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China In Context is a weekly podcast which offers expert analysis on politics, culture and international relations. It features interviews with leading academics and associates at the SOAS China Institute, University of London. The podcast is hosted by the Editor of Asian Affairs magazine, Duncan Bartlett. Photo: Hong Kong / NRB (Flickr)
 
Audio podcasts of public lectures, seminars and events from the SOAS Department of Economics. The SOAS Department of Economics is a leading centre for economic research. We have a vibrant research culture driven by staff working on a plethora of issues, but we specialise in the study of developing and emerging economies and our work covers an unparalleled range of countries and regions.
 
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For many decades, people in Hong Kong enjoyed a level of freedom which was in marked contrast to life in other parts of China. Following the end of the British colonial era in 1997, the Communist Party promised that Hong Kong would remain highly autonomous for fifty years under the 'One Country, Two Systems' principle. Yet when mass street demonstr…
 
El Beauty is a First Nations drag queen, based in western Sydney’s Parramatta (Burramatta). She’s also referred to as “the beauty of the West.” She regularly lip-syncs across the city, and today El will talk about her experiences of the art of Indigenous drag.Find out more:• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/el_beauty_dragqueen/• IndigiTube LGBT…
 
One of the loudest messages from the Chinese Communist Party is that it has delivered wealth to citizens by creating an environment in which the economy grows and thrives. However, as a result of the zero-Covid policy and other factors, the economy has hit the buffers. Gross domestic product rose just 0.4% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2022…
 
The Chinese Communist Party routinely encourages people to be patriotic and to love their country. Textbooks which are studied in all of China’s schools highlight achievements of which they should be proud - including, of course, the success of the Communist Party. The rise in nationalism is not exclusive to China. Yet contemporary Chinese national…
 
Gamilaroi poet and musician Luke Patterson takes us on a walk through Sydney’s inner-western suburb Redfern, built on Gadigal land. Redfern, seen as the heart of Indigenous activism in Sydney, is Luke’s homebase. After we grabbed a quick coffee, Luke told me all about his experiences of living here – as well as in Kurnell, about his idea of Country…
 
Yidinji, who is named after his tribal group near Cairns in Australia, is a visual artist and didgeridoo player. We talked about his style of art, the importance of his – uniquely made – digeridoo, and his important work with kids and wider communities in the Canberra region, through his art gallery: Burrunju Aboriginal Art Gallery. From caring for…
 
China is a land of contradictions. This shows up in a stark gap between rich and poor, which is evident through the contrast between conspicuous consumption in the big cities and the much more basic way of life in the countryside. In fact, even though it may not feel like it, the wealth gap is gradually narrowing. But is this down to government pol…
 
Much of the hard work in running China falls to about 40 million party and government officials, known as cadres. These include powerful figures, such as provincial governors, bosses of state-owned enterprises and chief prosecutors. Originally, cadres were defined as professional revolutionaries, dedicated to the goals of the Communist Party. They …
 
In this episode of Movements & Sounds, Dominic Allen shares his work on a multi-platform project he initiated and directed: Carriberrie. Carriberrie showcases song and dance by various Indigenous cultural groups across Australia, which can be watched in planetariums as a fulldome experience, through VR, and is also accessible through an online webs…
 
The international media uses strong words to describe China’s system of governance. American newspapers often inform their readers that China’s regime is “authoritarian” or “totalitarian”, or both. Yet supporters of the Communist Party say that China has developed a political system which perfectly suits its culture and that "socialism with Chinese…
 
The danger of war in the Taiwan Strait is growing. This island’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party, which favours Taiwan’s de jure independence, is becoming increasingly friendly with the United States. President Biden has said America will fight to defend Taiwan if it is attacked. The threat from China is clear whenever its aircraft fly into Tai…
 
British foreign policy, including towards China, is being forged under fraught circumstances. The Conservative government is losing favour not just with the press and the public but has also experienced battles among its own members. Politicians are sometimes referred to as hawks or doves on China, yet how suitable are such labels? And how much do …
 
This episode features soul and R&B musician Mi-kaisha, a Darumbal Murri and Tongan artist raised in Sydney who shares her experiences of performing for her community, as well as abroad. She made her dream come true studying at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and has many achievements in her pocket: she was NAIDOC Youth of the Year in …
 
China does not play fair when it comes to the intellectual property of American companies, according to the Biden administration. It is not a new allegation. The US has been complaining about having ideas stolen by China and the issue helped prompt a 'trade war' when Donald Trump was president. Last year, China amended its laws on patents and copyr…
 
A decade into the leadership of Xi Jinping, China appears to have even greater potential to transform global affairs than at any stage since it began to open up to the outside world, about thirty years ago. We often hear it said that China is ambitious and assertive on the foreign policy front.Yet how well do we really understand the objectives of …
 
