Right here is the audio, video, and transcript, Yasheng is a China scholar and a professor at MIT.  Right here is a part of the episode abstract:

Yasheng joined Tyler to debate China’s lackluster of technological innovation, why declining overseas funding is extra of a priority than a declining inhabitants, why Chinese language literacy stagnated within the nineteenth century, how he believes the imperial examination system disadvantaged China of a thriving civil society, why Chinese language succession has been so secure, why the Six Dynasties is his favourite interval in Chinese language historical past, why there have been so few feminine emperors, why Chinese language and Chinese language Individuals have much less nicely changing into high CEOs of American corporations than Indians and Indian Individuals, the place he’d ship somebody on a two week journey to China, what he discovered from János Kornai, and extra.

And an excerpt:

COWEN: Now, in your e book, you write of what you name Tullock’s curse— Gordon Tullock having been my former colleague — particularly, embedded succession battle in an autocracy. Why has Chinese language succession been so secure thus far? And can we see Tullock’s curse at any time when Xi steps down, passes on, no matter occurs there?

HUANG: I do wish to modify the phrase that you just use, secure. There are two methods to make use of that time period. One is to explain the succession course of itself. If that’s the scenario we’re making an attempt to explain, it isn’t secure in any respect. For those who have a look at the whole historical past of the PRC, there have been so many succession plans that failed, and at a catastrophic stage. One potential successor was persecuted to loss of life. One other fled and died in a aircraft crash. Others have been unceremoniously dismissed, and one was put beneath home arrest for nearly 15 years, and he died —

COWEN: However no civil warfare, proper?

HUANG: Sure, that’s proper.

COWEN: No civil warfare.

HUANG: That’s proper. There’s one other method to speak about stability, which is stability on the system stage, and that, you might be completely proper. Regardless of all these issues with these successions, the system as a complete has remained secure. The CCP is in energy. There’s no coup, and there weren’t even demonstrations on the road related to the succession failures. So, we do want to tell apart between these two sorts of stability. By one criterion, it was not secure. By the opposite criterion, it’s fairly secure.

The explanation for that’s, I feel — though it’s somewhat bit tough to generalize as a result of we don’t actually have many information factors — one purpose is the charisma energy of particular person leaders, Mao and Xiaoping. These have been founding fathers of the PRC, of the CCP, they usually had the status and — utilizing Max Weber’s time period — charisma, that they may do no matter they wished whereas with the ability to comprise the spillover results of their errors. The large unsure situation now’s whether Xi Jinping has that kind of charisma to comprise future spillover results of succession failure.

This can be a outstanding statistic: Since 1976, there have been six leaders of the CCP. Of those six leaders, 5 of them have been managed both by Mao or by Deng Xiaoping. Basically, the overwhelming majority of the successions have been dealt with by these two giants who had outsized charisma, outsized status, and unshakeable political capital.

Now now we have one chief who doesn’t actually have that. He depends totally on formal energy, and that’s why he has gathered so many titles, whereas he’s making related succession errors because the earlier two leaders.

Clearly, we don’t know — as a result of he hasn’t chosen a successor — we don’t really know what will happen if he chooses a successor. However my guess is that the power to comprise the spillover impact goes to be much less, relatively than extra, down the street, as a result of Xi Jinping doesn’t match, even in a distant sense, the charisma and the status of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. There’s no match there.

Beneficial.  And I’m joyful to suggest Yasheng Huang’s forthcoming e book The Rise and Fall of the East.