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China, a Year Later
Shanghai, China. (AP)

A view of Shanghai, China, March 2009. (AP)

China just gets bigger as a global issue, a global power. One year ago this month, we packed up On Point and went on the road to China, broadcasting live for a week from the heart of Shanghai.

Today, we’ll turn our microphones back to China, to look at the big changes of the last year: an earthquake in Sichuan, an epic Olympics in Beijing, and economic meltdown all over.

China’s been hit by the meltdown, too. But it’s also emerged, more clearly than ever, as the cash-rich banker to America — with all that means.

This hour, On Point: One year on, we look back to China.

You can join the conversation. After earthquake and Olympics and economic meltdown, how do you see China now? Still on the rise? On a sidetrack? Treasury to the world? Partner? Or something else?

Guests:

Anthony Kuhn, Beijing correspondent for National Public Radio.

Joining us from Beijing is Sun Zhe, professor at the Institute for International Studies and director of the Center for U.S.-China relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing. A wise voice last year with us in Shanghai, he is one of China’s leading scholars in the field of U.S.-China relations and American Studies.

And with us from Shanghai is Fang Xinghai, Director General in the Office for Financial Services in the Shanghai Metropolitan Government and former Deputy CEO of the Shanghai Stock Exchange. A U.S.-educated mover and shaker in the Chinese Communist Party, he also joined us last year in Shanghai.

“On Point in Shanghai”
See the special site we created for our week of broadcasts from Shanghai, April 14-18, 2008. You’ll find all ten shows, along with links, slideshows, videos, music, and listener comments. Plus, host Tom Ashbrook’s daily posts.

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