In China, President Hu Jintao has taken complete control of the country, after Jiang Zemin finally gave up his post as head of the military. The consolidation of power took place at the relatively youthful age -- in Communist Party terms -- of 61. What---s behind China---s first smooth transition of power in the history of the Communist Party? How will Hu govern China, now that he---s free of powerful party elders? Will he be able to slow down China---s overheated economy? How will he handle a foreign policy agenda that includes Taiwan and North Korea? What about human rights? Guest host Sara Terry looks back at China's recent transition of power and forward to its future with journalists in Beijing, historians, political scientists and human rights advocates. (An extended version of this segment was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point
- Making News: Making News: Governor's Veto Belies Business-Friendly Ties
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed two bills in a move that political observers say is the strongest indication to date of where he stands in disputes between business and labor. One was a bill that would have raised California's minimum wage, and the other would have required giant retailers to do economic impact studies before opening new stores. Linda Gledhill covers Sacramento for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Guest host Sara Terry
is an award-winning writer and photographer, who has written for the Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Fast Company, Rolling Stone and the Boston Globe. Her photo-documentary project, Aftermath: Bosnia's Long Road to Peace
, will be published in September, 2005.
California minimum wage bill (AB 2832)
Governor's veto message on AB 2832
Bill on super-store retailers and economic impact reports (SB 1056)
Governor's veto message on SB 1056
California Restaurant Association on California minimum wage increase
Gledhill's article on Governor's vetoes
Marquand's article on Jiang's resignation as military chief