China predicted that it would achieve over 8 percent growth this year, and the economic superpower says it has fulfilled its target. For more on the Chinese economy, Martin Savidge interviews Marcus Mabry of the New York Times. And Melissa Chan of Al Jazeera English reports from China.
Dozens of countries are contributing to the relief effort in Haiti. China's mission is using life detectors and snake-eye cameras to find survivors. According to China Central TV, the Chinese team has found 15 bodies in 23 collapsed buildings.
The World Bank released its annual economic report this week, predicting that the global economy will grow by 2.7 percent in 2010. Yet, today the U.S. Dept. of Labor announced an increase in unemployment, and GM said that it will cut 8,300 more jobs in Europe. Also, economists are worried about asset bubbles in China and about stimulus packages wearing off.
Worldfocus contributing blogger Jamblichus analyzes the leadership style of conservative South Korean president Lee Myung-bak. He argues that Lee, a former CEO of Hyundai Engineering, has a penchant for mammoth projects such as a controversial plan to dredge Korea's major waterways.
High-speed train travel is set to take over in China. New lines linking major cities are providing faster and faster routes. China has committed almost $300 billion over the next decade to build the planet's most expansive high-speed network. The world's fastest train covers the 664-mile Guangzhou-Wuhan trip in just three hours -- an average speed of 217 mph.
In a new setback for Japan today, Japan Airlines, the country's top carrier, filed for bankruptcy protection. The company is staggering under almost $26 billion in debt. It will cut almost 16,000 jobs, reduce pensions and cut routes. Here's how Deutsche Welle covered the demise of a Japanese giant.
For the next two weeks, we present "Obama and the World," an in-depth interview series that examines the first year of President Barack Obama's foreign policy. This week's four extended interviews address Iran, Africa, Israel-Palestine and Latin America. And next week we'll look at Afghanistan-Pakistan, China, Russia and the global economy.
Worldfocus contributing blogger Hsin-Yin Lee writes about the parallels some people are drawing between the movie "Avatar" and forced evictions in China, where conflicts between residents and developers have led to protests and violence.
Hillary Clinton is off to Asia, her second trip there since she took office. Right away, she became the first Secretary of State in four decades to go to Asia before Europe. Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian writes that the Obama Administration is playing its cards well on Asia so far.
Since Friday, tensions between Malaysian Muslims and Christians have escalated, with attacks on nine Christan churches in retaliation for use of the word "Allah." Jamie Metzl of the Asia Society discusses rising religious tensions and how the conflict might be resolved.