China in the Americas

Rasheed J. Griffith

A podcast exploring the growing economic, political and social relationships between China and the Americas. Hosted by Rasheed Griffith.
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The Canada-China Political Deep Freeze
The Canada-China Political Deep Freeze
Following the 2018 arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou 孟晚舟 on extradition charges to the USA, the political relationship of Canada and China has entered a "Deep Freeze" (as stated by David Mulroney, former Canadian Ambassador to China). In retaliation Chinese authorities arrested two Canadians in China; one of them recently sentenced to 11 years in jail.  Earlier this year Canadian parliament declared that the treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjing, China amounts to "genocide". What is the current landscape of Sino-Canadian relations and where can the two countries go from here? This episode features Prof. Gordon Houlden: Director Emeritus China Institute, a Professor of Political Science, and an Adjunct Professor of the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. Professor Houlden joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1976, serving in Ottawa and abroad. Twenty-two of his years in the Canadian Foreign Service were spent working on Chinese economic, trade and political affairs for the Government of Canada, including five postings in China. His last assignment before joining the University of Alberta in 2008 was as Director General of the East Asian Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Show NotesChina in the Canadian Arctic Meng WanZhou Extradition case Canadian sentenced to 11 years in jail in ChinaChinese Ambassador to Canada interviewMessage/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more information on China in the Americas topics)Outro Music: Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers
Aug 21 2021
43 mins
Small State Diplomacy and ChinaA New Era in China's Development Finance to Emerging Economies
Earlier this year China published a white paper on its new approach to International Development Finance. Our guest, Stella Zhang, described this white paper as a "landmark document" in Chinese foreign policy. We discuss the implications of the document along with the nuances of how Chinese firms currently approach international contracting projects and financing. How will these firms operate differently going forward? How will Latin America and Caribbean countries capitalize on China's more explicit signaling of its willingness to assist  with economic growth and development?Hong (Stella) Zhang is a PhD candidate at George Mason University. Her research interests include China’s role in international development, the internationalization of China’s development state, and the overseas expansion of China’s state-owned enterprises. She had worked for five years as an overseas correspondent with China’s Caixin Media in London and Washington D.C.Follow Stella on Twitter @StellaHongZhangShow NotesChina’s Manifesto for Leadership in Global Development by Stella Hong ZhangThe Aid-Contracting Nexus: The role of the international contracting industry in China's overseas development engagements by Stella Hong Zhang Roundtable: Will the G7’s B3W Initiative change the game of global infrastructure development?程诚:《“一带一路”中非发展合作新模式:“造血金融”如何改变非洲》Message/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China in the Americas topics)Outro Music: La Dueña del Swing by Los Hermanos Rosario
Aug 4 2021
45 mins
Scott MacDonald on Bank De-Risking in the Caribbean and the New Cold War DebateWill China Be Cuba's Next Patron?A Deep Dive on Banking with Chinese LendersLTG Charles Hooper on China and US Security Cooperation
Retired Lieutenant General Charles Hooper is the Former  Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (2017-2020). LTG Hooper was commissioned in 1979 as an infantryman. Since then his political-military assignments include: Assistant Army Attaché to China; the Deputy Division Chief, War Plans Division; Senior Country Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense; and U.S. Defense Attaché to the People's Republic of China among other prominent assignments.  LTG Hooper joined The Cohen Group as a Senior Counselor in October 2020 following a distinguished 41-year military career. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.LTG Hooper is fluent in Mandarin and has had a truly fascinating career in the US-China military and policy relations. In the first part of the podcast we discuss the early days of his experiences in China from the 1980s, then we discuss some finer aspects of US foreign weapons sales and security cooperation, and finally we discussed his views on current US-China relations. LTG Hooper on Twitter: @LTG_CHooperShow Notes:FAOA Journal of International Affairs (for Foreign Area Officers) The U.S. Military in Support of Strategic Objectives in Latin America and the Caribbean by Prof. Evan Ellis (Army War College) ISIS in the Caribbean美国反对美国 (America Against America) by Wang Huning 王沪宁Subscribe to China in the Caribbean Newsletter on SubstackMessage/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China-Caribbean topics)Intro Music:Revenge Dub by Vin GordonOutro Music:Bridges by Shaggy (ft. Chronixx)
