China in the 21st Century
August 24, 2006 Beijing estimates that there are more than 200 million religious believers in China. But some officials worry that even sanctioned religious groups represent a challenge to communist ideology. Richard Madsen, author of China's Catholics, talks about the country's dramatic religious revival.
March 30, 2006 Two Asian giants, China and Japan, are struggling to get along. Their issues include disputed oil rights, military buildups, national pride, and the legacy of the second world war. Neal Conan leads a discussion on how the growing power struggle in Asia affects the rest of the world.
February 23, 2006 Many see China as an emerging colossus, but India is working hard to catch up. Both project remarkable economic growth but in very different political, military and cultural contexts. Guests on the program discuss India and China, and the economics of the 21st century.
January 18, 2006 China's capitalist economy inevitably affects its Communist politics. Party controls are less stringent and there are glimmers of political diversity. Scholar Merle Goldman discusses political change in China, and her new book, From Comrade to Citizen.
December 21, 2005 Critics say that China's rapid economic growth leads to pollution in the air and water, and leaves mountains of untreated waste. In one recent incident, an explosion at a Chinese chemical plant spilled benzene into a major river, cutting off the water supply to thousands. As part of an ongoing series on China in the 21st century, experts and guests examine the country's environmental record.
August 25, 2005 Centuries ago, China was the center of the world in innovation. In coming years, the country may push itself back to that lofty status. Time magazine correspondent Bill Powell and John Seely Brown, former director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, look at the high-tech future of China.