In the first part of this two-part conversation, Kishore Mahbubani, a former UN ambassador of Singapore, returns to Sinica to chat with Kaiser about his latest book, Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy. It’s a bracing read, unsparing in its criticisms of Chinese and American strategic blunders, and its tough-love approach is sure to rankle.
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The Caixin-Sinica Business Brief, episode 115
This week on the Caixin-Sinica Business Brief: Pinduoduo overtakes JD.com as China’s second-most-valuable online retailer, automaker BYD announces that it will reapply for U.S. regulatory approval to ship N95 face masks to California, and American soybean exporters could reclaim some of the export market lost to Brazil under the U.S.-China trade deal.
China in Africa Podcast: The complicated politics of Chinese dam construction in Guinea
The 450-megawatt Souapiti hydroelectric dam in Guinea is scheduled to begin operating this fall and will bring badly needed electricity to one of Africa’s poorest countries. When complete, state-owned China International Water and Electric Corporation will jointly own and operate the plant together with the Guinean government. Yaqiu Wang, a China researcher at Human Rights Watch, and Jim Wormington, a senior researcher in HRW’s Africa Division, join Eric and Cobus to discuss a report the two co-wrote recently analyzing the human and environmental costs of the project.