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China in the Americas

English, Social, 1 season, 32 episodes, 1 day, 2 hours, 2 minutes
A podcast exploring the growing economic, political and social relationships between China and the Americas. Hosted by Rasheed Griffith. Hosted on Acast. See ( for more information.
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There’s A Plot Afoot?

In this episode, Rasheed talks to Ethan Knecht about free trade agreements and investments of China in other countries. Exchanging thoughts and opinions regarding the Panama Canal dispute and diplomatic relationships between MERCOSUR and China.LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:Fireside Chat on Latin America with General Laura RichardsonCONNECT WITH ETHAN KNECHT:Instagram: LinkedIn: CONNECT RASHEED GRIFFITH:Twitter: LinkedIn:  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
10/3/202253 minutes, 51 seconds
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China and Tech in the Global South

In this episode, Rasheed talks to Bryce Barros, Nathan Kohlenberg, and Etienne Soula about their report about China’s influence over the digital information environment outside of its borders.LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:China and the Digital Informations Stack in the Global SouthCONNECT WITH BRYCE, NATHAN, AND ETIENNE:Bryce BarrosTwitter: KohlenbergTwitter: SoulaTwitter: RASHEED GRIFFITH:Twitter: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
8/31/202258 minutes, 22 seconds
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To China or the Market? Commercial Creditors and Caribbean Debt Financing

To China or the market? Why borrow from a Private lender instead of China? In this episode, Rasheed talks to Federico Sequeda about why international US-based commercial creditors invest in Caribbean bond markets.  Federico Sequeda is Head of Country Research and Portfolio Manager for the Emerging Markets Team at Eaton Vance. Eaton Vance is a part of Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Key Points Include:Fundamental Debt MetricsWhy governments may prefer private financing over concessionary loans Do Chinese loans crowd out private creditors What are the data challenges in investing in emerging markets Creditor committee views on IMF structural adjustment programs Resources Mentioned in this EpisodeThe Human Freedom Index (Fraser Economic Freedom Index, as heard in the episode)I recommend pairing this Episode 28 on the Legal Dynamics of Sovereign Debt MarketsConnect with Federico SequedaLinkedInConnect with Rasheed GriffithLinkedInTwitter: @rasheedguo Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
7/26/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 58 seconds
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Panamá-China Relations

The Republic of Panama officially recognized the People's Republic of China in 2017. Ever since then, there has been a constant parade of op-eds from think tanks about the potential risk of China's advance in Central America. We are joined by Sebastian Naranjo, a PhD candidate at Renmin University in Beijing and an Asia Desk Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Panamá, to seek some truth from facts on this issue. Why did Panamá cut diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favor of the PRC?How central is the canal to politics in Panamá? What tangible projects has the PRC assisted with in Panamá? How relevant is Chinese culture in the daily lives on Panamanians? Has Panama's relations with the USA soured in any way since 2017? We discussed these questions and more! Recommendations: Panamá y China: Una relación de tres siglos (Berta Alicia Chen)La Ruta de la Seda y Panamá (Eddie Tapiero)  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
7/20/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 3 seconds
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Legal Dynamics of Sovereign Debt Markets

IMF Structural Adjustment Programs; Private Creditor Committees; Chinese bilateral loan contracts; Activist Hedge Funds; Paris Club vs China Development Bank.In foreign policy circles there is so much talk about Chinese  bilateral loans in Latin America and the Caribbean (and globally). But there seems to be little understanding of the dynamics sovereign debt markets which have important players like private investors and the International Monetary Fund. To discuss all of this we are joined by Thomas Laryea. Thomas formerly served as Assistant General Counsel at the International Monetary Fund, where he was responsible for the IMF’s legal relations in finance and economic surveillance with each of its member countries. Since moving into private practice, Thomas has advised on several recent high-profile sovereign debt restructurings including Argentina, Belize, and Suriname. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
3/3/202258 minutes, 28 seconds
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Dollarization Equals Economic Freedom

