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.

160 The Russia Ukraine War SHATTERED China’s Grip on Europe

160 The Russia Ukraine War SHATTERED China’s Grip on Europe

The Russia Ukraine war has pushed a wedge between China and Europe because of its support for Russia. And there wasn't much "guanxi" to begin with after China let Covid spread to the rest of the world while trying to contain it domestically. In this episode of China Unscripted, we look at how the Russia Ukraine war has shattered China's grip on Europe, how dependent Europe's economies are on China, and why China doesn't understand Europe the way it understands the US. Joining us in this episode is Mareike Ohlberg, a senior fellow in the Asia Program of The German Marshall Fund and co-author of the book Hidden Hand: Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party Is Reshaping the World.

159 China’s New World Order

159 China’s New World Order

China is trying to create a new world order, and it's not a world most people want to live in. In this episode of China Unscripted, we talk about how the CCP is working toward that goal, how President Joe Biden gave Chinese companies an unfair advantage, and how Americans can stop funding China's military. Joining us in this episode is Frank Gaffney, the founder and president for the Center for Security Policy, as well as vice chairman for the Committee on Present Danger: China. He's also the host of the show Securing America.

158 India-China Power Struggle Could Determine Russia’s Future

158 India-China Power Struggle Could Determine Russia’s Future

India and China have long been at odds with one another over territory they both claim on their shared border. Russia and China are close allies, and Russia's invasion of Ukraine has shown that India is leaning toward Russia and away from the West. In this episode of China Unscripted, we talk about how the India-China power struggle could determine Russia's future, what China might try to do in an invasion of Taiwan, and how Ukraine and Taiwan and similar and different. 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.

157 Hong Kong Threatens UK Citizen with Life in Prison

157 Hong Kong Threatens UK Citizen with Life in Prison

Benedict Rogers, the chief executive and co-founder of Hong Kong Watch, was barred from entering Hong Kong in 2017. Now he's been threatened with life in prison if he doesn't take down the organization's website. He joins us in this episode of discuss the deterioration of the rule of law in Hong Kong, how China is reacting to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, China's influence in the international policing organization Interpol, and much more.

156 The US Navy Needs a Strategy If it’s Going to Beat China

156 The US Navy Needs a Strategy If it’s Going to Beat China

The US Navy needs a good maritime strategy if it's going to beat China in a real war. That's because the sea is the single largest determinant of geopolitical power and if the US wants to dominate the seas, it needs a strategy, according to Paul Giarra, a retired Navy Commander who managed the US-Japan alliance for the office of the Secretary of Defense. He helped create the global strategy for the US Navy at the end of the Cold War and joins us in this episode of China Unscripted.

155 Ukraine is a Lesson for the West on Taiwan

155 Ukraine is a Lesson for the West on Taiwan

As the world watches in shock at Russia's invasion of Ukraine, it can be hard not to see parallels between Ukraine's situation and that of Tawain. Both are targets of their much larger and powerful neighbors, both have been shunned by international organizations (NATO in Ukraine's case, the UN in Taiwan's case), and both face uncertain futures as their very sovereignty is up in the air. In this episode of China Unscripted, we talk about what western democracies need to do to support Taiwan so it doesn't meet the same fate as Ukraine, what would be next after China invades Taiwan, and what China is likely to learn from Russia's invasion tactics. Joining us in this episode is Guermantes Lailari, a retired U.S. Air Force Foreign Area Officer who specialized in counterterrorism, the Middle East, and Europe, and now is conducting research at the National Chengchi University in Taipei as a Taiwan fellow.