Video episodes of “Closer To China with R.L.Kuhn” – broadcast on CGTN

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The Thucydides Trap: Are the US and China destined for war?

Are the US and China destined for war? Controversial concern from political scientist Graham Allison, who draws on historical parallels to describe what happens when an ascending power meets an established power Can lessons of the past apply to China-US relations today? What are potential flashpoints? How to handle “core interests”? How to de-escalate crises? How to build trust?

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The PLA at 90: Reform and Expansion

As the People’s Liberation Army celebrates its 90th anniversary on August 1, it is establishing its first overseas base in Djibouti, situated at the Horn of Africa What signal is China sending? What’s the PLA’s grand plan for operating overseas? How many aircraft carriers does China need? More significantly, what’s the meaning of the PLA modernization and restructuring? What, really, is going on? CGTN’s Closer to China answers these questions

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G20 and China: A New Kind of Global Governance

The theme of this year’s G20 summit revolves around an interconnected world, and on this episode of “Closer to China”, we focus on the country’s growing role in global governance How did China transform from a country suspicious of globalization to a champion of globalization? How can China contribute and what responsibilities will it bear?

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Hong Kong 20 Years: Is ‘One Country, Two Systems’ Changing?

20 years ago, when Hong Kong returned to China, there were doomsayers Yet Hong Kong flourished, with its way of life preserved and its economic growth dynamic, facilitating China’s great development But times change With China’s continuing opening-up, there is growing unease in Hong Kong for its role in China’s economic development What economic, social, and political challenges Hong Kong’s to take? Is “One Country, Two Systems” under threat?

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China’s sci-tech innovation through international cooperation

How to evaluate China’s science and technology sector, especially its innovation capacity? How does China compare to other countries? China’s deep commitment to science and technology — and to “indigenous innovation” — requires global collaboration For example, how does China’s “Comprehensive Innovative Partnership” with Israel work? Israel’s prime minister explains And what challenges and obstacles does China face in its collaboration strategy?

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Assessment and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation recently made history in Beijing Chinese President Xi Jinping has labeled the Belt and Road Initiative as the “project of the century”, with a goal to transform the developing world’s economy Yet there are concerns, as the strategic plan’s implementation is expected to be challenging CGTN program “Closer to China” takes a look at China’s commitment, whether these commitments can be sustained and how the world will benefit

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The Belt and Road Initiative: Vision and Mission

The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, with delegates from over a hundred nations and 29 heads of state and government in attendance, marks a symbolic transition in President Xi Jinping’s grand vision for a new era of win-win globalization Challenges and unforeseen events, such as political instability, financial problems, cultural misunderstandings, could be all too real Moreover, some have raised suspicions about China’s motives Does Beijing have a “hidden agenda”? We hear from experts from Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt as well as China

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What is Supply Side Structural Reform?

Get used to “Supply-Side Structural Reform” (SSSR)! It is a significant change, or “correction”, that China is making to its economy and we’ll be hearing about it for years So what is SSSR? Why now? Who’s promoting it? Who’s resisting it? What are its obstacles? Moreover, how can China implement SSSR while, simultaneously, maintaining an acceptable GDP growth-rate? It might sound like dry economics but it could change all our lives for years to come

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Industrial Transformation via Scientific Strength

China’s continued economic development will be partly driven by its scientific community Can scientific research further boost economic development in China? The country has been one of the hotbeds for innovation and Chinese people are determined to make the country more competitive Here is what it will take

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Presidents Xi and Trump: Their First Summit

Xi wants “The great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” For Trump, it’s “Make America Great Again” These trains can run parallel or into each other Plenty of friction remains between the two nations, most pronounced these days being trade and the DPRK’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles Trump is determined to effect change Xi seeks stability and mutual development The challenge is to find common ground in pursuit of a mutually beneficial relationship No one expects miracles

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Chinese and U.S. Experts Debate Korean Tensions

President Trump has warned that the DPRK will not be allowed intercontinental missiles, while China has been equally forthright in warning the US and South Korea not to deploy the THAAD anti-missile system Chinese and US experts present their contrasting perspectives honestly and starkly What is the way forward in this armament crisis when the choices seem to be between bad and worse?