U.S Foreign Policy in the Caribbean seldom contemplates Monetary Policy. Domestic currencies in the Caribbean pervert economic freedom. Rather than being seen as economic imperialism, the spread of United States Dollars in the Caribbean should be seen as the spread of economic freedom. I am joined by Dr. DeLisle Worrell, former Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados to discuss why all Caribbean currencies should be permanently retired in favor of adopting the USD as the sole currency throughout the region.  We also discuss the potential of Chinese RMB internationalisation in the Caribbean. Further reading: The Time Has Come to Permanently Retire All Our Caribbean Currencies by Dr. Worrell Message/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more information on China in the Americas topics)Music: Night Nurse by Gregory Isaacs Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
2/12/202257 minutes, 45 seconds
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Redux: China-LAC 2021 Top Stories

In this episode I am joined by Ethan Knecht (author of The China-LAC Dispatch) and Mitch Hayes (author of The China Signal) for a roundtable discussion on what we think were the top stories of 2021 as it relates to China-Latin America & the Caribbean relations. Message/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more information on China in the Americas topics)Music: Silver Tongue Devil by Masego ft. Shenseea  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
2/10/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Canada-China Political Deep Freeze

Following the 2018 arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou 孟晚舟 on extradition charges to the USA, the political relationship of Canada and China has entered a "Deep Freeze" (as stated by David Mulroney, former Canadian Ambassador to China). In retaliation Chinese authorities arrested two Canadians in China; one of them recently sentenced to 11 years in jail.  Earlier this year Canadian parliament declared that the treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjing, China amounts to "genocide". What is the current landscape of Sino-Canadian relations and where can the two countries go from here? This episode features Prof. Gordon Houlden: Director Emeritus China Institute, a Professor of Political Science, and an Adjunct Professor of the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. Professor Houlden joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1976, serving in Ottawa and abroad. Twenty-two of his years in the Canadian Foreign Service were spent working on Chinese economic, trade and political affairs for the Government of Canada, including five postings in China. His last assignment before joining the University of Alberta in 2008 was as Director General of the East Asian Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Show NotesChina in the Canadian Arctic Meng WanZhou Extradition case Canadian sentenced to 11 years in jail in ChinaChinese Ambassador to Canada interviewMessage/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more information on China in the Americas topics)Outro Music: Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
8/21/202143 minutes, 52 seconds
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Small State Diplomacy and China

How should the embassies of small states be structured to optimize their economic return in relation to China? This episode features Dr. Chelston Brathwaite, Barbados's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China (2014-2017). Prior to that, Dr. Brathwaite served as the Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). Show NotesDr. Brathwaite's recently published memoirs- Memories of China: My Eleventh Defining MomentMessage/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China in the Americas topics)Outro Music: Hit It by The Mighty Gabby  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
8/5/202145 minutes, 2 seconds
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A New Era in China's Development Finance to Emerging Economies

Earlier this year China published a white paper on its new approach to International Development Finance. Our guest, Stella Zhang, described this white paper as a "landmark document" in Chinese foreign policy. We discuss the implications of the document along with the nuances of how Chinese firms currently approach international contracting projects and financing. How will these firms operate differently going forward? How will Latin America and Caribbean countries capitalize on China's more explicit signaling of its willingness to assist  with economic growth and development?Hong (Stella) Zhang is a PhD candidate at George Mason University. Her research interests include China’s role in international development, the internationalization of China’s development state, and the overseas expansion of China’s state-owned enterprises. She had worked for five years as an overseas correspondent with China’s Caixin Media in London and Washington D.C.Follow Stella on Twitter @StellaHongZhangShow NotesChina’s Manifesto for Leadership in Global Development by Stella Hong ZhangThe Aid-Contracting Nexus: The role of the international contracting industry in China's overseas development engagements by Stella Hong Zhang Roundtable: Will the G7’s B3W Initiative change the game of global infrastructure development?程诚:《“一带一路”中非发展合作新模式:“造血金融”如何改变非洲》Message/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China in the Americas topics)Outro Music: La Dueña del Swing by Los Hermanos Rosario Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
8/4/202145 minutes, 56 seconds
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Scott MacDonald on Bank De-Risking in the Caribbean and the New Cold War Debate

Scott B. MacDonald is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is also the chief economist at Smith’s Research & Gradings. Prior to that, he was the head of research at MC Asset Management LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation; chief economist for KWR International and an international economic adviser in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, D.C.Show NotesThe Return of the Cold War in the Caribbean by Scott Is There a ‘New Normal’ for De-risking in the Caribbean? by Scott Message/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China-Caribbean topics)Outro Music: Toast by Koffee Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
8/3/202148 minutes, 38 seconds
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Will China Be Cuba's Next Patron?

