Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
"When I was in China, we signed an agreement that we were going to be cooperating on three areas in particular: Building efficiency, transportation — more efficient vehicles and electrification of vehicles — and finally, cooperating on how we can learn to use coal in a clean way, including the capture and storage of carbon dioxide."
—Secretary of Energy Steven Chu
Click through for a transcript of this interview.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
As Han and Uighur Chinese battle each other in a flare up of ancient ethnic tensions, the flashpoint city of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang province has been filled with Chinese soldiers trying to quell the violence. The unrest, which may be the worst since the Cultural Revolution, prompted Chinese President Hu Jintao to leave the G8 meeting in Italy to attend to the situation. For the latest, The Takeaway is joined by Ted Plafker, a correspondent in the Beijing Bureau of The Economist who is in Urumqi, China, and Yuwen Wu, the editor of the BBC's Mandarin service.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
In the northwest corner of China, rival protesters took to the streets again on Tuesday, defying the Chinese government's efforts to lock down the province after clashes between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese left over 150 people dead and more than a 1,000 injured. The authorities imposed curfews, cut off cellphone and Internet services and sent armed police officers into neighborhoods in the Xinjiang province. For more we turn to Shirong Chen, China Editor for the BBC.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
What really happens to the mountains of computers at recycling centers throughout the U.S.? In the upcoming documentary “Digital Dumping Ground,” Frontline World Producer Peter Klein and a team of graduate journalism students from the University of British Columbia follow the trail of “e-waste” that leads to Ghana, China and India. Among the locals who act as e-waste guides in these countries is Jim Puckett, an environmentalist who discovered a startling center of e-waste —Guiyu, China, where the residents suffer some of the highest dioxin and lead poisoning in the world. And in Ghana, much of the e-waste is actually used by scam artists who take personal banking and credit card information off of the hard drives. Peter Klein joins The Takeaway to talk about his documentary.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Just back from a trip to China is Assistant Energy Secretary David Sandalow, who joins The Takeaway to discuss how talks are going. Click through for the full transcript of the interview.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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The tiny South Pacific island state of Palau has agreed to temporarily resettle 17 Chinese Muslims being held in Guantanamo Bay prison. The men are ethnic Uighurs from China's north-western Xinjiang province; they were cleared for release four years ago by U.S. authorities but have had nowhere to go. They can't be returned to China for fear they'd be mistreated and their resettlement in the U.S. faced fierce political opposition. Palau's current President, Johnson Toribong, said his country was “honored and proud” to take the detainees. We speak to Palau’s former president Tommy Remengesau, who stepped down in January, about the island's decision.
"It’s the long-term ramifications. What is the view of the very people we’re trying to invite to Palau as tourists? What will they think of Palau if they know that we are hosting Guantanamo Bay detainees?"
— Former Palau president Tommy Remengesau on the hosting of Guantanamo Bay detainees
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Twenty years ago today the Chinese army rolled their tanks into Tiananmen Square in Beijing and quashed the massive protests that were taking place there. Seven weeks of uprisings, demonstrations, and hunger strikes were wiped out under the treads of Chinese tanks. Casualties numbered in the hundreds or the thousands — there has never been an official accounting — but the toll on the democracy movement was near fatal. To help recreate the scene for us we are joined by the BBC's Kate Adie, who reported from the ground in Tiananmen Square. We are also joined by photographer Jeff Widener, who captured the quintessential image of the struggle — a lone man standing against a line of tanks.
See also the New York Times Photo Essay Behind the Scenes: Tank Man of Tiananmen.
Also: watch a BBC interview with Kate Adie about her experiences that day and her hopes for the future of democracy in China.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Monday, June 01, 2009
For more on Geithner's visit to China, watch the video below.
Monday, June 01, 2009
—New York Times international business editor Marcus Mabry on U.S. relations with China
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Here's the President announcing his choice of Jon Huntsman:
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
By Lisa Chow
The last time I reported on Smith Street, home to many boutiques and restaurants and squeezed between Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, it was January. It was cold. And store managers complained that there was very little foot traffic. This time, I spent some time with one of ...
Monday, April 27, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
—Author and blogger John Pomfret on the economic importance of China
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Read Siobhan Gorman's article, Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated By Spies in today's Wall Street Journal.