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

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China’s New Organ Transplant System

We investigate organ transplantation in China, including the former practice of using organs from executed prisoners and the new system of a community-based organ transplantation system that is fair, equitable and transparent Featuring the president of the China Organ Transplant Development Foundation and former Vice Minister of Health, Dr Huang Jiefu

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Climate Change – COP21: China’s Vision, President Xi Commitment (with Xie Zhenhua)

China is still a developing country, yet it is setting aggressive targets to reduce greenhouse gases But how meaningful? How reliable? What is China’s motivation? President Xi Jinping at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris Featuring China’s special envoy and lead negotiator on climate change, Xie Zhenhua

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President Xi Jinping at the Summit on China-Africa Cooperation

Why does China attach so much importance to relations with Africa? For decades, Africa has been a prime focus of China’s international strategy, so why has the world woken up only recently? What is China doing in Africa? What kinds of commercial activities? Natural resources? Infrastructure? Why are some western countries concerned? What are the political implications?

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Xi Jinping at the UN – Poverty Reduction & South-South Cooperation

In September 2015, President Xi Jinping addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time He stressed “common and sustainable development and being cooperative with win-win partnership” – and he backed up his foreign policy philosophy with unprecedented commitments Why the dramatic increase in China’s commitment to the UN? Why now? What challenges or even dangers might China face?

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The 13th Five-Year Plan and a Moderately Prosperous Society

Where is China going? We now have a roadmap The 13th Five-Year Plan gives national guidelines for China’s development from 2016 to 2020 and addresses critical problems – slowing economy; overcapacity; outdated low-end manufacturing; stagnant labor force; unequal society; heavy pollution What are the big ideas? What are the key policies? We sit down with experts who helped prepare the 13th Five-Year Plan

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The Xi-Ma Meeting- History in the Making

On November 7, 2015, Xi Jinping and Ma-Ying-jeou met formally in Singapore It was the first meeting between leaders from the two sides of the Taiwan straits since 1949 What’s the meaning of this historic meeting, which both sides recognized as a breakthrough? What’s the driving motivation for each side? How do they differ? Why now? We analyze the Xi-Ma meeting

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President Xi Jinping State Visit to the United Kingdom

Although President Xi has been extremely active in visiting many foreign countries, his state visit to the UK does seem to be something special The UK unabashedly seeks to be “China’s best partner in the West” – which President Xi called “a visionary and strategic choice” For the UK, economy and trade are the overwhelming drivers

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The Future of China’s Economy

What is in store for the Chinese Economy? What are the long-term goals and mid-term objectives? What are the challenges?

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Organ Donation in China I

Organ transplants save countless lives- but in addition to the technical challenges, there are social and moral issues All over the world, these issues are similar: Because demand for organs far exceeds their supply, waiting lists are very long – so who gets priority? What is the source of the organs? How are organs donated? And what happens when a black market develops? But in China, there has been another issue Because organ donation has seemed to be inconsistent with traditional Chinese culture, organs have been sourced from executed prisonersThis unethical practice, seen as a necessity to save lives, has caused great controversy and elicited great criticism

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Rule of Law and Judicial Reforms

An all-out anti-corruption campaign is sweeping China, claiming several former senior officials These stunning developments come as a result of President Xi Jinping setting ‘Rule of Law’ as one of his key reforms for China What’s the difference between ‘Rule of Man’ or ‘Rule of Power’ and ‘Rule of Law’? How does Rule of Law work in China today, and how does President Xi seek to improve it?  What’s the relationship between the power of the party and the preeminence of the law?

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CPC Special 3: The CPC’s Governance Philosophy

Closer To China’s five-part series on the Communist Party of China, the CPC In Part 3, we focus on the philosophical and ideological foundations of the CPC in its leadership and operations

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