To truly understand Sino-Cuban relations you need to understand the context of Cuba's relations with Venezuela, the US, and the former USSR. Why did USSR become the Patron of Cuba for most of the Cold War? Why did Venezuela step in to support Cuba after the USSR collapse?  Just as the last cold war will Cuba be the nexus of the "New Cold War"? We discussed all of these questions. Dr. Bradley J. Murg is Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Director of Research, and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of International Relations and Political Science here at Paragon International University. Dr. Murg also has been recognized as Distinguished Fellow and Senior Advisor at the Cambodia Institute for Cooperation and Peace and Senior Research Advisor at Future Forum.  Dr. Murg’s research languages include English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, and German.Show NotesA Conversation between Che Guevara, Mao Zedong, and Zhou Enlai (1960)Venezuela and Cuba: The Ties that BindThere Will Not Be a New Cold War by Thomas ChristensenSino-Cuban Relations: No "New Cold War" in Havana by Bradley Murg & Rasheed GriffithOn the Havana Syndrome Willy Wo-Lap Lam Commentary Mao and the Sino-Soviet Split Message/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China-Caribbean topics)Intro/Outro Music: Chan Chan by Buena Vista Social Club Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
7/25/202149 minutes, 22 seconds
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A Deep Dive on Banking with Chinese Lenders

Kanyi Lui is a Taiwanese-Australian international finance lawyer based in Beijing. He is a Partner at Pinsent Masons with almost two decades of experience advising major financial institutions and borrowers on the development and financing of energy, natural resource, and infrastructure projects in emerging markets.   He has particular expertise on projects falling within the ambit of China’s Belt-and-Road Initiative (BRI).  Kanyi is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, Prime Disputes and Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, and has rights of audience before the AIFC Court. Show notes:Chinese financing: banking with Chinese lenders by Kanyi LuiHow China Lends by AidDataThe Chinese 'Debt Trap' Is a Myth by Deborah Brautigam and Meg RithmireSubscribe to China in the Caribbean Newsletter on SubstackMessage/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China-Caribbean topics)Intro Music:Africa Thing by Vin GordonOutro Music:没钥匙的锁 by 刘聡 Key.L Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
6/14/20211 hour, 25 minutes, 28 seconds
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LTG Charles Hooper on China and US Security Cooperation

Retired Lieutenant General Charles Hooper is the Former  Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (2017-2020). LTG Hooper was commissioned in 1979 as an infantryman. Since then his political-military assignments include: Assistant Army Attaché to China; the Deputy Division Chief, War Plans Division; Senior Country Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense; and U.S. Defense Attaché to the People's Republic of China among other prominent assignments.  LTG Hooper joined The Cohen Group as a Senior Counselor in October 2020 following a distinguished 41-year military career. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.LTG Hooper is fluent in Mandarin and has had a truly fascinating career in the US-China military and policy relations. In the first part of the podcast we discuss the early days of his experiences in China from the 1980s, then we discuss some finer aspects of US foreign weapons sales and security cooperation, and finally we discussed his views on current US-China relations. LTG Hooper on Twitter: @LTG_CHooperShow Notes:FAOA Journal of International Affairs (for Foreign Area Officers) The U.S. Military in Support of Strategic Objectives in Latin America and the Caribbean by Prof. Evan Ellis (Army War College) ISIS in the Caribbean美国反对美国 (America Against America) by Wang Huning 王沪宁Subscribe to China in the Caribbean Newsletter on SubstackMessage/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China-Caribbean topics)Intro Music:Revenge Dub by Vin GordonOutro Music:Bridges by Shaggy (ft. Chronixx) Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
5/1/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 43 seconds
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Economic History of the Caribbean since the Napoleonic Wars

