Nasty Disputes in the South China Sea

RTHK Radio 3, May 3, 2014

China Takes Over the World talks to Carlyle Thayer about China’s territorial disputes with neighbors in the South China Sea. Thayer is the Director of Thayer Consultancy and emeritus professor at the University of New South Wales (Canberra). He explains how China’s assertion of territorial claims has evolved over time and why countries in Southeast Asia have become increasingly alarmed by China’s actions.

In the second half of the program, we are joined by Wentong Zheng, Assistant Professor of the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida. He challenges the conventional wisdom that private firms in China operate independently of state largesse or state directives. In fact, his research shows that successful firms in China, regardless of ownership, are captured by the state and thrive as a result of state benefits, close ties to state actors and agencies, and a willingness to carry out the policies or preferences of the ruling political party.

To listen to this episode, please click here.

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 Radio 3, the English channel of the city’s public broadcast station. Previous episodes of the show are available on podcast via iTunes.

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