Hong Kong’s Mass Rail Transit System and Lessons for China

RTHK Radio 3, August 9, 2014

Lincoln Leong, deputy CEO of Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation, joins China Takes Over the World to talk about MTR’s delayed completion of Hong Kong’s express rail link to southern China, the company’s expansion outside of Hong Kong, and how MTR’s experience in Hong Kong may or may not apply to Mainland China’s efforts to modernize transportation infrastructure. Mr. Leong will become the acting chief executive of MTRC on August 16, 2014.

In the second half of this episode, we offer highlights of our show from the past six months.

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

 

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Australia’s View of China’s Rise

RTHK Radio 3, June 21, 2014

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently visited the United States, and China was a topic of concern in his conversations with President Barack Obama, congressional leaders and other U.S. audiences. How does Australia view China’s rise and what does it think of America’s rebalance to Asia?

The following guests discuss these issues on China Takes Over the World.

  • Hugh White, Professor of Strategic Studies in the School of International, Political & Strategic Studies at the Australian National University, and author of The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power
  • Bates Gill, CEO of the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

To listen to the discussion, 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, a channel of the city’s public broadcast station. Previous episodes of the show are available on podcast via iTunes.

 

Can China Take Over the World While Remaining Unfree?

RTHK Radio 3, May 31, 2014

With the 25th anniversary of the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen massacre soon upon us, we pose this question: Can China take over the world while remaining unfree and undemocratic?

The following guests join China Takes Over the World to discuss.

• Andrew Nathan, the Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University

• Wang Juntao, Chinese political dissident and a leader of the 1989 democracy movement

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

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China’s View of Tensions in Asia

RTHK Radio 3, May 24, 2014

What are China’s views on regional tensions, territorial disputes and the U.S. pivot to Asia? Are there steps that could be taken by all sides to help dial back tensions in the region? The following scholars join China in the World to discuss.

  • Huang Jing, Director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
  •  Wu Xinbo, Director of the Center for American Studies and Executive Dean of the Institute of International Studies, Fudan University

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

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U.S. Containment, China’s “Peaceful Rise”

WSJ.com, May 20, 2014

–Commentary by Ying Ma

Even as China grows increasingly assertive in the South China Sea, the United States maintains that it’s not attempting to contain China. At the same time, China continues to insist it’s firmly committed to its “peaceful rise.” Are both sides faking it?

The answer is complicated. Some believe the answer is yes, while others argue that both sides are hedging to defend their respective interests and avoid open confrontation.

The U.S. has been unequivocal in stating that containment is not its goal. While in Asia last month, U.S. President Barack Obama declared, “We are not interested in containing China.” His comment was no surprise — to recognize containment as official U.S. strategy would trigger angry reactions from Beijing, reduce Chinese cooperation with the U.S. in crucial areas and inflame or create conflicts.

Beijing has reasons not to be convinced, though. The U.S. pivot to Asia, announced during Obama’s first term, clearly seeks to introduce breathing room to China’s economic dominance of the region. Most notably, the Obama administration has been hard at work to advance the Tran-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade agreement that excludes China but includes those friendly to America—most notably Japan, China’s archrival. The U.S. military also plans to shift forces to the Asia Pacific, and has announced plans to base 60% of U.S. naval forces in the Pacific by 2020.

Read the entire article on WSJ.com.

Uighur Attacks in China

RTHK Radio 3, May 17, 2014

The latest episode of China Takes Over the World features the following two guests.

  • Michael O’Hanlon, a coauthor of Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the Twenty-First Century, and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Mike argues that competition between China and the United States is inevitable but can be limited to avoid the worst outcomes.
  • Ethan Gutmann, veteran investigative journalist and author of The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem. Ethan talks about the recent horrific attacks in China that the government has condemned as acts perpetrated by Uighur separatists.

Listen to this episode 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, a channel of the city’s public broadcast station. Previous episodes of the show are available on podcast via iTunes.

 

Is the U.S. Pivot to Asia an Effort to Contain China?

RTHK Radio 3, May 10, 2014

President Obama returned to Washington from Asia last week. Did he accomplish what he set out to do with his visit? Do America’s friends and allies in the region feel properly reassured? Do the initiatives announced during Obama’s visit and the broader U.S. pivot to Asia constitute a thinly veiled effort to contain China’s rise?

The following guests joined China Takes Over the World to discuss.

• Admiral Gary Roughead, U.S. Navy (ret.), former chief of naval operations, and one of only two officers in the navy’s history to have commanded both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets

• Michael J. Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; and former special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asia at the National Security Council during the George W. Bush administration

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