229: Kerry Brown – the World’s Most Powerful Nation Under Xi Jinping

229: Kerry Brown – the World’s Most Powerful Nation Under Xi Jinping


 

Podcast highlights:

  • [05:30] Talking about the "Man of Faith" - what are some of the most common misconceptions and stereotypes of Xi Jinping in the West?
  • [18:30] What is the One Belt One Road Initiative and what does Xi Jinping have to do with it?
  • [42:30] So where do you begin if you want to start looking into China? The King's College Professor advises you to get on the plane!

Podcast notes:

  • [00:05] Welcoming Kerry Brown - Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of Lao China Institute at King's College, London, and Author of Several Books.
  • [01:15] What made Kerry Brown write his latest book, "The World According to Xi", and what's the message he's trying to tell the world about the president of China?
  • [05:30] Talking about the "Man of Faith" - what are some of the most common misconceptions and stereotypes of Xi Jinping in the West?
  • [11:00] Graham and Kerry Brown discuss Chinese Soft Power and contrasts in international politics.
  • [18:30] What is the One Belt One Road Initiative and what does Xi Jinping have to do with it?
  • [21:00] China is becoming more and more familiar to the rest of the world but according to Kerry Brown, there's still a long way to go.
  • [25:30] We need an honest dialogue about China in the West as the country keeps globalizing.
  • [29:00] In spite of of globalization, the number of students enrolled in Chinese language classes is dropping – what are some of Kerry Brown's thoughts on learning Chinese?
  • [37:15] China is facing a huge challenge with soil, water and air quality after decades of hard industialization.
  • [40:15] Did you know that Liverpool has one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world? Discussing Liverpool Shanghai Partnership.
  • [42:30] So where do you begin if you want to start looking into China? The King's College Professor advises you to get on the plane!
  • [50:00] Immersing yourself in a different culture can be scary. Visit one of the dozens of Chinatowns all over the world to get a taste of Chinese culture.
  • [50:30] Want to learn more about Kerry Brown? Visit his website at www.kerry-brown.co.uk to find more! The Great Learning Starts Now.