Worldfocus contributing blogger S. Azmat Hassan writes how President Obama’s first visit to China elicited considerable curiosity among the Chinese, though Obama could not have expected the generally rapturous welcome he has received in Europe. Additionally, the Chinese government saw to it that his visit was strictly controlled and choreographed.
Top stories from around the world brought to you by the Worldfocus newsroom. Today: Germany plans to have immigrants sign "integration contracts," Israel may be closer to securing the release of hostage Gilad Shalit; and political violence in the Philippines.
Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs Magazine and James Rubin of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss President Barack Obama's trip to Asia and the focus of U.S.-China relations.
Part 6 of 6 in our Inside the Hermit Kingdom series on the people and culture of North Korea. Worldfocus multimedia producer Ben Piven writes about the stark contrast between the stagnant North Korean economy and the booming economies of China and South Korea to the north and south.
The Obama administration is dealing with the thorny issue of North Korea's nuclear program. To take a closer look, Leon Sigal of the Social Science Research Council in New York speaks with Daljit Dhaliwal. They discuss Sigal's recent meeting with a North Korean delegation in New York -- and how willing the North Koreans are to negotiate.
Today's top stores as brought to you by the Worldfocus newsroom. President Obama has tough words for Iran and North Korea; Russia has over 3,500 people die in road accidents daily; and Irish sports officials protest the winning goal scored by France in the World Cup playoffs.
Worldfocus contributing blogger Nina Hachigian analyzes the outcome of the recent U.S.-China meeting. While no great gains were made, she says that the cautious Chinese steps towards engagement signal a welcome change in Beijing's foreign policy.
Ayo Johnson, a Worldfocus contributing blogger, writes about extraction of natural resources in Africa. The piece, excerpted from his blog, Africa Speak International, argues that Chinese investment in Africa has benefited that continent and speaks to Africa's natural strategic importance.
In a reminder of just how bad the problem of corruption is in Afghanistan, today's Washington Post quotes an American official as saying that the Afghan minister of mines accepted a $30 million bribe to award its largest mining project to a Chinese firm. Should the United States continue to give aid if Afghanistan doesn't clean up corruption?
Top stories from around the world brought to you by the Worldfocus newsroom. Today: President Obama leaves China with few concessions; Germany will extend its mission in Afghanistan for another year; and an epidemic of childhood obesity threatens to lower life expectancy in Mexico.