The Heat

October 27, 2023

The Heat: China-U.S. Relations

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is on a three-day visit to the United States. He is holding talks with his counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Wang Yi also met with President Biden at the White House on Friday. The foreign minister is promoting […]

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October 26, 2023

The Heat: China-Colombia Ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed Colombian President Gustavo Francisco Petro for a state visit in Beijing.   China has invested heavily in Colombia with infrastructure projects and mining operations and was the first country to send vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two developing countries signed […]

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October 26, 2023

The Heat: U.S. Politics

Mike Johnson has been elected the 56th speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. House Republicans have been in a stalemate for weeks over who would become the next speaker.  How will this impact the Democrats and a Congress trying to pass legislation? Joining the […]

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October 24, 2023

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

Close to 6,000 people reportedly have died in Gaza after two weeks of conflict between Israel and Hamas as the humanitarian situation is getting more dire.  It was described as the bloodiest night. More than 700 people were killed over a 24-hour period beginning Monday, […]

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October 23, 2023

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

Israel has launched hundreds of airstrikes into Gaza and is preparing for a massive ground operation. The Israeli government is vowing to eradicate the militant group Hamas, after more than 1,400 people were killed in an attack on October 7th. The Palestinian Health authority says […]

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October 20, 2023

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

Death and destruction continues in Gaza. Residents are now in desperate need of food, water and medical supplies as the humanitarian crisis worsens.  Meanwhile, trucks of UN aid are still waiting to enter at the Egypt-Gaza border crossing but an agreement has not been reached […]

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October 19, 2023

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

The situation in Gaza is deteriorating by the minute as aid waits to enter through the border with Egypt. It might become even more serious as Israel is preparing for a ground assault. The Commissioner of the UN Relief and Works Agency said Gaza is […]

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October 18, 2023

The Heat: Belt and Road Forum

Chinese President Xi Jinping shared his vision for global modernization at the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.   Over the last ten years, China’s Belt and Road Initiative has brought high-quality infrastructure to Africa, Asia and Latin America and parts […]

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October 17, 2023

The Heat: Belt and Road Forum

The third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation is underway in China. World leaders are gathered in Beijing for what’s being called China’s “most important diplomatic event” of the year. Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed his global guests, voicing enthusiasm for another ‘golden decade’ […]

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October 16, 2023

The Heat: Belt and Road Initiative

Representatives from more than 140 countries and 30 international organizations are participating in the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation this week in Beijing. From infrastructure to green development, China’s project to connect the world has generated nearly $1 trillion in investment, established […]

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October 13, 2023

The Heat: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Israel is conducting localized raids and bombings in Gaza, but there is expectation of a bigger invasion. More than a million Palestinians in North Gaza were given 24-hours’ notice to move south, something the UN has called “impossible.”  Joining the discussion:  Sara Yael Hirschhorn is […]

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October 12, 2023

The Heat: Do minorities lack trust in American media?

Nearly two-thirds of Black Americans say news coverage of Black people is more negative than it is for other ethnicities, according to the Pew Research Center.  In a study conducted earlier this year, a majority of nearly 5,000 Black people surveyed were critical of the […]

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October 11, 2023

The Heat: U.S. Politics

U.S. Republicans nominated Steve Scalise to be the next House speaker following the ouster of Kevin McCarthy last week. Now, Scalise needs to get enough votes to win the gavel.  Meanwhile, Washington is dealing with a looming budget crisis, a record flow of migrants at […]

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October 10, 2023

The Heat: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Days after Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel killing hundreds of Israelis, the crisis continues to escalate. Israel is pounding Gaza with airstrikes and hundreds of Palestinian civilians have been killed.  Israel has announced a total blockade of the Gaza Strip and it has […]

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October 5, 2023

The Heat: Migration Crisis

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and top Biden administration officials met with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.  The surge in migration and drug trade were among the high-level talks in Mexico City. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents processed more than 181,000 migrants […]

