In the last week power and pageantry have engulfed Beijing as China has convened its Twin Congresses: the annual meeting of the country's two highest decision-making councils. As the Communist Party has seized the opportunity to celebrate its grip on power and lay out China's economic and political roadmap for the next five years, other changes have nearly slipped by, such as President Obama's announcement of a surprise replacement for outgoing Ambassador Jon Huntsman. Join us on this Sinica this week as we look behind the curtains of power and explore what these developments really mean.

Joining Kaiser Kuo in the studio this week is Jeremy Goldkorn, the man behind the indispensable We're also delighted to have Public Radio International's Mary Kay Magistad in our studio along with Jeremiah Jenne, Qing historian and Dean of China Studies at the IES program in Beijing. Rounding out our group is Josh Chin, China correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, who makes his debut appearance on Sinica this week.

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 said on
March 13, 2011
the 'stand alone mp3 file' doesn't link to anything..? neither does the RSS feed, for that matter. would appreciate the download link!
 said on
March 13, 2011

Fixed -- and thanks for the ping about the problem!

 said on
March 15, 2011
Great podcast! Informative, fun and smart. This was the first I listened to and now I'm hooked.


Bill Siggins
 said on
March 24, 2011
Dear Kaiser et al.,

Fascinating show (as always)! In the podcast you mention putting up some links on the Sinica blog. What is the URL of that blog? (I assume this is not it, since I don't see any links to books or other online sites here.)


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