30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: What is the future of U.S.-China relations? Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.
It's the "Year of the Water Dragon"--which is considered particularly special. Sheryl WuDunn will explain why and talk about the massive migration of 200 million people travelling for the one big holiday of the year in China. WuDunn is an investment banker and writer, Pulitzer-prize winning former reporter with the New York Times and the co-author, with husband Nicholas Kristof of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
Monday marks the beginning of 4709 in the Chinese calendar, the "Year of the Dragon". A strong, fiery, and auspicious cultural symbol, the lunar year ahead holds the potential for seismic change. In addition to the generational transitions set for its government, military, and the Communist Party, some experts are claiming 2012 will be the year China's economy collapses.
Three women were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, becoming the first women to win since 2004. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, also of Liberia, and Tawakul Karman of Yemen will share the award. The Norwegian Nobel committee honored the three women for "their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work." Johnson Sirleaf is the first democratically-elected female head of state in Africa, Gbowee is an activist, and Karman is a leading figure in Yemen's pro-democracy movement.
William Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council, joins Sheryl WuDunn, investment advisor, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist formerly with the New York Times, and the co-author with husband Nicholas Kristof of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, to discuss the Chinese economy in light of President Hu's state visit.
China's President Hu Jintao arrived at Andrews Air Force Base Tuesday, for the start of his three day visit to our nation's capital. He is set to meet with President Obama and other top officials, before a black tie dinner in the Chinese President's honor. The meeting comes at a time when the relationship between countries is strained and both presidents are suffering from a lack of faith in their leadership.
Caring for the elderly has long played an important role in Chinese culture. But rapid economic growth has forced adult Chinese children to abandon their hometowns to find jobs in other parts of the country — often leaving their elderly parents on their own. This cultural shift has led Chinese officials to consider a law that would require adult children to care for their parents.
What are the biggest moral challenges we face today? We're joined by two people who have given a lot of thought to cultural challenges around the world, including poverty, racism, and the systematic oppression of women. Nick Kristof is a columnist for The New York Times, and his wife Sheryl WuDunn a former New York Times correspondent.
They are authors of the new book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” and wrote the article in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, "The Women's Crusade."