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    Understanding China: Does Xi Jinping's Speech Signify a New Era?

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    On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek are joined by David Ewing of the US-China People’s Friendship Association; by political analyst Ajit Singh; and by Patrick Lawrence, the author of Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century.

    In our first hour we take an in-depth look at Xi Jinping's big speech at the opening of the Chinese Communist Party's Congress. The address, an event which happens once every five years, lays out his vision for the future of China at home and abroad. Will China be able to break apart the US-dominated world order? Can the country manage growing inequality as it seeks to continue its rapid growth?

    The massive, classified CIA torture report produced during the Obama administration is back in the news, this time because of a controversy over a copy of the report the CIA claimed it had destroyed, but has now been found. Jeremy Varon of Witness Against Torture joins the show, and Loud & Clear co-host John Kiriakou returns to take part in the discussion.

    Huge demonstrations are once again taking place across Catalonia, this time in outrage over the arrest of top pro-independence leaders as the Spanish central government threatens to dissolve the Catalan regional government. John Wight, host of Radio Sputnik's Hard Facts, discusses these developments.

    A new report claims that during Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State a major nuclear deal involving a Russian firm was approved despite evidence of corruption. Dan Kovalik, human rights and labor lawyer, joins the show.

    Ousted Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is in court seeking to have her impeachment overturned after evidence emerged that her opponents engaged in vote buying. Journalist Victor Fraga discusses whether Rousseff could once again be President, and Michel Temer could be ousted.

    We'd love to get your feedback at radio@sputniknews.com

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