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From the team that brought you the satirical TV news show China Uncensored comes a...well...less scripted look at China. Chris Chappell and his team are off the teleprompter and on the mic to interview China experts, or discuss the issues of the day. And frankly, anything else they feel like discussing.
 
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Dissent in China is more widespread than most people know. That’s because Chinese state media doesn’t report on it, and China’s censorship apparatus either blocks or erases evidence of it. The NGO Freedom House has created a China Dissent Monitor to track various forms of protest in China. In this episode of China Unscripted, we talk about the perc…
 
China uses "entropic warfare" to weaken its adversaries and put it in a relatively stronger position on the world stage by amplifying division and sowing chaos. In this episode of China Unscripted, we talk about China's relationship to TikTok, China's influence in the Pacific, particularly the Marshall Islands and the Solomon Islands, and the dange…
 
The 12th Bureau of China's spy agency, the Ministry of State Security (MSS), is not your typical clandestine spy operation. Officers of MSS's 12 bureau operate in the public eye. Rather than stealing state secrets, they seek to influence public opinion on China, which is why it's made up of a coterie of of academics, artists and business people. In…
 
Ahead of a meeting of Chinese Communist Party leaders, China flooded the airwaves with propaganda about Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The over-the-top projection of Xi as a man of the people could not have been more ironic. In this just us episode of China Unscripted, we talk about security, protests and propaganda in the lead-up to the 20th Party Con…
 
Videos of people in white PPE suits toting guns have gone viral in China, creating fear that China's unpopular zero covid policy could soon turn deadly. Taiwan draws a red line on China going into its airspace and territorial waters, saying any incursion by China will count as a "first strike". China is trying to turn Hong Kong communist—but slowly…
 
Modern life depends on microchips for the function of everything tech, from microwaves to phones to airplanes to drones. As important as microchips are though, their supply chain is just as fragile. In this episode of China Unscripted, we talk about the importance of microchips to the world economy, how a Chinese invasion of Taiwan could break the …
 
Chinese propaganda is no longer confined to Chinese state-controlled media. The Chinese Communist Party has realized that its propaganda is much more effective when it comes from sources that appear independent from the Chinese government. In this episode of China Unscripted, we discuss how Chinese propaganda has become more international and cover…
 
Chengdu residents were under strict Covid lockdowns when a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the city of 16 million. In some areas, local officials kept people from fleeing their homes due to the lockdowns. In this Just Us episode of China Unscripted, we talk about China's strict zero covid policy, China's subversion of the United Nations, a new fash…
 
China has a network of spies, but not necessarily the kind of spies you might imagine. Instead of using highly-trained informants, China uses everyday citizens to monitor and suppress dissidents overseas. In this episode of China Unscripted, we discuss how China exports its repression overseas, how China uses its Covid app to track dissidents insid…
 
Chinese citizens are leaving China in droves as an economic crisis fueled by greedy real estate developers looms large. Things have gotten so bad that a new "run philosophy" has pushed many to seek a life elsewhere. China is no longer hiding its intentions to invade Taiwan. Why it will be better for US businesses if they pull out of China now rathe…
 
Could China attack India before Taiwan? While the world is watching breathlessly what China does with Taiwan, the conflict on the China-India border is flying under the radar. In 2020, China and India fought hand-to-hand combat there, and neither China nor India’s territorial claims have gone away. In this episode of China Unscripted, we talk about…
 
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan Aug. 2-3 as part of a tour of Asia. What made it newsworthy was not that she visited a fellow democratic nation, but how Taiwan's biggest neighbor, China, reacted to her visit. In this episode of China Unscripted, we talk about why Pelosi's trip was so significant, what China's response to it was, and wh…
 
Chinese apps don't have to steal your data from you, you give them permission to steal your data when you download them. And even after you delete Chinese apps from your phone, Beijing can still track you. Watch this episode of China Unscripted for more on how China is tracking you through your phone, other reasons Chinese apps are so dangerous, an…
 
The Chinese Communist Party is running a global network of drug trafficking, money laundering, and human trafficking. It's worth billions of dollars in Canada alone. And the CCP has corrupted Canadian government officials to the point where many of them prefer to take CCP money and benefits, rather than tackle the problem. Is Canadian Prime Minster…
 
The PLA has the world's largest standing army, and is building its military faster than any country since World War II. But don't worry. Xi Jinping assures the world that the military is for peace. It's just that sometimes to maintain peace, you need to invade Taiwan. On this week's podcast, we talk about how China has the best human rights, China'…
 
Is Australia going to cave to China? That's the question on a lot of people's minds after Australia's national elections on May 21. Australia drew the ire of the CCP after Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an investigation into the origins of Covid-19, and Australia-China relations have been strained ever since. In this episode of China Unsc…
 
Bougainville could be the world's next country. The small Pacific island of about 300,000 residents is fighting for its independence from Papua New Guinea, which is hopelessly in the pockets of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Bougainville wants nothing to do with it after successfully blocking Chinese influence in its own territory. In this epis…
 
Taiwan is on a lot of people's minds after Russia's invasion of Ukraine and there has been a lot of speculation about if and how China will invade. In this episode of China Unscripted, we talk about the US's strengths and weaknesses in a war with China, what a State Department website change might mean for US policy on Taiwan, and whether China wou…
 
Australian Senate candidate Drew Pavlou held a sign criticizing Chinese leader Xi Jinping outside a shopping mall in Australia. What happened next was shocking to see in a supposedly democratic, first-world country. In this episode of China Unscripted, we talk about Drew's activism against CCP influence in Australia, his new political party formed …
 
China is trying to expand its influence in the Pacific, and it's gained a foothold there by signing a security deal with the Solomon Islands. This security deal was signed by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, despite the opposition by local leaders such as the premier of Malaita Province Daniel Suidani. Joining us in this episode of China Unscripte…
 
After seeing how poorly a big country like Russia fared invading its much smaller neighbor, you might think China would have second thoughts about invading Taiwan. In this episode of China Unscripted, we talk about what China, Taiwan and the West are learning from Russia's invasion of Ukraine, what the West needs to be doing to prevent Taiwan from …
 
China wants to become the dominant power in the Pacific, and for a while, it was gaining ground. However the United States is waking up to China's threat in the region and is fighting back. In this episode of China Unscripted, we talk about China's influence in the Solomon Islands, how the Solomon Islands is a case study on Chinese colonialism, and…
 
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