FROM Elizabeth Economy
Chen Guangcheng Overshadows Clinton's China Visit Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Beijing for talks on Iran, North Korea and economic relations . But those issues have been overshadowed by the escape of the blind dissident Chen Guangcheng, his release from the US Embassy and his changing story. Elizabeth Economy is Senior Fellow and Director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations .
China: New Leaders, New Plans and Potential Troubles China stunned economists and rattled stock markets worldwide by raising interest rates today for the first time in three years, after four days of secret meetings by 300 or so top Communist Party leaders which ended yesterday. China watchers are trying to analyze the leadership choices and new five-year plan. What’s next for economic growth, the environment and housing prices? Will censorship give way to greater openness? What about competition with the US?
China: New Leaders, New Plans and Potential Troubles China's been a major engine of growth in the weakened global economy, but, today, in the hopes of slowing things down, it stunned economists and rattled stock markets worldwide by raising interest rates for the first time in three years. Though China's economy grows fast, a population equal to that of the US is moving from the countryside into the cities. Can the government maintain control? China watchers are trying to analyze the leadership choices and new five-year plan determined in four days of high-level, secret meetings by 300 top Communist Party leaders. What's next for economic growth, the environment and housing prices? Will censorship give way to greater openness? What about competition with the US?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.