One man’s podcast aims to serve as bridge between China and U.S.


by Xue Ying
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7 — In the past three and half years, Laszlo Montgomery has uploaded 127 episodes of his Chinese History Podcast, each of which took him 18 to 20 hours to do research, write, record and edit.
For the 54-year-old Illinois-born Jewish businessman, it is not only his interest, but also a passion to make contribution to build a cushion of friendly relations between China and the United States.
Among his 100,000 listeners, about 43 percent are in the U.S., 15 percent in China and the rest come from some 50 other countries, such as UK, Australia and New Zealand.
He receives emails from listeners all over the world. A week ago, a teacher from a small town in UK wrote to him to express her thankfulness, saying that his China History Podcast helped her teach a Chinese history class. The teacher said the students of the class are encouraged to listen to the podcast.
In a warm New Year greeting message left on his podcast website on Jan. 4 this year, a guy named Omar said “I want to personally thank you for creating and keeping up this podcast! You have motivated me to learn more about China and even start my own podcast to celebrate Chinese culture in my hometown of San Antonio. ”
Another listener named Frederic Rocafort who now lives in Shenzhen, a city in southern China’s Guangdong province, said he enjoyed listening to Montgomery’s podcast while riding frequently the rails to Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong, and Hong Kong.
“One listen and I was hooked. Since then I have heard most of his 122 — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with U.S Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday and said he looks forward to a higher level of economic cooperation between the two countries.
China and the United States should make a breakthrough regarding the bilateral investment treaty (BIT) and cooperate more extensively and on a higher level to open a new chapter for bilateral economic cooperation, Li said during the meeting with Biden, who visited China from Wednesday to Thursday.  Full story[db:内容2]