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February 26th, 2014
02:20 PM ET

Outrage in Hong Kong after editor attack

There is shock and outrage in Hong Kong after the brutal stabbing of a veteran newspaper editor.

Kevin Lau, a journalist in Hong Kong known for his tough reporting on China, is fighting for his life after a knife attack by an unknown assailant.

Last month, Lau was sacked as the editor of the Ming Pao newspaper, stirring public outcry about press freedom in Hong Kong.

Many of Lau's supporters feared his departure reflected Beijing's efforts to limit press freedom and influence independent media in semi-autonomous Hong Kong.

After the knife attack, Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung was quick to condemn the violence.

Meanwhile, journalists are stunned that such an attack would take place in Hong Kong - an international media hub that has supported free reporting across the political spectrum.

Click on to hear the concerned reaction from journalist Tara Joseph, the President of the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Hong Kong.

January 29th, 2014
02:04 PM ET

Beijing ups the pressure on foreign media

Just last month in Beijing, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden lamented the lack of press freedom in China.

Despite such high-profile criticism, Beijing has increased its pressure on foreign correspondents in China.

China is refusing to renew a visa for New York Times reporter Austin Ramzy, the second Times reporter in 13 months to be forced out of the country.

It follows what the paper says is "the latest sign of official displeasure" with their 2012 report on the vast wealth of then-premier Wen Jiabao's family.

Is the visa holdup payback for critical coverage of China's political elite?

"It will certainly feed suspicion that it's retribution for the content of their coverage," says Peter Ford, President of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China and Beijing Bureau Chief for the Christian Science Monitor.

For more on the various ways China is putting the pressure on foreign correspondents, watch the video report above.

January 21st, 2014
07:59 AM ET

Sachs on China’s sustainable development

With our planet under pressure from human activity and ecological constraints, noted author and economist Jeffrey Sachs says we have entered - by necessity - "The Age of Sustainable Development."

"We can't just focus on economics alone," says Sachs. "We need to focus on economics, social inclusion... and on environmental sustainability."

Sachs recognizes China's success in ending extreme poverty over the last three decades. And he commends the country for bringing big investment to Africa.

But China has a huge challenge ahead if it wishes to develop sustainably.

"It's done great on economics but on the environment? This is the next challenge," he says.

"China is a coal-based economy and coal is a huge problem for air pollution and carbon dioxide that changes the climate."

Because in the end, prosperity alone isn't enough for the people of China.

"They want happiness and well-being, and that means you can breathe the air and know you have the chance if you are poor that your child can get ahead," says Sachs.

Click on the video above to hear more about the balance that China and the world must strike to achieve sustainable development in the 21st century.

December 13th, 2013
08:05 AM ET

Cutting through China's haze

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy touched down in Hong Kong Thursday, only to be met by a thick layer of smog that has been choking the city.

McCarthy tells me 50% of Hong Kong’s haze stems from maritime pollution.

Her stop in Hong Kong comes after visits to both Shanghai and Beijing to discuss U.S.-China cooperation on air quality and other environmental issues.

Click on to hear the EPA Administrator cut through the haze of China's pollution crisis - addressing everything from air monitoring to emission standards... and why managing pollution in China is in the interest of the United States.

June 14th, 2013
09:15 AM ET

Support for Snowden in Hong Kong

The rally to support NSA leaker Edward Snowden is scheduled for this weekend in Hong Kong.

And Hong Kong legislator Albert Ho will be there. On News Stream, he tells me why the Snowden case matters to the people of Hong Kong:

"Our right to privacy may have been systematically violated by the NSA. We are entitled to seek the truth."

The rally is set for Saturday, June 15 at 3pm in Hong Kong. Organizers plan to march to the U.S. Consulate.

May 3rd, 2013
05:17 PM ET

The hard sell for Huawei smartphones

At company headquarters in Shenzhen, I talked to Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group – the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor.

Huawei says its market priority is China, followed by Europe and Japan. But - when it comes to smartphones - it’s not ruling out the U.S. market despite security concerns and the recent back and forth about Huawei’s commitment there.

"Gradually, step by step, more and more people will trust Huawei," says Yu. "I think with a brand, the most important thing is trust."

He hopes to build that trust with products like the $500 Ascend P2 which is billed as the “world’s fastest 4G LTE smartphone.”

Watch the video above to see a walk-through of Huawei's flagship smartphones and to hear Yu's sales pitch to Huawei-wary American consumers.

March 21st, 2013
01:30 PM ET

"Rules of the road" for U.S.-China cyberspies

Cyber espionage was on the agenda in Beijing this week as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

Hacking also came up when Lew met China's new president Xi Jinping on Tuesday.

But how big is the threat? Why is China engaging in hack attacks directed at the US? And, as hacking is allegedly happening by both the US and China, how bad is it going to get?

For insight into U.S.-China cyberwarfare, I talked to Christopher Johnson, a senior adviser at the U.S.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.

He points out that not all the attacks from China are state-sponsored, as there are so-called patriotic hackers and industrial cyber-spies at work as well.

As for any meaningful dialogue between the US and China to set up rules to regulate cyber-warfare, Johnson is optimistic.

"What we're looking for between the two sides in these negotations is a genaral set of rules on the road," he says.

"For example, things like critical infrastructure are red lines for both sides and therefore off the table."

So go ahead and try to hack into my network - just don't hack the hospital.

March 14th, 2013
01:47 PM ET

Pressing issues for President Xi

You can officially call him "Mister President" now.

Xi Jinping has taken the title from Hu Jintao, completing the country's leadership transition. It comes four months after Xi became General Secretary of the Communist Party.

Political commentator and columnist Frank Ching says, "I think Xi Jinping knows that the main problems of China are domestic. When he first became the party leader back in November, he came out and met the international press. He gave a speech and said not a word about foreign policy. It was all domestic. So I think that's where the emphasis is going to be."

The question is where to start.

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January 14th, 2013
02:18 PM ET

Off-the-charts pollution in China

China's capital has adopted emergency response measures to deal with record smog.

People in Beijing say the air tastes like coal dust and car fumes.

According to state media, the city will remain covered in gray until Wednesday, when the wind will sweep in to the rescue and blow the smog away.

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November 15th, 2012
02:40 PM ET

China's "effective second fiddle?"

China just had its own November of change.

Earlier Thursday in Beijing, an elite group of seven men were named to the Politburo Standing Committee - the top decision-making body of the Chinese Communist Party.

A lot has been reported already on Xi Jinping, the new General-Secretary of the Party and the presumed next President of China. But what about Li Keqiang, the man destined to be China's next Prime Minister?

Today on News Stream, I spoke to Victor Gao - a former top official in the Chinese Foreign Ministry (and English interpreter for the late Deng Xiaoping) about Li and the prospects for reform in China. Gao said the leader has some powerful patrons but must learn to be an "effective second fiddle" to Xi Jinping. As for change, the Standing Committee as a group must come up with solutions for new problems.

Achieving both stability and solutions in an ever-dynamic and demanding China. It will be delicate dance for China's new leadership.

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