In our news wrap Wednesday, U.S. officials say Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping traded arguments over China’s new air defense zone during a diplomatic trip to Beijing. Also, the European Commission has imposed fines of $2.3 billion on major U.S. and European banks for rigging interest rates. Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, Russian contractors have been burying construction waste outside Sochi, despite a no waste pledge by the government for the Winter Olympics. The illegal dumping may taint the water supply for the games. Also, Beijing police are investigating a car crash that officials now think was a deliberate attack. Continue reading
John Sparks of Independent Television News reports from Shandong province, south of Beijing, on complaints of government corruption that are coming from police officers, upset over the abuse of power wielded by superior officers, mirroring anger from the citizen protestors they are supposed to keep in check. Continue reading
Gu Kulai, a lawyer, businesswoman and wife of a fallen Chinese politico, has been officially charged for murdering Neil Heywood last November. Investigation reports released this week state that conflicts over economic interests were the motive for the crime. Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading
After Chen Guangcheng left the U.S. Embassy in Beijing Wednesday, the Chinese dissident said he left under duress. Jeffrey Brown, Xiao Qiang of The China Digital Times and The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos discuss the blind activist’s unclear fate and how his saga has affected U.S.-China relations. Continue reading
U.S. stocks held their losses in check for much of Friday, but the Dow Jones industrial average ended the day with a loss of nearly 173 points as Vice President Joe Biden sought to reassure Chinese leaders about the U.S. economy. Jeffrey Brown reports on the ongoing market volatility here and abroad. Continue reading
As Chinese President Hu continues his state visit to the U.S., Lindsay Hilsum of Independent Television News gets views from several students at Renmin University in Beijing on whether he should make any concessions on human rights or the Chinese currency. Also, what do young Chinese people think of the outside world? Continue reading
The first time art critic Barbara Pollack went to China in 2004, she says the art scene reminded her of the wild, wild west: there were some brave pioneers and a general sense of lawlessness — no established rules or conventions. In the short years since then, the Chinese art scene — like the Chinese economy — has exploded, with over 400 galleries in Beijing and 1200 contemporary art museums being built across the country, according to Pollack.