China Voices: The AmCham Shanghai Podcast

China Voices: The AmCham Shanghai Podcast

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Whether it’s interviews with modern day entrepreneurs, wizened China hands, company CEOs, lawyers, or policy wonks, China Voices brings you a wide view of doing business in China. In a country where economics is politics, China Voices speaks to the academics and policy experts who try to make sense of this emerging economy. So expect to hear from world-class thinkers at some of the best universities and research institutes, as well as Shanghai-based experts on U.S.-China relations. Thanks for listening!


The Council on Foreign Relations’ Elizabeth Economy: The Problem with China’s Pandemic Response
May 25 • 20 min
This week I spoke with Elizabeth Economy, director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Elizabeth is one of the leading experts on China’s foreign and domestic policy, and offered her take on Xi Jinping and Donald Trump’s response…
Control Risks’ Carly Ramsey: Data Privacy in China amid Covid-19 and Beyond
May 12 • 23 min
This week we’re talking with Carly Ramsey, director at global risk consulting firm Control Risks. Carly leads the Shanghai office’s political and regulatory risk consulting for Greater China and North Asia. Carly and I discuss the current landscape for…
M on the Bund’s Michelle Garnaut: Restaurants in the Age of a Pandemic
Apr 28 • 24 min
This week we’re talking with Michelle Garnaut, owner of longtime Shanghai staple, M on the Bund. One of the city’s most well-known restauranteurs, Michelle spoke with us from Hong Kong about how she’s adapted M on the Bund for business amid the…
Han Lin: Financial Impact of Covid-19 on MNCs in China
Apr 13 • 17 min
This episode we spoke with Han Lin, Senior Vice President and Deputy Manager of Wells Fargo Shanghai, about how multinational corporations in China are weathering the financial storm of the coronavirus. We discussed the strategies MNCs and their clients…
Ken Jarrett: U.S.-China Relations Amid COVID-19
Apr 6 • 25 min
This episode we’re speaking with Ken Jarrett, senior advisor at the Albright Stonebridge Group and a former AmCham Shanghai president. We discuss the impact of the coronavirus on U.S.-China relations, including how it’s affected each country’s global…
Mark Harrison: MNCs in a Changing China
Apr 1 • 18 min
This episode, I spoke with Mark Harrison, Deals Advisory Partner at KPMG China. Mark specializes in advising on investments in China, including due diligence and joint ventures. Mark and I recorded our conversation before the coronavirus pandemic, and…
Jean Liu & Sam Cheung: Impact of Coronavirus on China’s Education Industry
Mar 30 • 20 min
This week I’m talking with two leaders from international learning group Education First about the effect of the coronavirus on China’s education industry. Jean Liu, chief corporate affairs officer at EF, joined by phone from Shanghai, and president of…
Ker Gibbs: AmCham Shanghai during COVID-19
Mar 24 • 14 min
In our first episode recorded since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, I speak with AmCham Shanghai president Ker Gibbs about how the Chamber has handled the rapidly changing situation over the past several weeks. We also discuss how our many…
Jeff Lehman: Sino-U.S. education relations
Feb 19 • 22 min
I’m talking with Jeff Lehman, Vice Chancellor of NYU Shanghai. Jeff has served as Vice Chancellor since the school’s founding in 2012, and has previously served as founding dean of the Peking University School of Transnational Law, dean of the University…
Bonnie Glaser: The State of U.S.-China Military Relations
Jan 15 • 23 min
This week we have our second Washington, D.C. episode, this time at the Center for Strategic and International Studies with Bonnie Glaser. Bonnie is a senior adviser for Asia at CSIS and the director of the China Power Project, focusing on Chinese foreign…
Andrew Polk: China’s 2020 Economic Outlook
Jan 8 • 20 min
This week I’m chatting with Andrew Polk, an economist and co-founder of Trivium China, a Beijing-based economic research and business advisory firm. We chatted during the final days of 2019, and Andrew offered his take on why China’s economy slowed this…
Derek Scissors: The 2019 U.S.-China Trade Deal
Dec 18, 2019 • 28 min
This week I am in Washington, D.C. at the American Enterprise Institute, talking with Derek Scissors. Derek is a resident scholar at AEI, as well as the chief economist of the China Beige Book. We discuss the recently announced U.S.-China trade deal and…
Bob Ching and John Van Fleet: The Evolution of Business in China
