In China, we meet a modern-day Thomas Edison who helped give birth to the country's "knockoff" electric car industry. Chinese consumers in second-tier cities can't get enough of these small, cheap electric cars that require 6 hours of charging to go 75 miles -- at a maximum of 35 mph. Video journalist Jimmy Wang produced the video for TIME and the Asia Society.
The automobile industry, hard hit by the recession, is facing a fundamental shift in direction. Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Vijay Vaitheeswaran, a correspondent for The Economist and the co-author of "Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future," about what he calls the coming "end of the age of oil."
The news of suspected child smugglers operating in Haiti has highlighted longstanding concerns about the trafficking of children from poor countries. Patrick McCormick of the United Nations children's agency, UNICEF, talked to Worldfocus about vulnerable children around the world.
Aida Alami is a Moroccan freelance journalist who wrote for Le Journal Hebdomadaire until the magazine was shut down by the government last week. Worldfocus interviewed her about why the Moroccan government closed one of the country's most independent news outlets.
Over the past few weeks, Vietnamese courts have convicted several dissidents of subversion, sentencing them to prison terms of up to 16 years. For more insight into what's happening, Elaine Pearson of Human Rights Watch joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the political situation in Vietnam.
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?
Two students were killed by stray bullets on January 25 in a clash between pro- and anti-government protesters in Mérida, Venezuela, after controversial moves by the government to restrict media outlets. Bloggers are outraged.
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.