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China: A Common Thread in Conversations About Policy, Economy, Environment

This hour, we hear three stories that all converge around the topic of China. 

Our first story is very much about the policy that defined China’s attempt to limit its population and spur its economic growth: the so-called “one child” policy that has just recently been changed. What impact will this change have on the world?

Our second story takes us to Nicaragua, where a Chinese plan to build a new shipping canal holds economic promise for the Central American country -- but could also contain environmental peril. An American activist tells her story.

Finally, an Iranian businessman recently came to Hartford to tell his story of working with China to fully bring the country into the world economy. We hear his perspective as someone committed to changing perceptions about both China, and his home country.


  • Xiangming Chen - Dean and Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity College
  • Ren Yuan - Professor of Demography and Urban Studies at Fudan University in China
  • Katherine Hoyt - National co-coordinator of the Alliance for Global Justice and its Nicaragua Network program
  • Dr. Farzam Kamalabadi - Founder and Chairman of Future Trends International in China

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Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

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