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In global recession, China continues breakneck expansion

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In global recession, China continues breakneck expansion

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.

Posted: January 21, 2010 15:59   Comments: 5
Chinese aid team contributes to Haiti disaster relief effort

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Chinese aid team contributes to Haiti disaster relief effort

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.

Posted: January 21, 2010 15:07   Comments: 5
World Bank predicts strong 2010 global economic growth

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World Bank predicts strong 2010 global economic growth

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.

Posted: January 21, 2010 12:37   Comments: 24
South Korea’s president proposes controversial river plan

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South Korea’s president proposes controversial river plan

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.

Posted: January 20, 2010 14:50   Comments: 1
China commits massive funds to future high-speed rail

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China commits massive funds to future high-speed rail

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.

Posted: January 19, 2010 16:10   Comments: 6
Japan’s top airline goes bankrupt, leaving 16,000 jobless

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Japan’s top airline goes bankrupt, leaving 16,000 jobless

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.

Posted: January 19, 2010 15:59   Comments: 0
Worldfocus looks back at first year of Obama foreign policy

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Worldfocus looks back at first year of Obama foreign policy

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.

Posted: January 19, 2010 14:13   Comments: 33
Avatar’s forced evictions resonate with Chinese public

Hsin-Yin Lee (Blog)

Avatar’s forced evictions resonate with Chinese public

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.

Posted: January 13, 2010 13:21   Comments: 4
Hillary Clinton returns to Asia to seal diplomatic deals

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Hillary Clinton returns to Asia to seal diplomatic deals

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.

Posted: January 13, 2010 12:04   Comments: 1
Churches set ablaze as religious strife rages in Malaysia

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Churches set ablaze as religious strife rages in Malaysia

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.

Posted: January 12, 2010 15:24   Comments: 5

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