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The Little Red Podcast: interviews and chat celebrating China beyond the Beijing beltway from the University of Melbourne's Horwood Studios. Hosted by Graeme Smith, China studies academic at the Australian National University's Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs and Louisa Lim, former China correspondent for the BBC and NPR, now with the Centre for Advancing Journalism at Melbourne University. Many thanks to Chinoiresie for their generous support. Follow us @limlouisa and @GraemeKSmith, and find show notes at www.facebook.com/LittleRedPodcast/

The Little Red Podcast: interviews and chat celebrating China beyond the Beijing beltway from the University of Melbourne's Horwood Studios. Hosted by Graeme Smith, China studies academic at the Australian National University's Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs and Louisa Lim, former China correspondent for the BBC and NPR, now with the Centre for Advancing Journalism at Melbourne University. Many thanks to Chinoiresie for their generous support. Follow us @limlouisa and @GraemeKSmith, and find show notes at www.facebook.com/LittleRedPodcast/
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The Little Red Podcast: interviews and chat celebrating China beyond the Beijing beltway from the University of Melbourne's Horwood Studios. Hosted by Graeme Smith, China studies academic at the Australian National University's Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs and Louisa Lim, former China correspondent for the BBC and NPR, now with the Centre for Advancing Journalism at Melbourne University. Many thanks to Chinoiresie for their generous support. Follow us @limlouisa and @GraemeKSmith, and find show notes at www.facebook.com/LittleRedPodcast/

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Episodes

Come Dance with Xi: Who Can Resist the Belt and Road's Embrace?

7/10/2018
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There’s no escaping China’s Belt and Road Initiative. It’s been written into China’s constitution, and more than 70 countries from Pakistan to Papua New Guinea have signed up. But what is it? A modern-era Marshall Plan, a geopolitical bid for China to build a new international power bloc, a new model for Chinese colonialism, or an all-encompassing bumper sticker for Chinese-brokered development projects? To unpack the motivations behind Xi Jinping’s highest profile foreign policy...

Duration:00:58:53

All Maxxed Out: The Biggest Ponzi Scheme The World Has Ever Seen?

6/12/2018
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China's recent impressive economic growth has been built largely on massive debt. According to some estimates, in just over a decade China has managed to rack up debt in excess of 300% of its GDP, effectively placing a ticking time-bomb under the world economy. Is China heading for a financial crisis, and if so when? In this episode, Graeme and Louisa are joined by Dinny MacMahon, the author of China’s Great Wall of Debt, and Tim Murray, co-founder of J Capital Research, who make...

Duration:00:41:35

Tinker, Tailor, Student, Spy? Inside Australia's Chinese Student Boom

5/8/2018
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Universities in Australia have an addiction: overseas student fees. Nearly half of overseas students in Australia are from China, rising to 60% at some institutions. Against the backdrop of new legislation to counter foreign influence, we talk to Chinese students, who find themselves caught in a geopolitical battle—accused by some of acting as ‘spies’ and restricting intellectual freedom in Australia's classrooms, while others fear those student revenues are becoming a tool of China’s...

Duration:00:38:24

How To Make Friends And Influence People: Inside the Magic Weapon of the United Front

4/9/2018
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The Communist Party's shadowy United Front Work Department has emerged stronger than ever before after the most recent government reshuffle. This body, whose job has historically been to win hearts and minds among the Party’s opponents, is now also responsible for all work related to ethnic minority groups, religious management and contact with overseas Chinese. But exactly how does the United Front Work Department gain support for China abroad? In this episode, Graeme is joined by Gerry...

Duration:00:44:23

Policing the Contour Lines: China's Cartographic Obsession

3/8/2018
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China's preoccupation with cartography now seems to be reaching into classrooms, websites and academic journals around the world, with an increasing number of demands for retractions and apologies for maps that do not comport with Beijing's view of its borders. In this episode, John Zinda, a sociologist from Cornell University, and James Myles, China editor for The Economist, join Louisa and Graeme to discuss the politics of cartography in China.

Duration:00:28:06

Bitter Medicine: China's New Pacific Frontier

2/6/2018
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China’s aid and growing influence in the South Pacific is causing alarm with an Australian minister recently complaining about Chinese-funded 'roads to nowhere'. In this month's episode, Louisa and Graeme are joined by award winning journalist Jo Chandler to discuss the challenges brought by a wave of Chinese aid and migration to the Pacific’s largest nation, Papua New Guinea. From migrant shopkeepers and counterfeit drugs to rumours of bases and political corruption, China's footprint is...

Duration:00:27:48

Lies, Damned Lies and Police Statistics: Crime and the Chinese Dream

1/8/2018
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Xi Jinping's Chinese Dream has a dark side exemplified by the emergence of villages specialising in a single type of crime from 'hand-cutting' pickpockets to 'cake-uncles' specialising in accounting fraud. Officially China boasts one of the lowest murder rates in the world, claiming a 43% drop in severe violent crime over the past five years. But Børge Bakken, a specialist in Chinese criminology, argues that all Chinese crime statistics are falsified for political, propaganda and...

Duration:00:35:57

BDM: Not As Sexy As The Shark

12/4/2017
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Reviled in the West, the slimy bottom-feeders known as sea cucumbers or bêche-de-mer (BDM) have recently been described as the ‘the gold of the sea’. Skyrocketing demand for this prized feature of Chinese wedding banquets has driven up the price of bêche-de-mer (lit. ‘worm of the sea’), causing knock-on impacts ranging from sea cucumber smuggling rings to a collapse in sea cucumber stocks to starvation in some parts of the world. In this episode we examine the cautionary tale posed by the...

