Podcast: Power and Passion with Richard McGregor

Podcast: Power and Passion with Richard McGregor

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Richard McGregor to discuss his Prime Minister’s Literary Awards-shortlisted non-fiction book, Asia’s Reckoning. Together they talk about politics and history, as well as Richard’s experience as an Asian correspondent.

Podcast guest: Richard McGregor

Author of the acclaimed bestseller The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers, Richard McGregor has reported from Asia for two decades. Formerly Chief of the Washington Bureau of theFinancial Times, he has won numerous awards for his journalism. He has also contributed articles and reports to the BBC, the International Herald Tribune and the Far Eastern Economic Review. In 2015 he was made a Fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington.

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      Synopsis

      For more than half a century, American power in the Pacific has successfully kept the peace. But it has also cemented the tensions in the toxic rivalry between China and Japan, consumed with endless history wars and entrenched political dynasties. Now, the combination of these forces with Donald Trump's unpredictable impulses and disdain for America's old alliances threatens to upend the region. If the United States helped lay the postwar foundations for modern Asia, Asia's Reckoning will reveal how that structure is now crumbling.With unrivalled access to archives in the US and Asia, as well as many of the major players in all three countries, Richard McGregor has written a tale which blends the tectonic shifts in diplomacy with the domestic political trends and personalities driving them. It is a story not only of an overstretched America, but also of the rise and fall and rise of the great powers of Asia. The confrontational course on which China and Japan have increasingly set themselves is no simple spat between neighbours. And the fallout would be a political and economic tsunami.
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      Richard McGregor

      Author of the acclaimed bestseller The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers, Richard McGregor has reported from Asia for two decades. Formerly Chief of the Washington Bureau of theFinancial Times, he has won numerous awards for his journalism. He has also contributed articles and reports to the BBC, the International Herald Tribune and the Far Eastern Economic Review. In 2015 he was made a Fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington.

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