China Takes Over the World, RTHK, March 22, 2014
On Sunday, March 16, 2014, Crimea voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine and unity with Russia. What are China’s views on the crisis involving the Crimea, Ukraine and Russia? How do China’s interests converge or diverge from Russia’s? China Takes Over the World discusses these issues with Dr. Ariel Cohen, Senior Research Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC.
Meanwhile, e-commerce giant Alibaba and Sina Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, are both exploring a listing in New York. Yet just because a company has gone public in the United States doesn’t mean that everything afterwards is smooth sailing. What are some of the issues that Chinese companies have faced from U.S. securities regulators and what should companies like Alibaba and Sina Weibo prepare for? Mr. James Kreissman, a partner at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, appears on China Takes Over the World to explain.
Hosted by Ying Ma, China Takes Over the World is a program about China’s growing economic, political and military power. It airs at 8:30 a.m. every Saturday in Hong Kong on RTHK, the city’s public broadcast station. Previous episodes of the show are available on podcast via iTunes.
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Seems like a win/win for China. If a reprise of cold war policy builds walls between the EU and Russia, it improves the Chinese negotiating position when trading with both of them. If the US continues to “help” in countries, with the result of breaking them, this only makes China look better in comparison. If the US and Russia start a shooting war, although impossible to imagine, this would be the biggest win of all for China, as it two principal military rivals could eliminate each other.
I look at things mostly from the US perspective, and I have to wonder, how many times can a superpower shoot itself in the foot before it starts to hurt?