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What China Wants

Sam Olsen, Stewart Paterson

What China Wants is a weekly podcast that shines a light on China and its growing influence around the world. Hosted by Sam Olsen and Stewart Paterson.


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Latest Episodes

In recent weeks, the "two sessions" have taken place in China, at which President Xi's third term was confirmed by the nearly 3,000 delegates that constitute the National People's Congress. Due to the relative opaqueness of decision-making in Chinese... more

9 days ago

This week on What China Wants, co-host Stewart Paterson is interviewed by Sam Olsen about the outlook for the Chinese economy. We discuss the post-covid outlook as well as the key challenges facing the economy and the Party leadership looking forward... more

23 days ago

In this episode of What China Wants, Sam and Stewart discuss the issue of human rights in China. To do so, they are joined by Benedict Rogers, Co-Founder of Hong Kong Watch and one of Britain’s foremost and most knowledgeable campaigners on the subje... more

a month ago


5 out of 5 stars from 11 ratings
  • Extremely Informative

    I have just finished catching up with the first 17 episodes. Looking forward to listening weekly. Very informative podcast by two contributors who are clearly experts in their fields. I think the two host/contributor format works really well with each taking the lead on their respective fields of interest while the other takes on the role of interviewer. It’s also great when they have special guests on as it introduces another dynamic as well as exploring other areas of expertise on China. I wou... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom6 months ago
  • A goldmine of highly crystallised thought on China

    What China Wants is a goldmine of well-informed and highly crystallised thought on China, Xi Jinping and the CCP. I used to consider myself well informed on the subject, but this podcast has challenged much of what I thought I knew. This is without doubt the best podcast of 2022 in my view. Even the theme tune is excellent. Well done Sam and Stewart!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom8 months ago
  • Really insightful

    Content and depth that you don’t see much elsewhere. Truly fascinating!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom10 months ago

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