Today on ZDFinfo: “China vs. USA – Clash of superpowers”

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Relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States are at an all-time low – the world’s two largest economic powers are on a collision course. The conflict is today a topic at ZDFinfo.

The four-part series “China vs. USA – Clash of the Superpowers” ​​describes the origins of the conflict and what fuels it today – to be seen today from 8:15 pm to 11:05 pm on ZDFinfo. The films by Pearl Forss are also available in the ZDF media library to disposal. Until October 18, ZDFinfo will also be offering a thematic focus with numerous documentaries about China’s past and present. At 7 pm, “China’s unstoppable rise – The world of Xi Jinping” will kick off today’s themed evening.

“Asia’s rise, America’s decline” is the title of the opening episode of the series “China vs. USA – Clash of Superpowers”. Joining the World Trade Organization (WHO) in 2001 gave China access to the world market and enabled the country to become a competitor to the USA. The economic boom meant the end of poverty for millions of Chinese and made the country the second largest economic power in the world. US companies outsourced the manufacture of their products to the low-wage country on the other side of the Pacific, while Chinese exports flooded the world market. The result: de-industrialization and job losses in the USA.

China vs. USA – clash of superpowers

Episode 2 focuses on “The Victims of the Trade War” from 9 p.m. Washington’s protective tariff policy hit Chinese corporations, but also its own farmers. China developed a dual model to cushion the consequences of the US measures. Increased domestic consumption and the development of the Asian markets should close the gaps. Even under the government of US President Joe Biden, there have been no signs of easing in the trade war between China and the USA.

The “battle of the tech giants” is illustrated by episode 3 from 9:40 pm on ZDFinfo. Communication systems and artificial intelligence are particularly competitive. The mutual relationship is characterized by mistrust and misunderstandings. Chinese students and scientists in the US are also being monitored as potential industrial spies. China is investing trillions of dollars in its communications infrastructure. Shenzhen, across from Hong Kong, has become the new Silicon Valley. Despite the political risks, many US software start-ups are drawn to China.

“Struggle for supremacy” is the title of episode 4, which follows at 10:25 pm: The states of Southeast Asia find themselves in a quandary between the lure of the Chinese economy and the US security umbrella. A region at the heart of a growing conflict.

Source: ZDF

If you are interested, read the DIGITAL TELEVISION article from September: “10 Years of ZDFinfo:“ Politics, History and Knowledge 24/7 ”.


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