It is impossible to have a serious and nuanced conversation on the Caribbean's engagement with China without understanding the historical context of the Caribbean economies. When we study the arc of Caribbean economic history, a wide-scale engagement with China (as the world's largest exporter and soon the largest importer) should not be seen as any kind of hard pivot but instead the continuation of the Caribbean's long-standing trade dynamic.  However, we must avoid falling into the trap of thinking that engagement with China is a zero-sum game. In this episode I'm joined by Victor Bulmer-Thomas, Professor Emeritus of Economics at University of London and Former Director of Chatham House. He wrote what is perhaps the best book on Caribbean economic history titled 'The Economic History of the Caribbean since the Napoleonic Wars'. "There is a great deal of pessimism in the Caribbean today - just as there was in the 1930s, 1890s and even earlier. The region has struggled to find the correct policy responses to globalisation, is increasingly marginal to the interests of most more countries, is mostly too "rich" to qualify for aid flows or debt relief, and has failed to build institutions it knows are required. Some of this pessimism is justified, but much of it is not. The Caribbean still has advantages that other less fortunate regions lack and is in a position to resolve many of its problems itself. Whether it does so depends in part on drawing the right lessons from its own historical experience." - Prof. Bulmer-Thomas Subscribe to China in the Caribbean Newsletter on SubstackMessage/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China-Caribbean topics)Email me: [email protected] Music:Rumours by Gregory IssacsOutro Music:Hills and Valleys by Buju BantonDonatePaxos0x1fbDB8C50A031c682cad06355197f5639C8343C4 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
3/27/20211 hour, 1 minute, 15 seconds
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Guangzhou to Barbados: Growing up Chinese in the Caribbean

Barbados is 91% Black. East Asians account for just around 0.1% of the country's population.   In this episode I chat with my friend Lin Jiang (Jack) about his experience growing up and living in the Caribbean. He moved to Barbados when we was 7 years old and immediately had to deal with questions of identity and issues of racism that persist until today.Subscribe to China in the Caribbean Newsletter on SubstackMessage/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China-Caribbean topics)Email me: [email protected] Music:Mr. Sun by Don CarlosOutro Music:那阵时不知道 by my little airpotDonatePaxos0x1fbDB8C50A031c682cad06355197f5639C8343C4 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
3/24/202128 minutes, 32 seconds
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US-China Tech Competition & the Transpacific Experiment

From BYD buses in Barbados, Huawei infrastructure in Antigua, Surveillance tech in Jamaica, and ZTE in Cuba, the US-China tech competition dramatically affects the Caribbean. In this episode I am joined by Matt Sheehan to discuss these issues as well as his book: The Transpacific Experiment. He is a Fellow at MacroPolo, a think tank of the Paulson Institute. Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattsheehan88Show NotesRemaking "Made in China": Beijing's Industrial Internet Ambitions by Matt SheehanHow Silicon Valley Views China Across Five Dimensions by Matt SheehanJamaica EyeBYD in Barbados Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister turns down Huawei to appease the USSubscribe to China in the Caribbean Newsletter on SubstackMessage/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China-Caribbean topics)Email me: [email protected] Music:Bridges by ShaggyOutro Music:Things In Life by Dennis Brown (you may know this song from Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express)DonatePaxos0x1fbDB8C50A031c682cad06355197f5639C8343C4 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
3/24/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 7 seconds
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How the Caribbean Approaches Diplomacy with China

In this episode I am joined by Barbados's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, His Excellency Ambassador Francois Jackman. We discussed several major foreign policy and geopolitical themes centred on the Caribbean's diplomatic posture towards China and the North Atlantic.Ambassador Jackman on Twitter: @francoisjackman Show Notes Barbados Foreign Policy Fifty Years and Beyond by Amb. JackmanThe Caribbean also needs to Pivot by Amb. JackmanCARICOM Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) Cuba-US-Caribbean Relations Overview of China-Barbados RelationsOrganisation of American States (OAS)China's economic engagement in the Caribbean (coauthored by me)Message/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China-Caribbean topics)Email me: [email protected]/Outro MusicRise and Shine by Bunny Wailer Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
3/4/202150 minutes, 21 seconds
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We're All In The Caribbean with Tyler Cowen

