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Every week we hit the news on Friday. This week we do it from China. Things look different when you’re sitting in Shanghai. The pope’s visit to America? Invisible. The Dalai Lama in the U.S.? Big. CNN’s Jack Cafferty and his offhand taunt toward China? Huge. You wouldn’t believe the rumpus.
We’ve got Olympic politics, a once hot market in trouble, a party boss going down, and Tibet all over…
The Olympic flame burned though India, on a very short run in New Delhi (watch it on YouTube here).
CNN’s Jack Cafferty delivers a broadside China's way — "I think they’re basically the same set of goons and thugs they have been for the past fifty years." He says he was only going after the Chinese government.
Beijing hears it otherwise. Says he slandered the nation, and demands satisfaction: "We solemnly request CNN Cafferty to take back his malicious remarks and apologize to the Chinese people."
This hour, a week in the news China-style, live from Shanghai.
What's your top story this week — in the US? In China? In the world where they meet? What’s your take on China and the U.S. over the Olympics, hot tempers, trade, the Dalai Lama?
Joining us from Beijing is Yang Rui, bigtime host of the daily English-language current-affairs show "Dialogue," on China’s government-run television network, CCTV. It’s one of the top-rated shows on CCTV’s eleven channels in China. He is careful to say he is here not as a representative of CCTV or the Chinese government, but as an informed Chinese citizen.
With us from Hong Kong is Willy Lo-Lap Lam. He’s a longtime, top Hong Kong journalist who's worked in senior positions with the South China Morning Post, Asia Week, and the Asia-Pacific headquarters of CNN. He is currently a Senior Fellow in the China Program at The Jamestown Foundation, a group that informs U.S. policymakers about parts of the world with media constraints—like China.
And with us in our studio in Shanghai is James Areddy, Shanghai correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He is part of the WSJ team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for International Reporting on China.
This program aired on April 18, 2008.
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