Can a US President Say Boo to China?
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When it comes to trade with China, talking tough is the easy part. Winning cases in front of the World Trade Organization has proved harder. As American workers lap up promises of recalibrating trade, big businesses in the US like the current trading relationship of the US and china trading goods and the occasional threat. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Mike Pesca looks at US-China trade -- beyond the rhetoric. Also, protests break out in Pakistan over an anti-Muslim film, and a new iPhone excites the phoneratti but might disappoint users who liked Google maps.
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Protests Break Out in Pakistan over Anti-Muslim Film ()
Tomorrow is a national holiday in Pakistan, but not one to celebrate heroes or holy days. The government, fearful that roiling demonstrations over an anti Muslim film would get out of hand simply shut the country down, declaring Friday an official "day of expression of love for the prophet." Correspondent Jon Boone is in Pakistan for Britain's Guardian newspaper.
Trading Barbs over Foreign Trade ()
It's a pretty reliable applause line on the campaign trail: As President I will stand up to China. The US actually has brought an unfair trade case against China before the World Trade Organization, but a bill that would get tough on Chinese currency manipulation languishes in Congress with neither candidate's prodding his party to push it along. Can one country really bully around a trade partner that it owes $1.2 trillion? How unfair is the game that China's playing? We discuss the economics of trade, the reality of the Chinese economy and the realistic options for any American president.
- Joshua Meltzer: Brookings Institution
- Steven Dennis: Roll Call, @StevenTDennis
- Greg Anderson: business consultant and author, @GE_Anderson
- James Fallows: Atlantic Monthly, @JamesFallows
The iPhone 5 Loses Google Maps ()
Apple's new iPhone 5 debuts tomorrow. The reviews are in, the technocratic is gaga over the gee-gaws, but there's a Google hoo-haa brewing. Reporter Brian Chen, who covers technology for the New York Times and its Bits blog has more on the costly, powerful device that some say can actually affect the overall economy.
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