Dec 11, 2019 • 29 min
We’re joined today by two guests: AmCham Shanghai’s Education Committee Chair John Van Fleet is on as our guest host, talking with retired Boston Consulting Group management consultant Bob Ching. Bob worked as a consultant in Asia for nearly 30 years,…
Martin Papp: Making Tea Cool Again
Nov 27, 2019 • 19 min
Martin Papp is the founder and CEO of Papp’s Tea, making it his mission to bring a new twist to China’s tea market. The Colorado native, who happily calls himself the “tea guy,” founded his contemporary tea brand in 2014 and now supplies tea to more than…
Björn Conrad: China’s Corporate Social Credit System
Nov 13, 2019 • 20 min
We’re joined today by Björn Conrad, CEO and co-founder of Sinolytics, a Berlin-based consultancy that assists companies in navigating China’s regulatory policy environment. Björn joins us to discuss China’s Corporate Social Credit System, a national…
Eve Samyuktha: Becoming an entrepreneur in China
Oct 30, 2019 • 18 min
We’re joined today by Eve Samyuktha, a Shanghai-based business development consultant and founder of the nonprofit group Vegans of Shanghai. Eve talks with us about her journey to start her own business here, how she managed the complex visa process to…
Becky Xia: The Ins and Outs of the Entrepreneurship Visa
Oct 16, 2019 • 23 min
We’re talking with Becky Xia, managing partner for the China practices of Fragomen, an international immigration consultancy firm. Becky has more than 15 years of experience in complex immigration issues, including assisting multinational corporations and…
Frank Ye: Intelligent vehicles and the future of the auto industry
Sep 25, 2019 • 27 min
We’re joined by Frank Ye, strategic planning manager at SAIC’s auto component holding corporation HASCO. Frank has more than 20 years of experience in the auto component market, and offers his insights into the future of China’s auto industry. Amid a year…
Ian Driscoll and Doug Strub: The 2019 China Business Report
Sep 12, 2019 • 21 min
We are joined by AmCham Director of Communications Ian Driscoll and outgoing China Voices host Doug Strub, co-authors of the 2019 China Business Report, to discuss this year’s survey results. The 2019 report includes responses from 333 AmCham members on…
Dan Rechtschaffen and Jessie Niu: Making U.S. Export Controls Great Again
Aug 28, 2019 • 20 min
We’re joined by Dan Rechtschaffen and Jessie Niu, manager and senior associate of AmCham Shanghai’s government relations department, and co-authors of AmCham Shanghai’s latest Viewpoint policy report on U.S. export controls. In this episode we discuss the…
Rob Young: Opening China’s First Pub – An Entrepreneur’s Tale
Aug 15, 2019 • 19 min
We’re joined by Rob Young, a career entrepreneur who’s launched several successful businesses in China. Young got his start selling sphagnum moss to orchid growers in central Taiwan before moving to Shanghai in the early 90s to open the first Western pub…
Eddie Tsai: Launching the Genki – A Startup Story
Jul 31, 2019 • 18 min
We’re joined by Eddie Tsai, Chief Executive Officer at Human Things, a product design and development startup. Last year, they released the Genki Bluetooth audio adapter, which became the 4th most-funded gaming hardware project on Kickstarter after…
James McGregor: Trade Tensions and the Future of U.S.-China Relations
Jul 18, 2019 • 20 min
We’re joined by Jim McGregor, Chairman of APCO Worldwide’s greater China region and author of two highly regarded books. McGregor has lived in China nearly 30 years, and previously worked as CEO of Dow Jones China and China Bureau Chief for the Wall…
Fraser Howie: Understanding China’s Stock Market
Jul 4, 2019 • 17 min
We’re joined by Fraser Howie, co-author of Red Capitalism. Howie has significant experience in China, and previously worked for CICC – a Chinese joint-venture investment banking firm originally owned by Morgan Stanley and the China Construction Bank –…
Mike Mangelson: Protecting Your Intellectual Property in China
Jun 20, 2019 • 17 min
Today we’re joined by Mike Mangelson, Intellectual Property Attaché at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai. Mangelson is just finishing a five-year post in Shanghai. Prior to joining the USPTO he spent over 20…
Daisy Guo: Entrepreneurship, leadership, and China’s changing workforce
Jun 5, 2019 • 20 min
Today we’re joined by Daisy Guo, Co-founder and CMO of Tezign, a design and creative talent platform. Guo graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in China and then spent time curating global art events before launching her own company in 2013. In…
David Hoffman: U.S.-China Trade Talks and Tech Tensions
May 22, 2019 • 23 min
Today we’re joined by David Hoffman, Senior Vice President – Asia, and Managing Director of the China Center for Economics and Business at the Conference Board. He has over 30 years’ experience as an analyst and business developer in the Greater China…
Jose Ocasio-Christian & Blaine Curcio: U.S., China, and the Commercialization of Space
May 9, 2019 • 20 min
We’re joined by Jose Ocasio-Christian, Chief Executive Officer at Caelus Partners, and Blaine Curcio, Founder of Orbital Gateway Consulting. The Caelus Foundation is developing a framework for building and commercializing a “Community in Space.” Orbital…
Alan Beebe: The View from Beijing
Apr 17, 2019 • 11 min
We’re joined by Alan Beebe, president of AmCham China in Beijing. Beebe has over 25 years’ experience in Asia and the U.S., including 15 years in China helping clients across diverse industries develop and implement sound business, operations and…
Ian Driscoll & Dan Rechtschaffen: Shanghai’s 2020 Financial Vision Unfulfilled
Apr 4, 2019 • 21 min
In 2009 China’s State Council announced the goal of establishing Shanghai as a global financial center by 2020. As that deadline approaches, AmCham Shanghai conducted a survey of financial services members and wrote a report titled Shanghai 2020: A…
Michael Pettis – Understanding China’s GDP and debt challenges
Mar 20, 2019 • 15 min
We’re joined by Michael Pettis, professor of finance at Peking University. Pettis has also taught at Columbia University and Tsinghua University, and is an expert on China’s economy and Chinese financial markets. Prior to teaching, he worked on Wall…
Steve Grimes: Trade Secret Theft and the DOJ’s China Initiative
Mar 7, 2019 • 17 min
We’re joined by Steve Grimes, partner at international law firm Winston & Strawn. Grimes previously served as an Assistant Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, and currently leads the firm’s Asia Litigation practice. His areas of expertise include…
Christina Lashko & James Macdonald – Commercial property outlook 2019
Feb 21, 2019 • 19 min
We’re joined by commercial property experts Christina Lashko and James Macdonald. Lashko is head of enterprise occupier services at Cushman & Wakefield, and focuses on large MNC and local enterprise office transactions. Macdonald is Head of Research,…
Ker Gibbs: Meet AmCham Shanghai’s New President
Jan 31, 2019 • 14 min
Today we’re joined by AmCham Shanghai’s new president, Ker Gibbs. Gibbs first came to China in 1985, and has since gained broad exposure to the U.S.-China relationship and the business issues facing American companies operating in Asia. His career has…
Yiwen Cai – Reflecting on China’s rural education and gaokao reform
Jan 17, 2019 • 13 min
Today we’re joined by Yiwen Cai, a features reporter at Sixth Tone specializing in health and education. Cai won two Society of Publishers in Asia awards in the past two years, as well as a Global Health Reporting Award from the International Journalist…
Scott Kennedy: U.S.-China relations at the start of 2019
Jan 3, 2019 • 18 min
As we enter 2019, the U.S.-China relationship is rife with uncertainty. We caught up with Scott Kennedy, Deputy Director of the Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS, to discuss U.S.-China tensions and what U.S. companies in China can do to improve the…
Richard Young: Bringing the NFL to China
Dec 13, 2018 • 20 min
We’re joined by Richard Young, managing director of NFL China. Young first came to China in 1990 as a student and has since had a 26-year career involving sports in Asia, including 18 years of senior level experience working across 15 countries. In this…
Chris Wingo and Veli Ruismäki: Myths and must knows of selling in China
Nov 29, 2018 • 23 min
We’re joined by Chris Wingo and Veli Ruismäki of China Sage Consultants, a sales and sales management company specializing in helping B2B SME-sized companies grow in China. Chris is founder and managing director, and has worked with sales and business…
Frank Lavin: Impact of midterm elections on U.S.-China trade relations
Nov 15, 2018 • 11 min
As the U.S. midterm elections drew to a close, we caught up with former Ambassador Frank Lavin to discuss the election results and the future of U.S.-China trade relations. Lavin is currently Chairman of Export Now, an Asia-focused full-service digital…
Amanda Zheng: Improving the world through impact investing
Nov 1, 2018 • 11 min
In this episode we’re joined by Amanda Zheng, Principal at China Impact Ventures, an impact investment fund focusing on energy innovations, sustainable mobility and smart agriculture, which also seeks to leverage China’s innovations to positively impact…
Mareike Ohlberg: What China’s social credit system means for you
Oct 18, 2018 • 18 min
As China’s social credit system continues to be rolled out, it’s important for those living and doing business in China to understand how it will impact them. In this episode we talk to Mareike Ohlberg of the Mercator Institute for China Studies to better…
Paul Lin: Marketing in an era of perpetual beta
Sep 27, 2018 • 18 min
China’s rapid embrace of new technologies and the ability of a new app or trend to reshape China’s consumer environment have resulted in what Paul Lin, Chief Strategy Officer at OMD China, calls a state of “perpetual beta.” Lin moved to China in 2011, and…
Steve Sunderland: What China’s changing healthcare means for business
Sep 13, 2018 • 17 min
We’re joined by Stephen Sunderland, managing director at L.E.K. Consulting, a global management consulting firm. Sunderland has 17 years’ experience as a strategy advisor, and is an expert on healthcare in China. We discuss changes to China’s medical…
Dan Krassenstein – Asian Supply Chains and the impact of tariffs
Aug 30, 2018 • 24 min
We’re joined by Dan Krassenstein, Director of Asia Operations for Procon Pacific, a global packaging solutions company. Dan has over 30 years of international supply chain and logistics experience, and has worked around the world in a variety of supply…
Joanne Wood: Corporate finance advisory and a lifetime of China
Aug 16, 2018 • 17 min
Today we’re joined by Joanne Wood, founder and chairman of Capital 8, a corporate finance advisory firm headquartered in Shanghai. Wood first came to China in the early 1980s, and founded Capital 8 more than 10 years ago. We discuss her early days in…
Aaron Chang: Understanding WeChat and its business implications
Aug 2, 2018 • 17 min
Today we’re joined by Aaron Chang, founder and CEO of JINGdigital, a marketing automation platform that specializes in turning WeChat followers into customers. Chang came to Shanghai in 2006, and in 2013 launched JINGdigital. We discuss the importance of…
Ken Jarrett & Ian Driscoll: The 2018 China Business Report
Jul 19, 2018 • 27 min
Today we’re joined by Ken Jarrett, president of AmCham Shanghai, and Ian Driscoll, communications director at AmCham Shanghai and co-author of the 2018 China Business Report. AmCham Shanghai’s annual China Business Report is based on a survey of member…
Lesli Ligorner: China’s legal landscape and the revised Anti-Unfair Competition Law
Jul 5, 2018 • 16 min
Today we’re joined by Lesli Ligorner, partner at law firm Morgan Lewis. Ligorner specializes in labor and employment law, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and local anticorruption compliance. She co-authored a white paper on the recent amendments to…
Bill Russo: Automobility and the future of vehicles
Jun 21, 2018 • 23 min
Today we’re joined by Bill Russo, founder and CEO of Automobility, a strategy and investment advisory firm helping companies navigate the automobile market’s disruptive shift from a vehicle-centric business model focused on hardware ownership to a…
Cameron Johnson: Manufacturing & selling carbon fiber textiles in China
Jun 7, 2018 • 12 min
Today we’re joined by Cameron Johnson, general manager, Asia, at Sigmatex, a leading developer and manufacturer of carbon fiber textiles for composite material applications, ranging from high volume automotive manufacturers to performance leisure brands…
Claire Chen: Clobotics, computer vision and the tech startup life
May 24, 2018 • 20 min
Claire Chen, co-founder of computer vision startup Clobotics, joins us today. Clobotics uses artificial intelligence and computer vision to enable machines to perform complex tasks such as inspecting the blades of wind turbines or taking inventory at a…
Richard McGregor: U.S.-China-Japan relations and the fate of U.S. power
May 10, 2018 • 18 min
We’re joined by Richard McGregor, senior fellow at the Lowy Institute, to discuss his latest book, Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century. McGregor spent most of his career covering these three countries as a…
Titi Baccam: The R&D environment for foreign companies in China
Apr 27, 2018 • 16 min
We’re joined by Titi Baccam, director of Government Relations at AmCham Shanghai and co-author of the latest AmCham Shanghai policy report, Chasing Innovation: R&D Barriers and Incentives in China. The report examines the policy environment, trends and…
Kerry Brown: Understanding China’s foreign policy landscape
Apr 12, 2018 • 22 min
Kerry Brown, professor of Chinese Studies and director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London, discusses his latest book, China’s World: What Does China Want? Brown has authored many books on modern Chinese politics, history and language,…
Tim Stratford & Chris Adams: Tariffs, tension and the future of U.S.-China Trade
Mar 22, 2018 • 19 min
We’re joined by Tim Stratford and Chris Adams of Covington & Burling. Both previously held high-level government positions, with Stratford serving as Assistant U.S.-Trade Representative and Adams as Senior Coordinator for China Affairs at the Treasury…
Shaun Rein: The War for China’s Wallet
Mar 8, 2018 • 21 min
In this episode we’re joined by Shaun Rein, founder and managing director of the China Market Research Group (CMR), a strategic market intelligence firm focused on China, to discuss his latest book, The War for China’s Wallet. We discuss China’s use of…
Kent Kedl: The evolution of risk in China
Feb 22, 2018 • 22 min
Kent Kedl, Senior Partner at Control Risks Asia Pacific and CEO for Control Risks’ Greater China and North Asia region, joins us to discuss the risks companies face in China, how those risks have changed over time, and what companies should do to succeed…
Melissa Lam: Bringing Education First to China
Feb 1, 2018 • 16 min
In this episode we’re joined by Melissa Lam, general manager and chief representative, China, at Education First (EF). A seventeen-year veteran at EF, Lam came to China in 2005 and has overseen the company’s rapid expansion from a staff of 100 to over…
Art Dicker: Understanding Chinese outbound investment
Jan 18, 2018 • 20 min
In this episode we’re joined by Art Dicker, cross-border China investment and market entry specialist and founder of Pacific Bridge Group, for a discussion of China’s outbound investment. Co-hosted by AmCham Shanghai’s communications director, Ian…
Scott Minoie: The story of Element Fresh
Jan 3, 2018 • 20 min
In this episode we’re joined by Scott Minoie, founder and managing director of Element Fresh, a Western-style restaurant chain focusing on fresh and healthy food. Minoie came to China in 1999, planning to stay for a couple months. Eighteen years later…
Lenora Chu: A firsthand look at China’s education system
Dec 14, 2017 • 18 min
In this episode we talk to Lenora Chu, author of Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve, which tells the story of China’s education system through the perspective of an American mother and journalist. Joined by…
Linda Zhang: Managing in China’s economic transition
Nov 29, 2017 • 18 min
In this episode we’re joined by Linda Zhang, Partner in Charge, Shanghai, at executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. First joining Heidrick & Struggles in 2000, Zhang was among the first wave of executive recruitment specialists in China. Zhang has…
Mark Tanner: The skinny on marketing in China
Nov 16, 2017 • 17 min
In this episode we’re joined by Mark Tanner, founder and managing director of China Skinny, a marketing, research, and strategy company. We talk to Mark about trends in China today, the importance of using city-specific marketing strategies, and how…
Andrew Polk: China after the 19th Party Congress
Nov 2, 2017 • 15 min
Andrew Polk, co-founder and partner at Trivium China, a Beijing-based research and advisory firm, joins us today to share his impressions of what’s in store for President Xi Jinping’s second term. We discuss leadership changes in the Politburo and…
Ken Jarrett: DC Doornock debrief
Oct 19, 2017 • 21 min
Ken Jarrett, president of AmCham Shanghai, joins us today to discuss his recent return from the AmCham Shanghai Doorknock – an annual business delegation to Washington DC. This year’s delegation met with high-level representatives of the Trump…
Adam Livermore: Hiring practices in China
Sep 28, 2017 • 19 min
Adam Livermore, Partner at Dezan Shira & Associates, joins us today to discuss hiring practices in China. Livermore, who manages Dezan Shira’s Dalian, Qingdao and India offices, specializes in the legal and administrative aspects of human…
Jenny Yao: Understanding the Sanming healthcare reform model
Sep 14, 2017 • 22 min
In this episode, we’re joined by co-host David Basmajian, member of AmCham Shanghai’s Board of Governors. We speak to Jenny Yao, partner and head of healthcare at KPMG, about the ‘Sanming model’ of healthcare reform in China. Launched by the city of…
Bob Theleen: Reflections on the early days of reform
Aug 28, 2017 • 28 min
We are joined by Bob Theleen, founder and CEO of ChinaVest, a leading financial and strategic advisory firm. Theleen first came to mainland China in 1976, opened ChinaVest in 1981, and launched the first foreign institutional venture capital fund in China…