Deborah Seligsohn on What Everyone Gets Wrong on China’s COVID and Climate Policies MHC | 149


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Deborah Seligsohn is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University. Her research focuses on Chinese politics, US-China relations, and public health, energy and environmental politics in China and India. Prior to her academic career, she served as the Beijing-based Principal Advisor to the World Resources Institute’s China Energy and Climate Program from 2007 to 2012. Before that, she served as the Environment, Science, Technology and Health Counselor at the US Embassy in Beijing from 2003 to 2007. In the podcast, we talk about:

Deborah’s experience in China as zero COVID was lifted
Why zero COVID was lifted
How districts implemented COVID policy
Rural and urban divides around COVID
Why China’s vaccine uptake amongst elderly is low
Chinese behaviour since lockdowns ended
What is China’s climate policy
Comparison with US policy
Shift in China’s energy sources
Rail, subways and electric two wheelers
Why are coal power stations being built
China’s non-carbon future

Books mentioned: In Search of Wealth and Power: Yen Fu and the West (Schwartz)

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