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Financial Times: The Ghost at China's Third Plenum: Demographics

by David Pilling
"It is hard to overstate how fast China is ageing. Life expectancy has more than doubled from 35 in 1949 to 75 today, a miraculous achievement. Meanwhile, the fertility rate has plummeted to 1.5 or lower, far below the 2.1 needed to keep a population stable. Cai Fang, a demographer at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, says the country will have moved from labour surplus to labour shortage at the fastest pace in history."
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Illicit Fishing and Human Trafficking

by Mark P. Lagon
In his testimony before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Mark P. Lagon argues that illicit fishing worldwide is rife with criminal activities, such as human and drug trafficking. He calls for a strong response from the United States in order to lessen its impact on disadvantaged and vulnerable people, global commerce, and the environment.
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Do No Harm: The Global Health Challenge

with Laurie Garrett, Gideon Rose
A discussion of Garrett’s newest Foreign Affairs article:A flood of public and private money has started to flow to the developing world, funding a vast array of efforts to combat AIDS, TB, malaria, and other killer diseases. Unfortunately, writes Garrett, much of that “is leaking away without result,” doing little to improve basic public health on the ground.
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America at 300 Million [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service]

with Joseph Chamie, Robert A. Suro, Michael S. Teitelbaum, Garrick Utley
On October 17, 2006, the U.S. population officially reached 300 million. Three experts discuss the implications of this milestone, which—coupled with significant demographic changes—raises a host of social, political, and economic questions for the United States.