President Obama started his trip through Asia this week in China. He and Chinese President Xi Jinping came together to discuss a host of issues, including an agreement to reduce carbon emissions. We'll discuss the two countries' goals with Asia Society's Orville Schell.
Tensions are increasing in the South China Sea. China is building islands there and the U.S. is establishing a larger military presence in the Philippines. Journalist Howard French's joins us to discuss what's happening.
Pro-democracy activists took to the streets in Hong Kong after Chinese officials announced a plan to pre-screen candidates for Hong Kong's next chief executive. Author Wen Huang joins us to tell us why he thinks it's a sign that democracy is eroding in Hong Kong.
The American Association of University Professors is calling for universities to reconsider their Confucius Institutes. We'll talk to a University of Chicago professor whose article criticizing the institutes has helped fuel the debate.
Voters in Hong Kong turned out in the hundreds of thousands to vote in an unofficial referendum demanding democracy, in response to a document from the Chinese government saying Hong Kong does not have full autonomy. We'll discuss the implications of the call for greeter freedom.
Iraqi musicians have been the target of attacks by extremists who have bombed music shops and forced many concert halls to close, but they have continued to play.On this week's Global Notes we'll listen to Iraqi folk and pop.