In the final installment of our two-week-long series, "Obama and the World," we focus on China. Adam Segal, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and John Delury, associate director of the Center for U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society, join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss Sino-American relations and whether China will assume global supremacy.
While the focus of President Obama's State of the Union address last night was on jobs and economic recovery, Obama also said the U.S. can no longer afford to stand by -- as other economic powers become more competitive. To level the playing field more in favor of American goods, should the U.S. impose protectionist measures against China?
Worldfocus contributing blogger Nina Hachigian argues that while President Obama probably won't highlight it in his speech, he has revolutionized the U.S. approach to foreign policy by emphasizing our multipolar world.
Martin Savidge hosts Barbara Demick of the LA Times and Leon Sigal of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project. They discuss North Korea's recent currency devaluation, how the state is closing underground markets, the grim economic reality for the North Korean people and the prospects of U.S. economic engagement with this rogue and isolated nation.
Marcus Mabry, international business editor of The New York Times, and John Authers, the investment editor for the Financial Times, join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the impact of U.S. economic policies overseas, the risk of inflation in China, the fate of Japan's economy and recovery in Europe.
Worldfocus blogger Michael Lwin, who recently returned from Myanmar, writes about the urban Burmese social scene. He describes Yangoon's "karaoke girls"-- young women from poor families who make a living offering affectionate company for the evening.
Choi Hyun-mi is a female boxer who has found popularity and success in South Korea after defecting from the North with her family in 2004. Now known as South Korea's "Million Dollar Baby", the 19-year-old has been the reigning WBA featherweight champion since 2007. Al Jazeera English's Rahul Pathak has more.
As President Obama marks the first anniversary of his inauguration, we review the successes and failures of his foreign policy. Carol Giacomo, a member of The New York Times' editorial board, and David Andelman, editor of the World Policy Journal and former foreign correspondent for The New York Times and CBS News, join Martin Savidge.
Worldfocus contributing blogger Nina Hachigian writes that one unquestionable success of the Obama administration so far has been to turn the page on the failed Bush foreign policy framework, which clung to the belief that the linchpin of American security was for it to remain more powerful than all other countries by a huge, fixed margin.
Today the Chinese government criticized Hillary Clinton's call for China and other countries to stop censoring web content, including Google searches. Those restrictions have prompted Google to threaten to pull out of China. China's Foreign Ministry has urged the U.S. to "respect facts and stop using so-called freedom of the internet to make unjustified accusations."