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Now displaying: January, 2016
Jan 25, 2016

With equity markets in free fall, housing prices skipping downwards, foreign reserves plummeting and industrial production on a road trip back to the last decade, it's no surprise that permabears like Gordon Chang are stocking up on popcorn to bask in what they see as the long-due collapse of the Chinese economy. It all raises the question of how bad things are going to get, which leads to the question of how bad they are right now.

Joining Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn and David Moser in the studio today to talk about the Chinese economy and its recent tailspin is none other than Tom Orlik, an economist at Bloomberg and author of the book Understanding China's Economic Indicators. Tom has years of experience writing about China and joins to share his thoughts on what parts of the economy are doing decently and where the real problems lie.

Recommendations:

Jeremy Goldkorn

A People’s Friendship, by James Palmer

http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/postcard/peoples-friendship

David Moser

Billionaires, by Darrel M West

http://www.amazon.com/Billionaires-Reflections-Darrell-M-West/dp/0815725965

New Koch, by Jane Mayer

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/01/25/new-koch

Tom Orlik

Outside Over There, by Maurice Sendak

http://www.amazon.com/Outside-Over-There-Caldecott-Collection/dp/0064431851

The Adventures of Augie March, by Saul Bellow

http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Augie-March-Penguin-Classics/dp/0143039571

Kaiser Kuo

Mass Flourishing, by Edmund Phelps

http://www.amazon.com/Mass-Flourishing-Grassroots-Innovation-Challenge/dp/0691165793/

Jan 8, 2016

This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are joined by Deborah Seligsohn, former science counselor for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and currently a doctoral candidate at the University of California, San Diego, where she studies environmental governance in China. With more than 20 years of China experience, Deborah is one of the most knowledgeable people in the world on the question of China's policy response to issues of air pollution and climate change.

Recommendations:

"How China, the ‘world’s largest polluter,’ is taking on climate change," by Deborah Seligsohn

(Non-pay walled version is on SCMP attached below)

http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1891794/how-china-worlds-largest-polluter-taking-climate-change

https://www.chinafile.com/contributors/deborah-seligsohn

http://www.chinafaqs.org/expert/deborah-seligsohn

David Moser

The Last Dalai Lama

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/magazine/the-last-dalai-lama.html?_r=0

The Age of Irreverence

http://www.amazon.com/The-Age-Irreverence-History-Laughter/dp/0520283848

Deborah Seligsohn

Hey, China, this is why democracies beat autocracies in a fight.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2015/12/15/hey-china-this-is-why-democracies-beat-autocracies-in-a-fight-so-back-off-the-south-china-sea/

Kaiser Kuo

ISIS is a revolution

https://aeon.co/essays/why-isis-has-the-potential-to-be-a-world-altering-revolution

 

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