Misha and John talk with George Washington University's David Shambaugh, about his new book From Mao to Now, a history of each of China's leaders. He ranks them in terms of effectiveness, and also ranks the US presidents who dealt with them. In between, he talks about the role of the Chinese Communist Party and the Leninist party-state.
Misha talks with Adrian Wooldridge, political editor of The Economist, about his new book, The Aristocracy of Talent. They discuss the history of meritocracy in China, and look at how meritocracy works and doesn’t work today, in China, Singapore, Japan, and the West. Plus, he names his favorite “meritocracy movie”!
Misha talks with Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN), former US Ambassador to Japan, about Japan’s new leader, the US-Japan alliance, China, Taiwan, whether the US should rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and what the Biden Administrations needs to do to keep peace in the Pacific. And, he reveals his favorite Japanese restaurant!
Misha and John are joined by Kenneth Juster, US ambassador to India from 2017-2021. Juster explains how Scottie Pippen refused to play him in horse after he showed off his basketball skills on the grounds of the US Embassy in New Delhi. Ken then discusses the effect of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan on India and the region, the foundations for a stronger US-India relationship, and meeting with India's leaders and people.
Misha and John are joined by Vinnie Aggarwal, professor of political science and senior faculty fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Vinnie shares his expertise on the US-China rivalry, and the prospects in the Indo-Pacific region in the areas of international trade, finance, and industrial policy.
Is Kim Jong-un dying? Why has he allowed the naming of a deputy? Will the Biden administration ignore the Korean peninsula? What role is Xi Jinping playing? Misha and John are joined by eminent North Korea expert Andrei Lankov, of Seoul’s Kookmin University.
Long-time China investor Dan Rosen joins John and Misha to talk about the prospects for the Chinese economy, the prospects for economic reform, the real threat to China’s economic future, and the question of whether the West was right to invest politically and economically in China.
Critics of the US say that Washington is forcing a new Cold War with the PRC. But liberal nations around the world are pushing back on Beijing’s aggressive actions, separately from the US. From the UK to Japan, Australia, and India, democratic states are deciding that the PRC threatens their interests. John and Misha talk about what it’s not about (Washington, London, or Tokyo), but about Beijing.
Misha and John are joined by Eunice Yoon, the Beijing bureau chief for CNBC. They discuss China’s view of Biden and the US, whether the Chinese economy is as strong as touted, Xi Jinping, Belt and Road, and the AI race. Eunice also talks about how she wound up in Beijing, whether she’s surveilled by the police, and why she’s such a fan of cars.