Stan Abrams of China Hearsay joins the pod to discuss Wen Jiabao’s alleged family wealth and China in the US election. We cover the NY Times piece, the US presidential debates and more of the NY Times piece. Stan and Josh inexplicably refer to the Chinese Premier as Wen “Jiaobao” and do our best not to take Mitt Romney too seriously.

Special thanks to Michael Ardaiolo for editing the podcast . You can follow him on Twitter @mpardaiolo


The Beijing Ducks have won the 2012 Chinese Basketball Association’s (CBA) championship led by fallen NBA star Stephon Marbury. Depending on who you ask, it is a story of redemption, unrealized potential or just oddity. Yet there is no doubt that the CBA reached unprecedented popularity this year due to a combination of factors, including an inflow of NBA players who signed during the brief lockout, the rise of a previously unheralded team, and yes, the compelling story of Stephon “Starbury” Marbury.

Jon Pastuszek, arguably the most knowledgeable foreigner on everything CBA, and author of the popular NiuBBall blog, comes on China Policy Pod to give his take on what took place this season and what it means for the future of basketball in China. You can follow Jon on Twitter @NiuBBall

Must Read NiuBBall Articles:

Additional Relevant Articles:

Stephon “Starbury” Marbury on Social Media:

The Flying Tigers have received extensive media attention over the years, but the American presence in China during WWII extended far beyond the few famed pilots. Thousands of American troops worked to supply the Chinese Guomindong allies using a road that stretched from India through Burma. That land route ended in Kunming, China.

Joshua Taylor, my next door neighbor growing up, served in the United States army during WWII, running supplies through Southeast Asia to Southwest China. He sat down in his Brooklyn home with China Policy Pod to tell his story.

A special thanks to Patrick Boehler, a journalist based in Hong Kong, who edited this podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @MrBaoPanrui

Two of the more baffling China op-eds were published in the same week as the GOP field (minus Jon Huntsman, of course) demonstrated that they have limited knowledge of China. Stan Abrams, lawyer and China Hearsay Blogger, joins China Policy Pod for a delightfully snarky podcast. You can read China Hearsay and follow Stan on Twitter.

Also, a big thank you to Patrick Boehler, a journalism student in HK who generously offered to edit the podcast while the regular editor is on maternity leave. You can follow him on Twitter @MrBaoPanrui

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Former Microsoft COO Bob Herbold, joins China Policy Pod by phone to discuss his recent Wall Street Journal op-ed “America Vs. China: Who is the Developing Country?”

Please note that their were technical issues on the phone and the sound quality is sub-par, but I think the conversation is pretty interesting.

Bob Herbold is the author of the book, What’s Holding You Back? In addition, I encourage you to read his op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, which we discuss in the podcast:


During the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, China was crippled by a trust in false data coming from the provinces. Today much has changed in China, yet the even the top ranks of the Chinese leadership remain skeptical of some of the economic indicators being reported from the sub-central level.

In Understanding China’s Economic Indicators, Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street journalist Tom Orlik looks at how to make sense of China’s numbers. Tom stopped by China Policy Pod to discuss the topic.

You can buy his book here, and Tom also has written a number of articles on the topic:

Hollywood film studios have had a long struggle to gain traction in the Chinese market. Despite the wild popularity of US films, producers face rampant piracy, distribution restrictions and a 20 foreign-film-a-year quota. Yet the success of films like Avatar and Inception have foreign studios salivating at China’s massive market opportunity. Meanwhile China has failed to uphold a WTO ruling against it.

LA Times’ China business correspondent David Pierson talks to China Policy Pod about Hollywood’s long struggle in China and its current prospects. David has written a number of articles on the topic:

You can also follow David on Twitter @dhpierson

China still restricting foreign media, U.S. complains

China’s census showed much more than the fact that the country still has the biggest population in the world. Adrienne Mong of NBC News goes through the data and discusses the most important new trends with China Policy Pod.

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You can follow Adrienne on Twitter: @adriennemong

Award winning New Yorker journalist Evan Osnos stops by to discuss his experience on a Chinese group tour through Europe. His excellent article on the trip was published in this week’s issue of the New Yorker magazine.

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You can follow Evan on twitter @eosnos

Sure most Chinese television is pretty bad, but Chuck David says that if you look in the right places, there are some real gems worth watching. Chuck runs down a list of his favorite shows as he tells China Policy Pod that just because you can’t find The Wire or Mad Men on Chinese TV, you’re missing out if you say that nothing is worth a watch.

Chuck’s List of Best Chinese Television Series: