China as Superpower
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 601
- Aug 7, 2020 7:00 pm
- 52:49 mins
How China Plans to Recover Its Superpower Status Guest: Michael Schuman, author, "Superpower Interrupted: The Chinese History of the World" The West may see China's rise as a new phenomenon, but China believes it's reclaiming the superpower status it has often enjoyed during the last couple millennia. How China Gets Things Done Guest: Eric Hyer, Associate Professor, Political Science, Brigham Young University China's influence is being felt around the globe, from South America to Africa. China is filling a void in international relations that the US has left. While Chinese methods are authoritarian, Hyer is optimistic about the new world order. The Tangled History of Opium Guest: David Blistein, co-author with John H. Halpern, "Opium: How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned our World" Our opioid epidemic is nothing new, as the Chinese could tell you—they fought for years to keep British opium out of their country, to no avail. So many cultures have tackled the double-edged sword of opium use. It's relieved more pain than it's caused, according to Blistein, but it certainly has caused a great deal of pain. What can be done about addiction today?