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Book cover for "The Perfect Police State"
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Journalist Geoffrey Cain joins us this morning to tell us about his new book "The Perfect Police State: An Undercover Odyssey into China’s Terrifying Surveillance Dystopia of the Future."

The book is an investigation into how a restive region of China became the definitive police state and the global technology giants that made it possible.

Geoffrey Cain is an investigative journalist and technology writer who reported from Asia and the Middle East for twelve years. He is also the author of "Samsung Rising: The Inside Story of the South Korean Giant That Set Out to Beat Apple and Conquer Tech."

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One thing 2020 will be remembered for: the emergence of the face mask as a way to help protect against COVID-19.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

You've seen them during the coronavirus pandemic: ordinary people on the streets wearing surgical masks or other face-coverings.

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, "Deceit and Other Possibilities." For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the Asian diaspora.

In her new novel, "A River of Stars," Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory and fell in love with the owner, Boss Yeung -- holed up with other mothers-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles. Now she’s carrying Boss Yeung's baby. Already married with three daughters, Boss Yeung is overjoyed because the doctors have confirmed that he will finally have the son he has always wanted. To ensure that his child has every advantage, Boss Yeung has shipped Scarlett off to give birth on American soil. U.S. citizenship will open doors for their little prince.

As Scarlett awaits the baby’s arrival, she chokes down bitter medicinal stews and spars with her imperious housemates. The only one who fits in even less is Daisy, a spirited teenager and fellow unwed mother who is being kept apart from her American boyfriend.

Then a new sonogram of Scarlett’s baby reveals the unexpected. Panicked, she escapes by hijacking a van - only to discover that she has a stowaway: Daisy, who intends to track down the father of her child. The two flee to San Francisco’s bustling Chinatown, where Scarlett will join countless immigrants desperately trying to seize their piece of the American dream. What Scarlett doesn’t know is that her baby’s father is not far behind her.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the death of former President George H.W. Bush. Dr. Chartock also discusses the trade war truce between the U.S. and China. 

UAlbany’s Confucius Institute is a non-profit program of Office of Chinese Language Council International which aims to promote Chinese language and culture. As of December of last year, 525 Confucius Institutes have been established in 138 countries/regions around the world, with 110 in the United States.

The Confucius Institute for China’s Culture and Economy at University at Albany is a collaboration between UAlbany and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. Confucius Institute provides support and service in Chinese language instruction and culture programming, promotes China-related research, and facilitates academic exchanges and collaborations between the two institutions and the two countries.

Confucius Institute is hosting a Chinese Cultural festival at UAlbany and around the Capital Region throughout the fall. Youqin Huang is a Professor in Geography and Planning at UAlbany and Executive Director of UAlbany Confucius Institute.

Over the course of a decade spent reporting on the ground in China as a financial journalist, Dinny McMahon gradually came to the conclusion that the widely held belief in China’s inevitable economic ascent is dangerously wrong.
 
In this unprecedented deep dive, McMahon shows how, lurking behind the illusion of prosperity, China’s economic growth has been built on a staggering mountain of debt. While stories of newly built but empty cities, white elephant state projects, and a byzantine shadow banking system, have all become a regular fixture in the press in recent years, McMahon goes beyond the headlines to explain how such waste has been allowed to flourish, and why one of the most powerful governments in the world has been at a loss to stop it.

Dinny McMahon's spent more than a decade in China as a journalist covering the Chinese economy and financial systems for the Wall Street Journal and for the Dow Jones News Service. A native Australian, he is fluent in Mandarin. McMahon wrote China’s Great Wall of Debt while a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. His new book is "China's Great Wall of Debt: Shadow Banks, Ghost Cities, Massive Loans, and the End of the Chinese Miracle."

David Nightingale: Xi Jinping (1953 – )

Mar 25, 2018
Xi Jinping, prior to a meeting in Beijing China, Sept. 19, 2012
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Many of us know little of 65-year-old Xi Jinping, recently elected ‘President-for-life’ of China. His other titles are “General Secretary of the Communist Party of China”, and “President of the People’s Republic of China”.

Herbert London: The U.S.-China Relations

Feb 28, 2018

It was part and parcel of the “new world order” espoused by Bush and Obama that a China integrated into the organizational structure of global affairs would not challenge the status-quo. Yet try as Washington has, China has its own agenda somewhat impervious to post-Cold War optimism.

Acclaimed writers Madeleine Thien and Peter Ho Davies join us this week to share their stories of Chinese heritage and the human experience. Thien’s latest work is “Do Not Say We Have Nothing” and Peter Ho Davies’ novel is “The Fortunes.”

China Aims To Cut Air Pollution

Dec 21, 2017
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China recently began its own cap-and-trade program, much like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Emission program involving a number of Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. The program is aimed at reducing the airborne ingredients that are blamed for climate change.

Richard McGregor, a former Financial Times Beijing bureau chief, has just written a behind-the-headlines guide to the history and current state of our country’s relations with the two most powerful nations in East Asia, Japan and China.

In Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century, McGregor unpacks the old, toxic rivalries between U.S., Japan, and China, and looks to the future as it changes and redefines the world order in the 21stcentury.

Richard McGregor is a journalist and an author with extensive experience in reporting from East Asia and Washington. 