I'm now an Emergent Ventures Fellow! I've received a generous grant from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The grant will be used to develop this podcast and create more China-Caribbean relations content (newsletter coming soon)! This is all thanks to this episode's guest - Tyler Cowen. He is the Director of the Mercatus Center and an Economics Professor at George Mason University. Tyler is also the coauthor (along with Alex Tabarrok of the Marginal Revolution blog) and host of the Conversations with Tyler Podcast. Show NotesSir. Arthur Lewis, Nobel Prize winning Economist from St. LuciaKing Tubby, Jamaican Dub musicianHector Hyppolite, Haitian painter (perhaps the most famous)José Bedia, Cuban avant garde artistPaul Romer, on Jamaican governance failures and diaspora votingDelisle Worrell, Caribbean countries need to retire their currencies and DollarizeCamile Paglia, on Rihanna (who is Barbadian) Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum (Helsinki, Finland)Sibelius Violin Concerto (Ray Chen with GSO)McCloskey’s Bourgeois VirtuesJunot Diaz 'Apocalypse' On suicide in the Caribbean Music in the Castle of Heaven (book) by John Eliot GardinerIn The Mood for Love, film by Wong Kar-Wai (my favourite)Message/Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo (for more info on China-Caribbean topics)Email me: [email protected] Music:Chilout/Slum by Gregory Isaacs (Jamaican dub genre) Outro Music:Sé pa pou dat by Alan Cavé (Haitian Kompa genre)DonatePaxos0x1fbDB8C50A031c682cad06355197f5639C8343C4 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
2/24/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 14 seconds
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Does Washington D.C. Think About the Caribbean?

This episode features Wazim Mowla, a Program Assistant at the Atlantic Council Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Caribbean Initiative. Previously he worked at the Embassy of Guyana and the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda in Washington DC. Wazim on Twitter: @WMowlaShow NotesThe Strange Saga of Taiwan's Short-Lived Office in GuyanaCaribbean Basin Security Initiative RecommendationsLatin America Confronts the United States: Asymmetry and Influence by Tom LongIsland People: The Caribbean and the World by Joshua Jelly-SchapiroFollow me on Twitter: @rasheedguoIntro MusicDreamin' by 53 Thieves Outro Music一片漆黑的海 A Dark Sea by Sleeping Brain 眠脑 Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
2/17/202137 minutes, 24 seconds
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Sino-Venezuelan Relations with Parsifal D’Sola

This episode features Parsifal D’Sola, a Chinese Foreign Policy analyst focused on Sino-Venezuelan relations. He is also the Founder and CEO of the Andrés Bello Foundation – China Latin American Research Center based in Bogota, Colombia.Parsifal of Twitter: @pdsolaShow notes:China, Venezuela, and the New Silk Road in between China in the LAC: Digital Diplomacy During COVID-19What is PetroCaribe? China-Latin America Finance DatabaseMercosur: South America's Fractious Trade BlocFollow me on Twitter: @rasheedguoIntro Music:No le Pegue a la Negra by Joe ArroyoOutro Music:Ah Feeling To Party by Black Stalin  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
2/13/202133 minutes, 29 seconds
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Black Panthers to Higher Brothers: Blackness and Anti-Blackness in China

Why did the Black Panthers get offered asylum in China?  Why did W.E.B Du Bois change his mind about Mao? In this episode I am speaking with Dr. Keisha Brown about Sino-Black Relations. Dr. Brown is an Assistant Professor at Tennessee State University. She is a historian and Asian studies scholar whose work examines the representations of blackness in Modern China. Dr. Brown on Twitter: @DocKBrown85Recommendations Teaching China Through Black History“Blackness in Exile: W.E.B. Du Bois’ Role in the Formation of Representations of Blackness as Conceptualized by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).” Phylon 53. 2 (Winter 2016): 20-33.“Keisha Brown” chapter in Trailblasian: Black Women Expats in East Asia Anthology.  T.K. McLennon, ed. (June 2014).Homegrown Podcast NPR Code Switch PodcastBabylon East: Performing Dancehall, Roots Reggae, and Rastafari in Japan by Marvin Sterling Afro Asia by Fred Ho & Bill Mullen (Editors)Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguoIntro MusicTadow by Masego + FkjOutro Music暴风雨/ Storm by Higher Brothers  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
1/31/202142 minutes, 50 seconds
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China's Security Engagement in the Caribbean

