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Troubles and Ambitions in China

Watch your rice, folks. That’s our takeaway from this week’s Sinica, which ruminates on troubles old and new in the Middle Kingdom. Up for discussion in particular are Chinese activities in Rwanda, dodgy rice, ongoing worker troubles at Apple subsidiaries in China, and two new search engines owned by the People’s Daily and Xinhua. Our panelists also discuss the surprise appearance of American Ambassador and Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman at an ephemeral political protest in downtown Beijing.

Joining Sinica this week is Gady Epstein, Beijing bureau chief for Forbes magazine and one of the best journalists covering contemporary China. We’re also privileged to have two more exceptional China watchers in our studio as well: Mary Kay Magistad of Public Radio International’s The World, and China expert Kathleen McLaughlin, who writes for the Global Post.