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The Great Wager - U.S.-China Ties from Nixon to Now
Veteran journalists Jane Perlez and Scott Tong talked about their new radio series and their own experiences on reporting from China for The New York Times and Marketplace Radio. The series is being broadcast by NPR and WBUR and will be available for download.
About the Series
With money, power and political standing at stake, America’s relationship with China is tenuous. But it wasn’t always that way. The Great Wager is a five-part series that tells the story of the extraordinary encounter that brought these two countries together, the secret collaborations born from that meeting — and the reverberations we’re still feeling today.
Video is also avilable on our YouTube channel.
About the Reporters
Jane Perlez is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, fellow at the Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and most recently the China bureau chief for The New York Times.
Scott Tong is now co-host of the NPR/WBUR Here & Now program. Before that, he was a senior correspondent at Marketplace. He was Marketplace’s China bureau chief, based in Shanghai, 2006 until 2010. He shared his book, A Village with My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World at USCI in 2017 (interview | presentation).
A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.