173 How China’s Military Crossed a Line Over Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit

173 How China’s Military Crossed a Line Over Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit

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 what Taiwan and its allies might have learned about China's plans to invade Taiwan. Joining us in this episode is Guermantes Lailari, a retired US Air Force foreign area officer specializing in the Middle East and Europe, as well as irregular warfare and missile defense. He is currently a Taiwan Fellow at National Chengchi University in Taipei.

172 China Is Tracking You Through Your Phone

172 China Is Tracking You Through Your Phone

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, and what China could be doing with your data. Joining us in this episode is Dr. Jaswinder Singh Sekhon, a cybersecurity expert and assistant professor at GTB National College Dakha.

171 Could Canadian Liberals Be Benefiting from China Money?

171 Could Canadian Liberals Be Benefiting from China Money?

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 Justin Trudeau a sellout? Find out on this China Unscripted podcast!

170 China’s Military is for World Peace

170 China’s Military is for World Peace

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's military buildup, and how communist infiltration has made it hard for people in the West to stop it. Also, part way through, Matt goes on a rant about the Federal Reserve. That and more on this week's full China Unscripted podcast.

169 China Has *Already* INVADED America

169 China Has *Already* INVADED America

China has already invaded America, but not in the way you might think. In this episode of China Unscripted, we talk about China's plan for world domination, Biden's report card on China and US Taiwan policy, and how China has already infiltrated the US. Joining us in this episode is Ian Easton, senior director of the Project 2049 Institute and author of the new book "The Final Struggle: Inside China's Global Strategy"

167 China's Pacific Expansion BLOCKED!

167 China's Pacific Expansion BLOCKED!

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 episode of China Unscripted, we talk about Bougainville's plan for independence, why China covets Bougainville so much, and Bougainville's secret sauce to blocking Chinese influence. Joining us in this episode is John Kuhns, the chairman and CEO of Numa Numa Resources in Bougainville. John is also the author of the book They Call Me Ishmael, a novel based on the real story of a rebel leader with big dreams for his island.

166 US Strengths, Weaknesses in a War with China

166 US Strengths, Weaknesses in a War with China

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 would attack Japan and Guam as part of an invasion of Taiwan. Joining us in this episode is Rear Admiral Mark Montgomery, former director of operations for the US Pacific Command and currently the senior director of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

165 Arrested for Criticizing China

165 Arrested for Criticizing China

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 of Chinese dissidents, and the how China has corrupted elements of Australia's main political parties. Joining us in this episode is Drew Pavlou, a candidate for Australia's senate, CCP provocateur, and the founder of the Democratic Alliance Party.

164 China’s GROWING Military Expansion in the Pacific

164 China’s GROWING Military Expansion in the Pacific

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 Unscripted is Celsus Talifilu, a political advisor to Daniel Suidani. Malaita is the most populous province of the Solomon Islands.

163 Is China Tearing Itself Apart?

163 Is China Tearing Itself Apart?

Is China tearing itself apart? In this Just Us episode of China Unscripted, we look at China's zero Covid policies, Shanghai vs a potential Beijing lockdown, and what Elon Musk buying Twitter means for Chinese influence over the platform.

162 China NOT Deterred from Invading Taiwan After Russia Botches Ukraine Invasion

162 China NOT Deterred from Invading Taiwan After Russia Botches Ukraine Invasion

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 meeting a similar fate, and how a Chinese invasion of Taiwan would be similar and different. Joining us in this episode is retired U.S. Marine Colonel Grant Newsham, who is now a research fellow at the Center for Security Policy and director at One Korea Network.

161 The US Battles China in the Pacific

161 The US Battles China in the Pacific

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 how China uses civilians to infiltrate other countries. Joining us in this episode is Cleo Paskal, a non-resident senior fellow for the Indo-Pacific at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. She's also a member of the Global Counter Terrorism Council.