CNN has its 'Eye On China' next month

MUMBAI: With China set to become the world's largest economy by mid-century, and with its international influence on the rise, CNN dedicates extensive resources to Eye On China. This will be a week of live and special feature programming from Beijing. From 14 to 22 May 2005, Eye On China will give CNN audiences a comprehensive look inside one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

The coverage will focus on China’s swiftly evolving role in global politics and business, and the impact of the country’s rapid modernization on its people and culture. In a rare, live broadcast from Beijing's historic Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, CNN’s celebrated senior journalist Jim Clancy hosts a roundtable discussion about China’s role in the world. CNN Connects: China Rising will feature a panel of distinguished speakers and a live studio audience of 120 people, including some of the chiefs of global business, heads of state, and leading thinkers gathered in Beijing for the Fortune Global Forum.

CNN Intl senior VP Rena Golden says, "CNN deepens its commitment to examining China’s movements on the world stage, its impact on Asia and neighboring countries. A team of award-winning journalists will travel from the US and Hong Kong to join Beijing-based correspondents for the week of Eye On China coverage, which aims to give our viewers a greater understanding of the many complex issues facing modern China."

CNN International will also be the only other TV news network, outside of Chinese national broadcaster CCTV, allowed to have cameras on location to broadcast, live, the President of the People’s Republic of China Hu Jintao’s opening keynote address at the Fortune Global Forum on 16 May at around 5 pm.

Throughout the week, CNN’s award-winning, prime-time morning news programme CNN Today will be hosted live from Beijing by Kristie Lu Stout and Hugh Riminton, who will interview some of the global opinion makers in Beijing for the Fortune Global Forum. Senior Asia Correspondent and long-time China expert Mike Chinoy and Beijing Correspondent Stan Grant will contribute in-depth reports addressing current developments in China's social, economic and political arenas.

Other signature programmes will include a one-hour documentary, Navigating the New China, two special editions of Talk Asia, as well as CNN Business Traveller from Shanghai.

Navigating The New China airs on 14 May at 3:30 pm on 15 May at 4:30 pm, 17 May at 10:30 am, and 3:30 pm and on 21 May at 5:30 pm. CNN’s Beijing Correspondent Stan Grant travels hundreds of miles across the world’s most rapidly shifting country from the mountains of Guizhou Province to the hothouse urban environment of coastal Guangdong. Along the way, Stan meets fascinating characters of all ages and from all walks of life, and hears their views about how China is changing and their apprehensions about being left behind in the country’s headlong rush into the 21st century.

The chat show Talk Asia catches up with Chinses filmmaker Zhang Yimou on 14 May at 8:30 am, 8 pm, and on 15 May at 4 pm and 8:30 pm. Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Judou, House of Flying Daggers, Hero) talks to the show's host Lorraine Hahn about a wide range of topics, ranging from his passion for movies, to the influence of his work on Hollywood and his future plans. Another episode of the show will feature Shanda Interactive Entertainment president Tang Jun. this airs on 21 May at 8:30 am with replays on 21 May at 8 pm, 22 May at 4 pm and at 8:30 pm.

Shanda Interactive Entertainment claims to be the leading operator of online games in China. Jun discusses his vision for the company, the challenges of starting and developing the business, Shanda's future plans, and his career.

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