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2017 Two Sessions: How the NPC Works – The Case of Civil Law

China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) is the country’s supreme legislative body At the annual convention this year, national lawmakers deliberated draft provisions of civil law, which will lead toward a comprehensive civil code that has long been absent in China

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2017 Two Sessions: How the CPPCC affects China’s governance

It is the high season of China’s annual politics — the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body, and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, China’s top advisory body China watchers scrutinize them Any surprises? New policies? Incremental change is usually the order Sometimes we find sharper breaks with past practices Can we spot signals? What’s “in the air”?

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How Chinese Media Affects Foreign Affairs

Today the media makes the news, not just reports it How does this worldwide trend relate to China? How does China view the international media affecting world opinion about China? Can the Chinese media affect the Chinese government, including its foreign policy? How much media diversity is optimum for China? We explore the fascinating case of the Global Times

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Trump’s Inauguration: Whither China-US Relations?

Trump’s pronouncements about China have been literally startling, from accusations of economic cheating and militaristic adventurism to questioning the sacrosanct “one-China” policy Campaign rhetoric bashing China is nothing new, but then after the inauguration it has always been back to “business as usual” This time, many fear, will be different We explore the issue and get the problems on the table

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State-owned Enterprise (SOE) Reform: Challenges & Conundrums

In this episode of Closer to China, three questions about state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are up for discussion First, what’s the optimal role of SOEs in China’s “Socialist Market Economy”? Second, what’s the optimal relationship between SOEs and private companies in different industries? Third, what’s the optimal structure of SOE management and governance, including state controls? Everyone agrees there is a need for SOE reform, but what kind of reform, and how fast?

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The Belt and Road Initiative II: What the Politburo Heard

It has been over three years since President Xi Jinping announced the Belt and Road initiative – China’s grand strategy of mutual economic development involving more than 60 countries In 2016, the entire Politburo attended a lecture on the ancient Silk Road, linking past and present No other country so roots a contemporary policy in its history

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The Belt and Road Initiative I: How Projects Work

The Belt and Road initiative has progressed from theory to practice It provides developing countries with what they need most — infrastructure: roads, railways, ports, airports, power plants, oil and gas pipelines and refineries, and Free Trade Zones, along with IT, telecom and financial services But how do Belt and Road projects actually work? What are the processes, challenges, criticisms, and risks?

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How to Assess China’s Debt

China’s debt has been rapidly increasing What is its total size and what are the components? Why is there discrepancy between official statistics and expert estimates? Why are there divergent opinions among economists about how serious, or even how dangerous, China’s debt has become? What about local government debt? And the big worry: Corporate debt? We tackle these questions with top economists to find out whether China’s debt risk is manageable

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The Chinese Dream on its Fourth Anniversary

In late 2012, soon after taking office as China’s leader, President Xi Jinping put forth his grand vision for China He called it “The Chinese Dream” – the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation What has happened over the past four years? How has fulfilling the dream progressed? What are the challenges or obstacles? To reflect, we go to Pudong, Shanghai

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Five Major Development Concepts V: Shared Development

Sharing requires society to take responsibility for its poorest and most vulnerable members This is why healthcare in northwestern China’s Qinghai Province, where social disparities have been reduced by providing comprehensive medical services, is a microcosm for “Shared Development” in China The notion is the fifth and final of the Five Major Development Concepts, not because it is the least important, but rather because the four other concepts must come first The end goal is to build a “moderately prosperous society” and realize the Chinese Dream

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Testing Hong Kong’s Basic Law

China’s National People’s Congress interpreted Article 104 of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong SAR by clarifying the legal requirements for those taking public office, and the legal consequences for those violating the swearing-in oath We discuss what is the legal status of the Basic Law, whether Hong Kong maintains its judiciary independence and how to understand “One Country, Two Systems”

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What China thinks of President-elect Donald Trump

The unexpected election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States has stunned the media and foreign governments This makes us focus on China-US relations: what are the opportunities and threats, and why do many Chinese people support him? Will Trump’s pragmatism lead to a constructive engagement with China? We discuss

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Sixth Plenum of 18th CPC Central Committee: Party Norms, Supervision, Discipline

The sixth plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, held in Beijing, was a milestone, establishing the Party’s new norms of political life and setting new regulations for supervision and discipline Significantly, CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping was designated as the “core” leader We find out why in this episode

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