As the global order changes, Germany is recasting its relations with China. Former Chancellor Angela Merkel visited China 12 times and forged a close relationship with Xi Jinping. However, under the current German leader Olaf Scholz, there’s a widening diplomatic gulf between the nations, with a growing wave of criticism of China’s human rights rec…
 
Dagmar is Associate Professor in the department of History, Classics, and Religious Studies at the University of Alberta and an indologist specialised in the history and literature of classical Indian medicine and alchemy. We discuss the complexities and opportunities of interdisciplinary research and how both disciplinary expertise and academic hu…
 
Political ties between Beijing and Hong Kong are growing tighter as a new Chief Executive prepares to take power in the city. John Lee is an avid proponent of the national security legislation which was brought in to crack down on dissent in Hong Kong, following anti-government protests. Mr Lee is a former police chief and the main candidate favour…
 
Twenty percent of China’s international trade flows through Shanghai, so when the port was hit by a lockdown at the start of April 2022, the repercussions quickly rippled across the globe. Companies such as Apple, Tesla, Adidas and Este Lauder all warned of disruption to their supply chains and the likelihood of higher costs for consumers. The enfo…
 
Cianna Walker is a Yuin and Gumbaynggirr musician living in Sydney. She is at the start of her music career as a singer and she studies Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of music. Cianna comes from a long line of Indigenous activists and cultural educators. We talked about her experiences of starting her university endeavour, awkward land acknowle…
 
South Korea’s new president is enjoying attention from both the United States and China. Yoon Suk-yeol spoke with President Biden just a few hours after he was elected and is preparing to host the US leader in Seoul in May. Mr Yoon has also spoken on the telephone with Xi Jinping, who assured him that China and South Korea are “inseparable partners…
 
China is one of very few countries to hold permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council, a committee with the daunting brief to maintain peace and security throughout the world. The mood is often fractious, with China and Russia on one side, at loggerheads with Britain, France and the United States on the other. Xi Jinping recently p…
 
China regards its money as an ambassador to the world. It would like the yuan - or renminbi - to be held in just as much esteem as the euro, or even the US dollar; in other words, a truly global currency. Yet there are major barriers to the internationalisation of the renminbi, including its limited convertibility and China’s cautious approach towa…
 
China has refused to condemn Russia’s belligerence in Ukraine, drawing accusations that Beijing has supported Moscow’s invasion. When Western nations imposed economic sanctions on Russia and supplied Ukraine with weapons, China warned that such moves add fuel to the fire. China’s leaders insist they are committed to promoting peace through negotiat…
 
The Chinese Communist Party operates an advanced surveillance network, which maintains strict control over all forms of information. Agents keep a particularly close watch over what is discussed on websites and social media. Those who step out of line with their comments on politics face being detained. There are frequent reports of politically mot…
 
People who invest money in China are seriously concerned about the wave of Covid-19 which has spread across the country in the spring of 2022. With daily cases numbering in the thousands, cities such as Shanghai and Shenzhen have been subject to lockdowns. The longer the crisis continues, the more profound the impact on China’s economic growth. The…
 
The plight of the people who live in the Chinese province of Xinjiang is a matter of heated debate at the United Nations, in parliaments and on social media. It is here that human rights abuses against the Uyghurs are taking place, according to the United States, the European Union and the UK - all of which have responded with sanctions on Chinese …
 
China has a very serious image problem when it comes to the treatment of of the Uyghurs and other Turkic ethnic groups in the north-western province of Xinjiang. Internet searches on the topic throw up phrases such as “genocide” and “forced labour”. Some researchers estimate that since 2016, more than one million people have been detained without t…
 
Speeches by Xi Jinping are full of references to the events over the past hundred years, as well as stories from China's ancient past. For Mr Xi, the narrative follows China’s steady progress towards prosperity following a century of humiliation, which began with the Opium War in the 1840s. But some historians say that the Party's version of histor…
 
China is a far richer nation than it was 40 years ago, when it began to integrate with the global economy. However, income disparity has also widened, which is a concern to the Chinese Communist Party, especially as it seems to be an affront to its socialist principles. Xi Jinping has begun a campaign to narrow the gap between rich and poor and cre…
 
Listen to an interview with Dr Jason Birch, Senior Research Fellow on the 'Light on Hatha Yoga' Project who discusses the discipline of philology, just what it takes to produce a critical edition, worm eaten manuscripts and his latest textual discovery a 14th century compendia entitled the Yogārṇava, 'The Ocean of Yoga'.…
 