In this episode I will be talking with Dr. Evan Ellis on the view from the U.S of China's security engagement with the Caribbean. We discussed China's role in UN Peacekeeping missions to Haiti; the commercial and strategic potential of China building a canal in Nicaragua to compete with the Panama Canal; the scenario space for China building military outposts in the Caribbean; and other topics. Dr. Ellis is a research professor of Latin American studies at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute and a Senior Associate at the Center of Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Also Dr. Ellis previously served on the U.S secretary of state’s Policy Planning Staff with responsibility for Latin America and the Caribbean.Recommendations:China's Advance in the Caribbean by Evan Ellis American Foreign Policy in the English-Speaking Caribbean: From the Eighteenth to Twenty-first Century by Samantha Chaitram Show Notes:Wang Jing: The man behind the Nicaragua canal projectThe Modern World-System by Immanuel Wallerstein Do Latin American Waters Continue to Fall Prey to China's Fishing?Hutchinson Ports (in the Bahamas; Chinese operated)Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguoIntro music:Dreamin' - 53 Thieves Outro MusicMañana Sureña - Los Aguas Aguas  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
1/23/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 40 seconds
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China Watching from the Caribbean with Jeremy Goldkorn

In this episode I'll be chatting with Jeremy Goldkorn. Jeremy worked in China for 20 years as an editor and entrepreneur. He is Editor-in-Chief of SupChina, and co-founder of the Sinica Podcast.   We had a wide ranging conversation about wolf worrier diplomacy, CCP thinking, and how to do nuanced China watching. Jeremy on Twitter: @goldkornRecommended Reading:A Fearful Asymmetry: COVID-19 and America's Information Deficit with China 江时学:“战狼外交”是个伪命题An Ignored Canary in an Unknown Coal Mine: The Caribbean's Economic Engagement with ChinaThe 'Little Emperor Model' of Chinese Diplomacy The New Tianxia: Rebuilding China’s Internal and External OrderIntro Music:祝酒歌 by Kawa Outro Music:All Ah We by Peter Ram Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
1/15/202133 minutes, 37 seconds
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Debt and Discontent? Chinese Loans in the Caribbean

In this episode I'll be chatting with Ruben Gonzalez-Vicente. He is a Lecturer at Leiden University in the Netherlands and studies China's relations in Latin America and the Caribbean. We chat about Chinese loan making in the Caribbean (with a particular focus on Jamaica) and the implications of the Belt and Road Initiative 一带一路 (BRI) for Caribbean development. This is a theme that we will return to again in later episodes of the podcast and the discussion here sets a great foundation.Ruben's Papers:Varieties of Capital and Predistribution: The Foundations of Chinese Infrastructural Investment in the CaribbeanMake development great again? Accumulation regimes, spaces of sovereign exception and the elite development paradigm of China's Belt and Road InitiativeOver Hills and Valleys Too: China's Belt and Road Initiative in the CaribbeanRuben's Email: [email protected] Music:Looking For China by Bunji Garlin Outro Music:Stage Gone Bad by Kes & Iwer George Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
1/10/202141 minutes, 9 seconds
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The State of Politics in Taiwan (Part 1)

Cross-strait relations do feature in caribbean foreign policy given that the region has quite a high proportion of Taiwan allies. We cannot discuss China in the Caribbean without thinking seriously about Taiwan. In this episode I'm having a chat with Lev Nachman, a PhD candidate at UC Irvine. His research focuses on the relationship between social movements and political parties, with a spcial regional interest in Taiwan and Hong Kong. We talk about the domestic politics of Taiwan. Lev on Twitter: @lnachman32Recommended Reading How Liberal is Taiwan? Adultery, the Death Penalty and Marriage Equality by Dafydd FellOnce a Cold War Flashpoint, a Part of Taiwan Embraces China's Pull by Chris Horton菜市场政治学 Intro MusicChronixx - Here Comes Trouble Outro Music 眠脑: 一片漆黑的海Follow me on Twitter: @rasheedguo  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
1/10/202131 minutes, 58 seconds
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What the Caribbean can Learn about China from Africa

In this episode i'll be talking with Eric Olander, co-founder of the fantastic China in Africa Project.Caribbean policy makers often believe they have recreate the wheel when it comes to China policy. They don't realize that China has been actively engaged with Africa. And the experience of those African countries can be very instructive for the Caribbean. The two regions have many similarities from being former colonies, relatively undeveloped, and of course being majority black. But the Caribbean is relatively unaware of African generally and even less so of Sino-African relations. In this episode I want to open the dialogue between the Caribbean and Africa as it relates to what we can learn about China policy. In the age of Zoom and Whatsapp there is no excuse for a policy maker in Kingston to be unaware of what China is doing in Kigali. Intro Music Masego & FKJ -  Tadow Outro MusicLos Aguas Aguas - Mañana Sureña  Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
12/1/202033 minutes, 9 seconds
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From Open Source Industrial Policy to Chinese Rap