May 1 2021
1 hr 3 mins
Economic History of the Caribbean since the Napoleonic Wars
It is impossible to have a serious and nuanced conversation on the Caribbean's engagement with China without understanding the historical context of the Caribbean economies. When we study the arc of Caribbean economic history, a wide-scale engagement with China (as the world's largest exporter and soon the largest importer) should not be seen as any kind of hard pivot but instead the continuation of the Caribbean's long-standing trade dynamic.  However, we must avoid falling into the trap of thinking that engagement with China is a zero-sum game. In this episode I'm joined by Victor Bulmer-Thomas, Professor Emeritus of Economics at University of London and Former Director of Chatham House. He wrote what is perhaps the best book on Caribbean economic history titled 'The Economic History of the Caribbean since the Napoleonic Wars'. "There is a great deal of pessimism in the Caribbean today - just as there was in the 1930s, 1890s and even earlier. The region has struggled to find the correct policy responses to globalisation, is increasingly marginal to the interests of most more countries, is mostly too "rich" to qualify for aid flows or debt relief, and has failed to build institutions it knows are required. Some of this pessimism is justified, but much of it is not. The Caribbean still has advantages that other less fortunate regions lack and is in a position to resolve many of its problems itself. Whether it does so depends in part on drawing the right lessons from its own historical experience." - Prof. Bulmer-Thomas Subscribe to China in the Caribbean Newsletter on SubstackMessage/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China-Caribbean topics)Email me: hello@rasheedjg.meIntro Music:Rumours by Gregory IssacsOutro Music:Hills and Valleys by Buju BantonDonatePaxos0x1fbDB8C50A031c682cad06355197f5639C8343C4
Mar 27 2021
1 hr 1 min
Guangzhou to Barbados: Growing up Chinese in the CaribbeanUS-China Tech Competition & the Transpacific ExperimentHow the Caribbean Approaches Diplomacy with ChinaWe're All In The Caribbean with Tyler Cowen
I'm now an Emergent Ventures Fellow! I've received a generous grant from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The grant will be used to develop this podcast and create more China-Caribbean relations content (newsletter coming soon)! This is all thanks to this episode's guest - Tyler Cowen. He is the Director of the Mercatus Center and an Economics Professor at George Mason University. Tyler is also the coauthor (along with Alex Tabarrok of the Marginal Revolution blog) and host of the Conversations with Tyler Podcast. Show NotesSir. Arthur Lewis, Nobel Prize winning Economist from St. LuciaKing Tubby, Jamaican Dub musicianHector Hyppolite, Haitian painter (perhaps the most famous)José Bedia, Cuban avant garde artistPaul Romer, on Jamaican governance failures and diaspora votingDelisle Worrell, Caribbean countries need to retire their currencies and DollarizeCamile Paglia, on Rihanna (who is Barbadian) Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum (Helsinki, Finland)Sibelius Violin Concerto (Ray Chen with GSO)McCloskey’s Bourgeois VirtuesJunot Diaz 'Apocalypse' On suicide in the Caribbean Music in the Castle of Heaven (book) by John Eliot GardinerIn The Mood for Love, film by Wong Kar-Wai (my favourite)Message/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China-Caribbean topics)Email me: hello@rasheedjg.meIntro Music:Chilout/Slum by Gregory Isaacs (Jamaican dub genre) Outro Music:Sé pa pou dat by Alan Cavé (Haitian Kompa genre)DonatePaxos0x1fbDB8C50A031c682cad06355197f5639C8343C4
Feb 24 2021
1 hr 15 mins
Does Washington D.C. Think About the Caribbean?Sino-Venezuelan Relations with Parsifal D’SolaBlack Panthers to Higher Brothers: Blackness and Anti-Blackness in ChinaChina's Security Engagement in the CaribbeanChina Watching from the Caribbean with Jeremy GoldkornDebt and Discontent? Chinese Loans in the CaribbeanThe State of Politics in Taiwan (Part 1)What the Caribbean can Learn about China from Africa