China’s Trial of the Century: The Real Bo Xi Lai–A Tiger By the Tail

This show is a fascinating, in-depth conversation about the collapse of one of China’s key

Michael Sacharski, CEO Pacific Enterprise Capital

Michael Sacharski, CEO
Pacific Enterprise Capital

Princelings, Mr. Bo Xi Lai. What is different about this program is that the guest, Mr. Michael Sacharski, is a 3+decade American China Hand who has met and spent time with Mr. Bo on several occasions.

The conversation probes Bo’s extraordinary revolutionary pedigree, his rise as a charismatic, anti-corruption mayor of Dalian, moving to other key political positions before his final post as the crime-busting mayor of the huge city of Chongqing. The program includes a conversation about how Mr. Bo departed from the consensus style of the typical senior, Chinese leadership and his political differences with members of the senior leadership.  Interestingly, this discussion includes warnings  to Bo from the Party about his wife, Gu Kai Lai (who is also a Princeling). The conversation includes a discussion of how this trial came about, why the Party is conducting the trial, and the relationship of Mr. Bo’s courtroom defiance to his own father’s conduct during his persecution by the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution. This interview with Mr. Sacharski examines the interesting quanxi relationship that exists running from Bo Xi Lai’s father, Bo Yi Bo, to Jiang Zemin (Zhang Zemin) to a number of Politboro members, including Xi Jin Ping, and back to Bo Xi Lai, the son.

 

Hosted by David Day, Mr. Sacharski draws upon his extraordinary meetings with the charismatic Mr. Bo and his knowledge of the history and inner workings of the Party to give the viewer a far more complete picture of this, China’s trial of the 21th century. The discussion concludes with a  look towards Mr. Bo’s future and the likelihood that his opera is not over…down, but not out.

 

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Vietnam Business Update

Senior U.S. Commercial Counselor Ms. Sara Kemp from the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi joins David Day in an engaging discussion of the current business climate in Vietnam and offers both background and tips for U.S. entrepreneurs looking to get underway in that country.

Sara Kemp Senior U.S. Commercial Counselor, Hanoi

Sara Kemp
Senior U.S. Commercial Counselor, Hanoi

 

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“Mediating in Zones of Terror” – Part 2: Following the Cold War and 9/11, the Destabilizing Efforts of China in the Region

In Part 2 of this Hawaii television show,  David Day again interviews the successful international peace mediator between the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the U.S. Military, and both the radical and moderate Muslim groups in the Southern Islands of the Philippines, Mr. Al Santoli.

Mr. Santoli is the CEO of Asia America Initiative, a non-profit NGO headquartered in Washington D. C. but which now boasts over 1000 volunteers in the Philippines.

 

In this Episode 2 of a 2-part series, Mr. Al Santoli, describes the component pieces or building blocks of his own fascinating experiences from the Vietnam war to broader challenges in  Southeast Asia to Afghanistan–all working with tribal peoples during the Cold War. He describes the recent historical roots of terrorism over the past few decades that the United States has had to deal with. These experiences and building blocks have been integral in the development of the unique, multi-generational counter-insurgency strategy that his foundation is now successfully conducting in the radical Muslim islands of the Southern Philippines.

The conversation also includes a stunning disclosure of the destabilizing efforts of China in these southern islands, including potential economic warfare.

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“Mediating in Zones of Terror” – Part 1: The Early Building blocks – Vietnam through the Cold War

In this unusual television program broadcast in Hawaii, David Day interviews the successful international peace mediator between the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the U.S. Military, and both the radical and moderate Muslim groups in the Southern Islands of the Philippines, Mr. Al Santoli.

Mr. Santoli is the CEO of Asia America Initiative, a non-profit NGO headquartered in Washington D. C. but which now boasts over 1000 volunteers in the Philippines.

In this Episode 1 of a 2-part series, Mr. Al Santoli, describes the component pieces or building blocks of his own fascinating experiences that have been integral in the development of the unique, multi-generational counter-insurgency strategy that his foundation is now successfully conducting in the radical Muslim islands of the Southern Philippines.

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Implications of Social Media in China

A fascinating discussion on the role of social media in China and its impact upon the direction of the country. The conversation examines the characteristics of China’s social media, the China Great Firewall and government attempts at censorship, the users’ counter-censorship/codes and the rise of Beijing’s “Soft Management” over internet use.

This provocative program also proves the viewer with a modest window into the possible future of China as influenced by social media.

 

This television show, aired statewide in Hawaii, features China Social Media expert Yang Yi, a Vasey Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS and is hosted by international business lawyer David Day .

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The Philippine Insurgency and Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Counter-Insurgency: Is there a Strategy that Works, Really?

For nearly 400 years, the Philippines has faced on internal, ongoing insurgency of some kind. Just since WW II, these groups have included the HUKs,the New Peoples Liberation Army (NPA),The Abu Sayyaf, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), and even the Jemiah Islamiya out of Indonesia.

In this television program broadcast in Hawaii, David Day interviews Mr. Al Santoli, the CEO of Asia America Initiative, a non-profit NGO headquartered in Washington D. C. on the challenges these insurgencies pose for the Philippines. In this fascinating conversation, Mr. Santoli describes a unique, multi-generational counter-insurgency strategy that his foundation is now successfully conducting in the radical Muslim islands of the Southern Philippines.

Mr. Al Santoli has also been a successful peace mediator between the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the U.S. Military, and the radical Muslim groups in these islands.

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Business Opportunities in the New Indonesia

In this television program, international lawyer David F. Day discusses with James Castle, a well-known business icon (and former AMCHAM Jakarta Chairman) in Jakarta, the New Indonesia, its changes and the opportunities it now affords for the astute investor or business entrepreneur.

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Dealing with Corruption in Asia

In a televised, talk show hosted by Bill Sharp, David Day discusses the historical background of corruption in most parts of Asia, why it is critical for businesses to develop ethical practices and codes of conduct and how they directly impact the company’s bottom line. This program also includes some practical tips on how common types of corruption can be ethically handled.

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