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CGTN America 24 Jul 2020

The Heat: China's historic mission to Mars

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A Chinese spacecraft is on its way to explore Mars.

The goal is to observe the planet's atmosphere and surface, searching for signs of water and ice. China's largest rocket, the Long March 5, blasted off on Thursday from the southern island of Hainan. It's going to be a long journey, but not exactly a lonely one. Last Sunday, the United Arab Emirates launched a space probe becoming the first Arab country to send a mission to Mars. And next week, the United States will launch its Perseverance rover.  All three spacecraft are expected to reach Mars next February. China is the first country to send an orbiter, a lander and a rover in a single mission. And is there a chance that China and US rovers will cross paths on the planet.

To discuss:

Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the City College and City University of New York.
Yang Yuguang is a professor from China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation.
John Zarrella is a journalist covering the US space program.
Stephen Clark is a journalist for Spaceflight Now.


China has made extraordinary progress in battling COVID-19 since the first major outbreak in Wuhan earlier this year.

While the disease is largely contained in China, the country is now responding to a minor outbreak in the city of Qingdao in east China's Shandong Province. About nine million residents are being tested after a small number of positive cases were linked to a local hospital.

Meanwhile there's good news for China's economy with new figures from the IMF projecting growth for 2020.

To discuss:

Einar Tangen is a political and economic affairs commentator.
Peter Chin-Hong is a professor of medicine and infectious disease.
Dr. Richard Cheng is a doctor who has treated COVID-19 patients in Shanghai.
Yan Liang is a Professor of Economics at Willamette University.
China's economy is surging ahead. We will take a look at the numbers and how China's experience can drive the world's recovery. For more, tonight's panel includes Einar Tangen, current affairs commentator; John Gong, a professor of economics at the University of International Business and Economics; Dan McClory, Managing Director and Head of China for Boustead Securities and William Lee, Chief Economist at The Milken Institute.
Six months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, China's economy is showing signs of recovery.

Exports rose more than 9% in August compared with last year, and despite tariffs imposed by the Trump administration, exports to the U.S. increased by 27%. China also saw trade growth with the European Union, Japan and some Southeast Asia nations.  This week, Beijing welcomed more than two-thousand domestic and foreign companies to showcase their latest projects and services at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade and Services. During the conference, President Xi Jinping pledged China would continue to open up its market and promote global trade.

Joining the panel:

Einar Tangen is a political and economic affairs commentator.
Yan Liang is an associate professor of Economics at Willamette University.
Thomas Hayes is the chairman and managing member of Great Hill Capital.
Jeff Moon is an international trade and government affairs consultant.
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