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?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?