FROM Jeffrey Wasserstrom
New U.S.-China Visa Policy President Obama is in Beijing at the APEC summit of Pacific Rim leaders this week, where he announced a new visa policy between the U.S. and China. We break down the details of the deal, and what it could mean for Southern California.
Protestors Swell in Hong Kong: What Will Beijing Do? When Britain gave up its Hong Kong colony in 1997, China agreed to “one country—two systems.” Unlike the mainland, Hong Kong would have a free press and judiciary—and the promise of “free and fair” elections in 2017. But, in August, Beijing decreed that the candidates will be selected by a committee of its choosing. Students and other democracy activists denounced the ruling and organized street protests, which have swelled to tens of thousands of people in the past few days.
A Blind Man, International Diplomacy and China's Political Struggles As we begin this program, there are more questions than answers about the blind Chinese dissident who escaped house arrest in Shandong Province and was smuggled into the US Embassy in Beijing. Chen Guangcheng says he's grateful to the US, but that China reneged on agreements that led him to leave the embassy after six days. Is he being treated well at a Chinese hospital? Will he, his wife, two children and relatives back home be subject to retaliation? Will Chen be allowed to come to the US, where he has reportedly been offered a fellowship? As she wrapped up two days of high-level trade and security talks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was cautiously optimistic. But likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called reports of the embassy's mishandling of the case, a "day of shame" for the Obama Administration. We hear from a reporter who's talked to Chen and get the latest on the Obama Administration's handling of the affair.
Dissident's Protest Inspires Ordinary Chinese The US Secretaries of State and Treasury are scheduled to leave Washington for Beijing, and Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell is already there, as the Obama Administration rushes to contain a diplomatic crisis over escaped blind dissident who's escaped from house arrest in China. So far there is no public confirmation that Chen Guangcheng has taken refuge in the US Embassy in Beijing. Jeff Wasserstrom is Professor of History at University of California at Irvine and the author of China in the 21st Century : What Everyone Needs to Know.
Chinese Government Reacts to Nobel Peace Prize for Dissident Tomorrow in Oslo, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, but he won't be there. He's serving a prison sentence for a pro-democracy campaign China calls "subversive." Outraged when Liu got the prize, China created the Confucius Peace Prize, which today went to former Taiwanese Vice President Lien Chan, who said he'd never heard of it and had no intention of ever picking it up. Jeff Wasserstrom is Professor of History at the University of California at Irvine and author of China in the 21st Century : What Everyone Needs to Know.
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.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?