Duration:00:26:11

Party Poopers: Can Art Bring Down the Government?

11/5/2017
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A new brand of Chinese political artists is using the once borderless expanse of cyberspace as a virtual studio, a collaboration space and a digital museum, crowdsourcing and sharing work about China that could never be shown there. But as Beijing’s influence - and censorship – extends beyond China’s borders, being in exile is no longer is a guarantee of safety. As these artists struggle to find ways to vault the Great Firewall, the Chinese government is developing increasingly...

Duration:00:33:17

Haters Gonna Hate: Nationalism on Demand in China and Japan

9/5/2017
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Under Xi Jinping, history in China is a moving feast. This year, China’s Ministry of Education increased the length of the Second World War by six years, to ‘place a greater emphasis on China’s ‘red revolution.’ And from September, China's rolling out new school textbooks which claim disputed islands in the East China Sea as their own. To drill down into bitter history between the two countries, Louisa and Graeme are joined by Richard MacGregor, who is releasing a new book called Asia's...

Duration:00:44:52

Cooking the News: Xi’s Digital Future

8/7/2017
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The Chairman of Everything is tightening his grip over the media, pushing control into new spheres ahead of the 19th Party Congress. As the state-run media – traditionally the tongue and throat of the party – moves onto digital platforms, innovations in control include a welter of new regulations and theoretical concepts like the idea of cyber-sovereignty. Louisa and Graeme are joined by David Bandurski and Qian Gang of the China Media Project to discuss innovations in news production and...

Duration:00:39:04

Hong Kong: the new Tibet?

6/11/2017
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As Hong Kong gears up to mark the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty, the country's number 3 leader Zhang Dejiang has made clear Beijing's intention to tighten its control over Hong Kong. He has spoken recently of the need to enact anti-subversion legislation and warned against any attempts to turn Hong Kong into an independent entity. But Hong Kong localists made a strong showing in the September 2016 election, winning six seats and securing 20 percent of the vote. In...

Duration:00:34:00

Feng Chongyi: Research Is Not A Dinner Party

5/3/2017
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Sydney academic Feng Chongyi, whose detention in Guangzhou created international headlines, warns that his experience is designed to intimidate academics researching topics deemed sensitive by Beijing. He describes heightened surveillance by China's state security apparatus and increasing curbs on his research into human rights lawyers. Feng, who is still a Chinese citizen and Communist Party member, attributes his release to the fortuitous timing of Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to...

Duration:00:22:08

The best officials money can buy: China's crony capitalism

4/18/2017
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Is President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign working, or is it simply driving corruption underground? This episode we're joined by Minxin Pei from Claremont McKenna College, who's released a forensic analysis of China's corruption market, with insights gained from an examination of court cases. Among his insights are the fact that 84% of convicted officials were promoted while engaged in corruption, those caught taking bribes had been doing so for an average of nine years, and the...

Duration:00:34:12

To Be Demolished Is Glorious: China's Resettlement Industry

3/14/2017
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China is a world leader in resettlement, having resettled 80 million people since 1949. Before 2020, a further 100 million people will be moved for environmental protection, poverty relief and development. So who ultimately benefits from China's massive resettlement programmes? And has China invented an entirely new academic discipline - resettlement science - to provide academic respectability to its far-reaching resettlement campaigns. This episode we're joined by Brooke Wilmsen, an...

Duration:00:29:51

China, East Timor and the New Great Game

1/15/2017
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In this episode, Graeme and Louisa talk with Michael Leach from Swinburne University about China's increasingly close military and diplomatic ties with Asia's newest country: East Timor or Timor Leste. Unresolved maritime boundaries, aid on tap, and millions of barrels of oil make for a new Great Game on the boundary of Asia and the Pacific.

Duration:00:31:43

Trashing The Brand? Australian universities and the lure of Chinese money

12/14/2016
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Graeme and Louisa are joined by James Leibold, Paul MacGregor and Louise Edwards to discuss the impact of mainland Chinese money on Australia's higher education sector. What happens when a cash-strapped university sector meets mainland Chinese investors with deep party connections and even deeper pockets?

Duration:00:27:23

Control and Capture: Taming Overseas Chinese Media

11/2/2016
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“China’s not trying to influence, it’s trying to change Australia.” This week we hear from insiders about the range of strategies used by the Chinese government to tame the Chinese-language media in Australia, from cooption to intimidation to outright censorship. Speakers: Raymond Chow, Sameway Magazine; John Fitzgerald, Swinburne University; Yan Xia, Vision China Times Correction: During the podcast, Professor Fitzgerald mentions a deal between "Fox" and CCTV. He was referring to Sky...

Duration:00:34:03

The Politics of Language on the Tibetan Plateau, Remastered

8/25/2016
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Gavin, our sound maestro, couldn't live with the distortion on the intro music any long, so here's an updated version. It's even catchier than the first time around!

Duration:00:26:37

Have China's greenhouse gas emissions peaked?

7/21/2016
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For the first episode of The Little Red Podcast, Graeme interviews Fergus Green, former research assistant to Prof. Nicholas Stern, who explains how changes in the Chinese economy are affecting China's greenhouse gas emissions

Duration:00:32:41