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The Coming Collision With China

The Coming Collision With China

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9 million more cars hit China's roads every year. Photo by China Photos/Getty Images hide caption

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Anytime Ted Koppel decides to take on a project, you can bet it will be good. Tonight on the Discovery Channel, you can see the first of a four-part series on China, the "People's Republic of Capitalism." A major storyline in the series is China's fascination with, and growing embrace of, cars. With more people than any other country on Earth, the implications of hundreds of millions of Chinese turning in their bicycles for BMWs are huge... environmentally, economically, even politically. As we have on Wednesdays past, we are broadcasting from the Newseum here in Washington today. But, there's something different about this show: Ted Koppel is filling in while Neal's on vacation. Ted (can I call him Ted? Maybe Mr. Koppel?) spent months filming and traveling in China for his latest report, and will now talk about the coming collision between the United States and China. Is there anything we can do to stop it? What do you plan to do to prepare?

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