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G20: America and China Face Off, Economically

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The G20 Summit started earlier today in Seoul, South Korea, and high among the story lines we're watching is the economic skirmishing between China and the U.S. The U.S. has long been critical of how China has dealt with its currency, accusing China's central banks with keeping the RMB artificially low. China and other countries, meanwhile, are not happy with some of the White House's fiscal policies, most recently the Fed's plan to pump $600 billion back into the sluggish U.S. economy.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: China-US Currency Standoff Looms, Morning Headlines

Thursday, November 11, 2010

President Obama and China are set for an economic staring contest today at the G20. While everyone's being cordial, there's a looming battle over quantitative easing and China's holdings in U.S. debt. 

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The Takeaway

What Should the US Do About China?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

President Obama is meeting world leaders in South Korea today to grapple with global economic problems. Top on the agenda for the U.S.: How China's economic rise is hurting America.

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The Takeaway

President Obama's Quiet Agenda in Asia

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

President Obama arrived in Indonesia this morning, for the second stop on his 10-day trip in Asia. As he meets with world leaders in India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan, the President will talk about global security, international trade and economics, improving cultural ties, diplomatic efforts and preventing terrorism. But some issues will be conspicuously missing from his public agenda.

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The Empire

On China, daylight between Schumer and Bloomberg

Monday, November 08, 2010

It doesn't get any starker than this.

On Sunday, Schumer said China "takes unfair advantage of American workers and American companies, by any standard."

They've also "stolen" intellectual property rights, "manipulat[e]" their currency, and anyone who praises that country "doesn't get what's really happening."

Bloomberg, in Honk Kong this weekend, said, "we’ve got to stop blaming the Chinese and blaming everybody else and take a look at ourselves."

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Jianying Zha on the writer Wang Meng

Monday, November 01, 2010

Jianying Zha on the writer Wang Meng.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Big Picture: Midterms and the World

Thursday, October 28, 2010

James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic, and Ryan Avent, online economics editor for The Economist, look at how then U.S. midterms are playing around the world and at how the election could affect a number of global policy concerns: from the debate over China’s valuation of its currency, to EU austerity measures, to the prospects for an arms reduction treaty with Russia.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Race between China and India

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Raghav Bahl, founder and managing director of India's largest television news and business network, discusses the differences in how China and India work on the ground. While China is building infrastructure and reinvesting almost half its GDP, India is still a "promising" economy, and more than half its GDP is consumed by its billion-plus people. In Super Power? The Amazing Race Between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise he looks into who is more likely to win the race to superpower status.  

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The Takeaway

China's Increasing Demand for 'Fake' Western Executives

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The "Made in China" tag on designer handbags, DVDs or software does not inspire confidence, as they are often attached to counterfeit merchandise. But what's perhaps less well known is a growing custom for Chinese companies to hire fake executives, frequently western white men. With help from our partner, the BBC, we learn how Americans and other "western" looking men are being hired to top positions in Chinese corporations. These westerners have little to no business experience to speak of; their only job requirement is to convince the Chinese clients of these companies that they are a serious player in the globalized world.

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The Takeaway

China Hikes Interest Rates for First Time in 3 Years

Friday, October 22, 2010

China's central bank surprised the global market by increasing its interest rates for the first time since 2007. Being that it's the second largest economy in the world, the decision to increase interest rates has the global economy feeling the effects. Gold and oil prices dropped, while stocks took a negative turn in Europe and the dollar jumped.

Joining us to discuss is Sewell Chan, Washington correspondent for The New York Times.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Elections, Health Care, and Pakistan

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mid-term elections are just two weeks away, and a frenzy of campaigning from President Obama, First Lady Michelle, and the Tea Party express is about to get underway.

Takeaway managing producer, Noel King, and Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, explore what's ahead this week as we get close to election day.

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Talk to Me

Talk to Me: Lost and Found at Happy Ending

Monday, October 18, 2010

Israel, China, and Afghanistan figured in works presented at the Happy Ending Music and Reading series at Joe’s Pub on October 6th

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bo Caldwell on her novel City of Tranquil Light

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bo Caldwell discusses her second novel, inspired by the lives of her maternal grandparents. City of Tranquil Light is a portrait of a young marriage of two missionaries in China in the early twentieth-century. They find themselves witnesses to the crumbling of a dynasty, which plunges the country into decades of civil war.

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WQXR News

Nobel Peace Price Awarded to Liu Xiaobo

Friday, October 08, 2010

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, citing his work as an advocate for human rights, including his participation in the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square, and authoring a human rights manifesto that lead to his imprisonment in 2008.

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The Takeaway

Chinese Dissidents Celebrate Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize

Friday, October 08, 2010

We continue our coverage of Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned Chinese dissident who was announced this morning as the winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. To learn more about Liu, we speak with a man who has known him for over 20 years. Wan Yanhai directs an AIDS awareness group, and was jailed in his home country of China three times in the past 12 years. He fled to Washington, D.C. earlier this year, and has been celebrating Liu's honor all morning.

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The Takeaway

US Hints at Frustration With Chinese Monetary Policy

Thursday, October 07, 2010

New York Times finance reporter Louise Story breaks down Timothy Geithner's speech on monetary policy at the Brookings Institution and explains a new House bill that could allow trade sanctions on China based on the artificially low value of the Chinese RMB.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

An American in China

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Deborah Fallows, author of Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons In Life, Love, And Language, writes about the cultural differences she encountered living in China.

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, October 04, 2010

Kerry Nolan and NYT correspondent David Sanger  talk about how other countries are responding to China's currency manipulations. Plus, they get into some White House gossip.

The Takeaway

The Growing Middle Class in India and China

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

As President Obama continues his conversations with Americans, with stops in Iowa and Virginia today, we wanted to take a moment and go global.  What do the growing middle classes in other countries look like, and what do they strive for? Today, we're focusing on India and China, two of the world's burgeoning societies. 

To help us look at both countries, we're joined by Vishakha Desai, president of Asia Society. We also talk with someone who's lived in the middle class in both China and India. Aadil Ebrahim recently moved from Hong Kong to Mumbai, where he works for an investment asset management firm.

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The Takeaway

A Toy by Any Other Name…

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Following the influx of tainted toys on American consumers back in 2007, the federal government created the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.  Now that the Feds are getting closer to enacting those regulations, New York Times Wall Street and finance reporter Louise Story tells us manufacturers are going to great lengths to make sure their products aren't labeled “toys.” 

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