[Flash Forward] POWER: The Sleeping Lion

POWER: The Sleeping Lion

03/12/2019 by Rose Eveleth

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Today’s episode is about a future in which China supplants the US as the dominant world superpower. Is it imminent? What does a China-led world look like? And why are so many people worried about it? Guests: Meredith Oyen, professor of history and director of Asian studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Gina Tam, professor of history at Trinity University Linda Yueh, economist and author of The Great Economists Lina Getachew Ayenew, author of The Complete Beginner’s Guide to China-Africa Relations Michael Wahid Hanna, senior fellow at The Century Foundation
Actors: Employee welcomer — Ewan Chung New employee — Tamara Krinsky
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Flash Forward is produced by me, Rose Eveleth. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky. Special thanks to Yutong Yuang who provided the translation into Mandarin and to Tony Chow for introducing me to Yutong. Get in touch: Twitter // Facebook // Reddit // info@flashforwardpod.com Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Listen Date: 2020-02-02


  • This was one of those very surface depth looks at the Belt and Road Initiative; and would be fantastic for somebody who’s completely new to, or confused by the subject.
  • But for me, it was just repetition of whatever I’d read from foreign policy or economics blogs / columns.
  • I think the one very insightful thing here came from the bonus episode for Patreons – it pointed out that while there’s a point often made about how China doesn’t have the same cultural expectations for privacy as the West, the thing that falsifies that argument is that protestors in Hong Kong are super concerned about their privacy.
  • So we should probably be a little overweight in skepticism about that argument and seeing it as a justification by an authoritarian state, and underweight in accepting it as “Some cultural differences are deep and irrevocable.”


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