China on the World Stage

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China's big road to the Olympics is turning into a hard course in global pushback and big power comeuppance. The image of the Olympic torch being hustled through a rolling hail of protest over Tibet and human rights is clearly excruciating for Beijing.

But while the torch gets hustled, Chinese wealth and power continues to mount. Next week, On Point heads to China for an up close look. Today, we raise the curtain.

This hour, On Point: ready or not, China looms large. We look at the sources and faces of Chinese power.Guest:

David M. Lampton, professor of China studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and author of the new book "The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds."

This program aired on April 9, 2008.


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