China's leaders have revealed that they are worried about a number of threats to economic growth, some of them quite serious. Premier Li Keqiang adopted a downbeat tone in a recent speech, expressing his concern at a "complex and grim domestic and international environment" and acknowledging "new downward pressure on the economy". A key concern is …
 
Just as much of the world seems to be emerging from the pandemic, the Covid-19 situation in Hong Kong is getting worse. By February 2022, hospitals were in danger of becoming overwhelmed with sick patients, with thousands of people being diagnosed with the coronavirus every day. Xi Jinping said Hong Kong must “mobilise all forces and resources” in …
 
Xi Jinping claims that China has achieved a tremendous feat by raising the standard of living of its citizens. "No other country can lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in such a short time," he said in 2021, describing the achievement as "a human miracle that will go down in history." However, another huge challenge awaits; keeping …
 
In January 2022 China's ambassador to the US, Qin Gang, warned Mr Biden: "If the Taiwanese authorities, emboldened by the United States, keep going down the road for independence, it most likely will involve China and the United States, the two big countries, in a military conflict." He continued: "Let me emphasise this, the Taiwan issue is the big…
 
This podcast has been brought to life as part of Charlotte Schuitenmaker’s PhD Thesis on contemporary Indigenous musics in Australia, investigating the relations between activism, urbanism, and Indigeneity through music. Instead of using interviews for just her thesis, Charlotte wants to share the interviews with you. The stories are important, and…
 
China is one of the most hotly debated topics in American politics and the cause of much division. In both the Senate and Congress, representatives tussle over whether China should be regarded as a strategic competitor, a threat, or a malign influence. Think tanks in Washington offer their interpretations, too. The Quincy Institute for Responsible …
 
This podcast is brought to you as part of the Understanding Yoga Studies project, an online content series designed specifically to support early career and independent scholars gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the academic field of Yoga Studies.As a recognised field of academic study Yoga Studies is relatively young. Historically th…
 
As China strives to become more self-reliant, the Chinese Communist Party is keenly promoting a strategy it calls "dual circulation". This pushes for more goods and services to be developed in China, serving domestic consumers, while at the same time China keeps up enthusiastic trade with the rest of the world. The Party takes the view that the sta…
 
China’s increasing influence has profoundly changed the power dynamic in Asia. For decades, its economic growth has outstripped that of Japan and under Xi Jinping, there's also clear ambition to build the People's Liberation Army into a world class military. That army, through its coastguard division, constantly irks Japan by sailing vessels into t…
 
Chinese athletes brought glory to their country at the Tokyo Olympics through shooting, diving, weight lifting and table tennis. China hopes the Winter Olympics in Beijing will further boost the nation's international reputation by creating a harmonious atmosphere among skiers and snowboarders. However, the delegations of many countries face a dile…
 
Hearts on sleeves. Panjab In My Eye Episode 17 features a mix of artists who have come up in the 2020s. Celebrating Panjabi love, heartache and expressiveness, this weeks show features artists Jeona Sandhu, Arsh Heer and Noor Tung amongst others.Panj Dareyavaan Da Bass - Bass of the Five RiversBadshah - Surinder Shinda (Prod Sukh Rana) 00:00Kaboote…
 
With/msb Ep.61. Serious – Mansur Brown 00:002. Point of View – LTJ Bukem 02:403. 2Am – Boonshot 04:284. Cool Bless Safe – Finn Foxell 06:105. Will You Cry – See Dee 07:456. First Class – Khruangbin 10:207. Papaya – Wun Two 13:258. You Can’t Turn Me Away – Sylvia Striplin 15:309. More than a lover, more than a woman – Cay Caleb 18:0010. U don’t need…
 
This podcast has been brought to life as part of Charlotte Schuitenmaker's PhD Thesis on contemporary Indigenous musics in Australia, investigating the relations between activism, urbanism, and Indigeneity through music. Instead of using interviews for just her thesis, Charlotte wants to share the interviews with you. The stories are important, and…
 
Ministerial contact between China and Australia was severed in 2021 as a result of a bitter trade dispute, which has impacted exports of Australian wine, barley, lobster, beef and coal to China. On the security front, Australia has signed up to AUKUS, a nuclear-powered submarine agreement with the United Kingdom and the United States, in a move wid…
 
Panjab In My Eye’ Episode 16 featuring Karan Aujla, BBS, Rokitbeats and Gagan Mand. Some feel good and some acceleration tracks. Giving exposure to sound aesthetics and artists through flips, recent releases and Panjabi mixes. Panj Dareyaavan Da Bass - Bass of the Five Rivers on SOAS RadioTere Te Remix ft AP Dhillon & Gurinder Gill - DJ BBS 00:0080…
 
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