignty.Under Beijing’s overhaul of the Hong Kong electoral system aimed at ensuring only “patriots” can hold political power, the race for seats on the powerful body has so far largely been an un…
 
Australia said on Saturday it regrets France’s decision to recall its ambassador to Canberra over the AUKUS security deal made with Washington and London, but it values its relationship with the western European nation and will keep engaging with Paris on many other issues.“We note with regret France’s decision to recall its ambassador to Australia…
 
China has 5 bases in the Antarctic, but no one except China really knows what takes place on them. The U.S. and other countries that are supposed to be monitoring the bases have been lax about checking, and there is evidence to suggest China's doing more than just scientific research down there. Joining us on this episode of China Unscripted is Ale…
 
When China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, the U.S. thought China's membership in the international organization would encourage it to liberalize. Thought leaders and US policymakers believed, or wanted to believe, that it would not only help decrease the trade deficit the US had with China, but would encourage China to become a …
 
In deze aflevering onderzoek ik hoe de Chinezen dat willen gaan doen. Kan China wel in een paar jaar zelfvoorzienend worden? En wat betekent dit voor de Chinese maatschappij? Te gast: Rogier Creemers, universitair docent recht en bestuur van modern China aan de Universiteit Leiden. Ed Sander, China techwatcher, spreker en studietourleider voor Chin…
 
China has been closely watching the U.S. pullout of Afghanistan and is using it to make the case to Taiwan that the U.S. won’t come to its aid when ( not “if”) China invades it. It's also looking at what it can do to replace the U.S. in the region. Joining us in this episode of China Unscripted is Jim Fanell, a retired U.S. Naval Intelligence offic…
 
In deze aflevering van de China Podcast onderzoek ik Liao Wang hoe het gesteld is met de sociale media in China. Hoeveel censuur wordt er toegepast op de platformen? En welke rol spelen influencers hierin? Te gast: Rogier Creemers, universitair docent recht en bestuur van modern China aan de Universiteit Leiden. Ed Sander, China techwatcher, spreke…
 
China has made it no secret that it wants to control the world. It's been using political warfare to achieve that goal, and it's seen some success. What is political warfare and what can we do to stop China from becoming a global hegemon? We discuss that and more in this episode of China Unscripted. Joining us is Professor Kerry Gershaneck, the aut…
 
In deze zevende aflevering van het derde seizoen zoek ik daarom uit hoe deze verandering heeft kunnen plaatsvinden. Hoe is China plotseling één van de leiders geworden in de techsector? En gaan we daardoor ook steeds meer Chinese technologie in Nederland zien? Te gast: Rogier Creemers, universitair docent recht en bestuur van modern China aan de Un…
 
Chinese money has not brought good things to Bolivia. Whether it's the illegal wildfires around the Amazon that have destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres, the dams that are projected to displace indigenous people and destroy the environment, or illegal gold mining, Chinese deals have not been good for the South American Country. Joining us in t…
 
In deze zesde aflevering van het derde seizoen zoek ik daarom uit wat de gevolgen hiervan zijn voor de Chinese techgiganten. Hoe machtig zijn zij nog? En hoe gaan deze bedrijven er in de toekomst uitzien? Te gast: Rogier Creemers, universitair docent recht en bestuur van modern China aan de Universiteit Leiden. Ed Sander, China techwatcher, spreker…
 
China has been going around the world signing development deals with countries in an initiative it calls Belt and Road, formerly One Belt One Road. It’s a massive infrastructure project that was started in 2013 and goes from East Asia to Europe. The goal of the program seems benign—invest in other countries’ infrastructure using Chinese engineering…
 
Check out CuriosityStream: https://curiositystream.com/ChinaUnscripted How the U.S. and its allies respond to China in the Indo-Pacific could have major repercussions for decades to come. That's because China is trying to get a foothold in the area, and if the U.S. and its allies don't increase their presence there, China will—with very real conseq…
 
For years, the U.S. medical mask market has been flooded by cheap Chinese masks that, thanks to Chinese government subsidies, have made it impossible for U.S. businesses to compete. Joining us in this episode is Mike Bowen, the co-owner of U.S. mask company Prestige Ameritch. He says he has been warning anyone who will listen that allowing China to…
 
On this episode of China Unscripted, we discuss the cult-like behaviors of the Chinese Communist Party, how China has the "best" human rights record on the planet, how China wants to decouple from the U.S., what China's space ambitions mean for the rest of the world, and what we would do if we could go back in time and change history.…
 
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