China: Secrets, Selection, Innovation, and Change

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A series of videos that discus China's dirty secrets (pollution), unnatural selection (one child policy), innovation (intellectual piracy), race for gold (Olympic success), and whispers of change (reformation).

China's juggernaut economy is the envy of the world, but at what cost to the country's people and environment?

China is facing an array of social dilemmas including a widening gender imbalance, decreasing fertility rate and an ageing population. At the root is its controversial one-child policy, which China is now considering loosening up on.

China is cultivating a new wave of visionaries in a bid to revive its slowing economic growth. But it also faces allegations of unfair trade practices and intellectual piracy by some of its major trading partners in the US and Europe.

China is home to some of the world's best athletes. At the Beijing Olympics, the country topped the medals table, winning 100 medals in 25 sports, including 51 golds. In London 2012, it became clear that China's state-backed sports system is slowly being overhauled. What does China sacrifice in its relentless pursuit of gold?

Will China stick to the status quo, or will it reform in a planned methodical manner or in a flurry of protests from a disgruntled populace?

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