In this episode I'm speaking with Jordan Schneider, host of the ChinaTalk Podcast.  He also has a great newsletter that you should subscribe to: discuss:The possible future of US-China tech competition under the incoming Biden AdministrationThe nature of China's twitter influence campaigns and what we can learn about making viral memes from Russian disinformation operators Why open source software should be the basis for a new US industrial policy and why China is looking to push that same strategyWhat we can learn from good Chinese tv showsWhy we should all be listening to Chinese rapRecommendations:JordanAmerican Mandarin Society 'China Syllabi Project'隐秘的角落 (Chinese TV show about the drama that ensues after a group of young kids accidentally film a murder.)令人心动的offer (Chinese reality show about legal interns. Season 2 is particularly recommended.)棋魂 (Chinese TV drama about a Fairy godfather who guides a kid in the ways of Weiqi/Go)Rasheed猎狐 (Chinese police drama about the anti-corruption campaign in China around 2014-2015 to prosecute financial criminals. The official Chinese campaign was called "Operation Fox Hunting".)中国新说唱 (Chinese rap/hip content competition show)Caribbean Soca MusicTwitter linksJordan @jordanschnycRasheed @rasheedguoIntro Music: Chronixx - Here Comes TroubleOutro Music: Farmer Nappy - Big People Party Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/27/202032 minutes, 56 seconds
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China and the Caribbean in the Cold War Era

Jared Ward is a lecturer at a number of Midwest universities including the University of Akron, John Carroll University, and Notre Dame College (Ohio). In this episode we discuss his PhD research that traces Beijing’s earliest attempts to gain a diplomatic foothold in the Western Hemisphere — from supporting the armed revolution of Fidel Castro to building a brick making factory in Guyana. Guest contact info:Personal website: @JA_Ward_Intro Music:Here Comes TroubleChronixx Music:Mañana SureñaLos Aguas Aguas Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/22/202033 minutes, 32 seconds
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Sino-CARICOM Trade Frustrations

Sino-CARICOM trade is a hot topic now. But can a trade agreement between the Caribbean and China actually be useful? In this episode, Alicia Nicholls offers some skepticism on that point.  We had a wide ranging discussion about all things trade within the CARICOM (Caribbean Community): issues from the "One China" Recognition split in the region to the lack of policy capacity to even exploit current trade agreements will continue to frustrate the prospects of a Sino-CARICOM trade agreement. Guest BioAlicia Nicholls is an international trade and development specialist with over a decade of experience working and writing on the area. She is also the founder of the Caribbean Trade Law & Development Blog.  Guest Contact InfoTwitter - @LicyLawI recommend listeners to check out Alicia's fantastic blog focused on Caribbean trade policy: Music:Chronixx (from Jamaica) Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/13/202024 minutes, 38 seconds
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Should Caribbean Firms Pivot to China?

In this episode I speak with Dr. Antonio Alleyne. He is a Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. Previously, he was an Economist in the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Barbados. Dr. Alleyne is one of the few Caribbean persons to receive a PhD from a university in China.  We discuss:Pivoting from traditional tourism markets to Asian marketsHow can Caribbean states reimagine the purpose of embassies Persistent protectionist policies in the Caribbeanand more... You can find out more about Dr. Alleyne's work at this Research Gate profile: can reach him at his email address if you have any questions related to his academic work: [email protected] Music:Chronixx (from Jamaica) Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/6/202026 minutes, 12 seconds
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Delisle Worrell on China in the Caribbean

In this episode I speak with Dr. Delisle Worrell. He is the former Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados and a current member of the Financial Policy Council of the Bermuda Monetary Authority. He first visited China in 1980. As Governor he established the Fish & Dragon festival; an annual celebration bringing Chinese culture to the Barbadian public. Recommendations: Dr. WorrellThe Economic History of the Caribbean since the Napoleonic Wars by Victor Bulmer-ThomasHandbook of Caribbean Economies (Routledge, forthcoming) edited by Robert LooneyRasheed The Theory of Economic Growth by Arthur Lewis Hosted on Acast. See for more information.
11/3/202034 minutes, 22 seconds