China has new leaders. "The Chinese Dream," says China's new president, Xi Jinping, is "the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation." China is an economic superpower: the largest population on earth is undergoing the greatest transformation in history and competing in every arena of human endeavor. China's growing strengths have global import.
But China is beset with problems: economic dislocations, dangerous disparities between rich and poor, inadequate and imbalanced social services, epidemic pollution, endemic corruption, tensions over political reform and civil society, uncertainties of beliefs and values, and more.
Host Robert Lawrence Kuhn, who knows China's leaders personally and wrote the book "How China's Leaders Think," takes us inside China through five one hour episodes that reveal the critical issues that China’s new leaders face.
China's Challenges is co-produced by Shanghai Media Group (ICS) and The Kuhn Foundation. Created, written and hosted by Robert Lawrence Kuhn. Series director is Peter Getzels. Shanghai Media Group (ICS): Executive Producers Wang Jianjun, Sun Wei and Robert Lawrence Kuhn, Producers Wang Lijun and Zhu Xiaoqian and Associate Producer Chen Bing.
China's Challenges is produced in association with presenting station, PBS SoCaL. For PBS SoCaL, President and CEO: Mel Rogers. Station Manager: Ed Miskevich. Executive Producer: Brenda Brkusic.
- Episode 1: Are the Chinese People Happy?
While President Xi Jinping talks about "The Chinese Dream," the Chinese people talk about healthcare, education, housing, retirement.
- Episode 2: Where is China’s Economy Going?
While China is an economic superpower, its cheap-labor advantage is ending; its air and water are polluted; and its society is fractured by rich and poor.
- Episode 3: Are the Chinese People 'Real' Citizens?
The Chinese people today enjoy much higher standards of living. But how to make government accountable? How to curtail corruption? How to give citizens human rights?
- Episode 4: China Can Produce. Can China Create?
China seeks to be a "moderately well-off society." What new technologies is China developing? China must stress innovation and protect intellectual property rights.
- Episode 5: What do the Chinese People Believe?
What values are shaping today's China? Confucian ethics? Selfless Communism? Market economy individual initiative? What about sex and religion?
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