Ep. 73: Joshua Phillip - China, Tongs, Triads and Geopolitics

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Today, we talk China and its complex relationship with The United States and the West. My guest is Joshua Phillip, an award-winning journalist at the Epoch Times. He specialises in covering national security in the United States in relation to China and is an expert in China’s roles and approaches to espionage, organised crime, and unconventional warfare. We get into all of that and go down a few rabbit holes in this one – each more fascinating than the previous.

Of course, Joshua approaches these topics from a certain viewpoint and it is important to note that the Epoch Times focuses on news about China and human rights issues associated with it – it takes an anti-communist and anti-Communist Party of China editorial stance. We get into a range of topics including:

· China’s persecution of Falun Gong;

· The Chinese state’s relationship with organised crime;

· China and its alleged attempt to subvert US and Western democracy;

· The dark web;

· The role of the People’s Liberation Army in counterfeiting and gray markets;

· Prospects of China-US relations under Xi Jingping

· Loads more!

Show notes:

Joshua’s website

Joshua on Twitter

Joshua’s award-winning investigative work Murder, Money and Spies

The Epoch Times

Falun Gong

Li Hongzhi

New York Times Article - Born on a Queens Street, a Battle Over Falun Gong Goes to Court

Bloody Harvest by David Matas and David Kilgour

1989 Tiananmen Square protests

Tibetan sovereignty debate

Fuk Ching Organised Crime Group

The Coming Collapse of China by Gordon Chang

Ali Express

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