A recent story in the Wall Street Journal indicated that Alibaba’s revenue will grow fifty percent (50%) due to an increase in sales to China’s growing middle class.  The dynamics of that reality may well cause a shift in Chinese production towards its own middle class, and thus, a shift in the utilization of resources for that production.  The level of Chinese exports to the United States in 2015 was $483,188,700,000 and 2016 was $462,618,100,000, resulting in a U.S. trade deficit during each of those years of $367,256,700,000  and $347,016,000,000  respectively.

Herbert London: Fading U.S. Influence In Asia

Feb 8, 2017

If one requires any evidence that the United States is a fading power, the recent events in the South China Sea offer ample evidence. Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted U.S. military reconnaissance aircraft and, to add to the humiliation rebuked the Obama administration for any surveillance near China. The incident took place in international airspace on what has been described as a “routine U.S. patrol.” This latest encounter comes on the heels of another interception in which Chinese jets mimicked an all-out attack on a U.S. naval vessel that sailed close to a disputed reef. These are merely two recent war like actions by the Chinese in a series of interception since 2014.

Herbert London: Grand Strategy And Grand Illusion

Dec 7, 2016

Is it possible to detoxify the United States’ relations with Russia, China and the Muslim world? Is there a grand strategy that could maintain the honor of America and at the same time introduce stability in areas of the globe fraught with tension?

It seems most of the media coverage and much of the country is focused on the presidential election of 2016. What will impact your life more: oil and China, or presidential politics?

Herbert London: The Art Of War

Dec 2, 2015

In Sun Tzu’s The Art of War present Chinese military strategy in the South China Sea comes into focus. Tzu argued that the best war is one not waged, one in which the cleverest leader wins without fighting.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock speaks with Yehuda Hanani about his busy summer in the Catskills and in China.

Bill Owens: Chinese Currency Manipulation

Aug 29, 2015

The recent Chinese government devaluation of its currency by approximately 4.4 percent is a cogent reminder of how the Chinese manipulate their economy, and the world economy.  There is no doubt that what the Chinese are doing is an effort to make these exports less expensive, which has been blatantly confirmed by senior leaders.  These actions continue a decades-long attack on US manufacturing with little or no negative consequences.

Recognizing the unwillingness of the Obama administration to assert itself in foreign affairs, the Chinese government has engaged in a major strategic effort to maintain sovereignty over the vast South China Sea, a body of water larger than the Mediterranean and an area long recognized as sea lanes under international law. Fifty percent of the world’s maritime trade in tonnage passes through this body of water. By any stretch, this Chinese gambit is reckless, breathtaking, dangerous, and imperial.

5/11/15 Panel

May 11, 2015

    

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post and SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Scheduled topics include President Obama and trade agreement; King Salman of Saudi Arabia won't attend meetings at Camp David; President Obama intends to renew a nuclear cooperation agreement with China; Mississippi Police Officers killed; Indian Point transformer explosion; Dean Skelos faces growing opposition.

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  It's day five of a mass movement  to occupy sections of Hong Kong as demonstrators protest a Chinese decision to limit voters' choices in a 2017 citywide leadership election.  

A vigil for Hong Kong's democracy protesters is scheduled to be held this evening in Albany at the busy corner of Lark St. and Washington Avenue - activists will be assembling as 'rush hour' winds down around 5:30PM. The demonstration of solidarity is set to continue through 7PM.

    On Friday, August 15, SPAC and The Philadelphia Orchestra will present the New York premiere of composer Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women. A multimedia tour de force which made headlines around the globe at its China premiere this spring, Nu Shu is an exploration – through film and music -- of an ancient Chinese language secretly created by women in the remote province of Hunan, China, and passed through generations of mothers and daughters by reading, writing and singing.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Orchestra for the performance and principal harpist Elizabeth Hainen is the featured soloist.

5/22/14 Panel

May 22, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and investigative reporter Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Russia - China Gas Deal
Hunt for Nigerian Girls
PA Gov will Not Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling
Secret Service Investigation
Obama on VA Hospital Mess

4/7/14 Panel

Apr 7, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
China on Cyberattacks
Afghan Voting
Missing Airline
Jeb Bush Strategy
U.S. House Budget Proposal Dismisses Role of IMLS
Mickey Rooney

    Amy Tan has a new novel for the first time in seven years. Her newest is The Valley of Amazement.

Like many of works by the author of The Joy Luck Club, it deals with China's history and also tense mother-daughter relationships.

12/5/13 Panel

Dec 5, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
China Zone
US in Decline
Martin Bashir Resigns
Newtown 9-1-1 Calls
Rockwell Sale

Herbert London: Chinese Air Defense Zone

Dec 4, 2013

The negotiations over Iran’s potential nuclear weapons arsenal has pushed all other foreign policy issues out of the headlines. But as Washington muses about Iran, one of the boldest attempts to challenge the U.S. as a Pacific power has occurred with very little commentary.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, the state commerce secretary and a Northeast Kingdom developer will travel to China next month to recruit investors in the EB5 economic development program.

WASHINGTON – Threats of attack by North Korea on the US and its allies is “very concerning” to Congressman Christopher Gibson (R-NY19).

The House member said on Wednesday that the administration in Washington is taking the “proper steps” in preparation of any action by the North Koreans.

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