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October 4, 2023

The Heat: U.S. Political Turmoil

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has been ousted from his role in a historic vote on Tuesday, marking the first time a speaker has ever been voted out.  Lawmakers will reconvene next week to elect a new speaker. Could it bring congressional work to a […]

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October 3, 2023

The Heat: Belt and Road in Africa

China is marking the 10th anniversary of its massive Belt and Road Initiative. In the past decade, African countries have seen transformative changes to their economies. For more on how BRI is impacting Africa, joining us: Ebrahim Rasool is a former South African Ambassador to […]

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October 2, 2023

The Heat: Trump Fraud Trial

Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial began in New York on Monday. He is being accused of generating more than $100 million by lying about his real estate empire.  Meanwhile, Washington averted a government shutdown. Congress passed a bill to temporarily fund the […]

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September 29, 2023

The Heat: Nord Stream Investigation: One Year On

One year after the Nord Stream gas pipeline explosions in the Baltic Sea, it is still not known who was responsible for the attack. Denmark, Sweden and Germany are working to determine who sabotaged the pipelines.  For more on the ongoing investigation, joining us:  Klisman […]

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September 28, 2023

The Heat: U.S. Politics

The U.S. government is headed toward a shutdown on September 30th unless Congress reaches a deal on federal spending by then. Tensions erupted as House Republicans met behind closed doors on Thursday, the latest sign of deep divisions within their own party. Meanwhile, Republican candidates […]

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September 27, 2023

The Heat: Belt and Road in Latin America

As China marks the 10th anniversary of its massive Belt and Road Initiative, more and more countries across Latin America and the Caribbean have signed on to the BRI project.  What has been the economic impact on the region?   Joining the discussion: Jorge Heine is […]

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September 26, 2023

The Heat: India-Canada Tensions

Canada has claimed the Indian government killed a Sikh separatist leader in British Columbia this past June. New Delhi has denied the allegation, describing it as absurd. Both countries expelled diplomats in a tit-for-tat. India is no longer issuing visas to Canadians, citing lack of […]

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September 25, 2023

The Heat: UN General Assembly

Egypt is emerging as a major player in the Global South. We spoke to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and discussed Egypt’s role at the UN, its relationship with China, and much more. And what does an ever-growing refugee crisis mean for the world?  According […]

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September 21, 2023

The Heat: United Nations General Assembly

Chinese Vice President Han Zheng delivered a speech at this year’s United Nations General Assembly calling for a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian conflict. He also underlined the importance of working together towards development.   Joining the discussion:  Aaron Mate is the host of “Pushback with […]

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September 20, 2023

The Heat: One-on-One with Sierra Leone President

President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone is one of the many leaders from around the world to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York. We discussed some of the major issues and challenges facing Sierra Leone, and its relationship with China. We […]

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September 20, 2023

The Heat: UN General Assembly

World leaders gathered in New York for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2023. This year’s session comes amid ongoing geopolitical tensions, global economic challenges and dire warnings of looming environmental and human catastrophe. We discussed urgent concerns about our planet with David Cooper. He […]

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September 18, 2023

The Heat: United Nations Peacekeeping

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the UN Peacekeeping operations. Their mission: “To help countries torn by conflict to create the conditions for lasting peace.” What are the key challenges to managing peace? And what is China’s contribution? We spoke with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the […]

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September 14, 2023

The Heat: UN General Assembly

As world leaders prepare to gather in New York for the 78th meeting of the UN General Assembly, we take a look at China’s growing support of the world body.  

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September 13, 2023

The Heat: U.S. Politics

More political turmoil in Washington, D.C., as Republicans order an impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Biden.  

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September 8, 2023

The Heat: U.S. Politics

Former U.S. President Donald Trump might be barred from running again for the White House. We will explain the latest legal entanglement.

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September 4, 2023

The Heat: COVID-19 variants

COVID-19 is no longer a global health emergency, but the World Health Organization says it remains a global threat. We’ll discuss the new variants that have some doctors worried.

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September 1, 2023

The Heat: European Football

The European football leagues have started their new seasons. Over the summer, a number of European stars signed with the pro league in Saudi Arabia. How is all of this competition going to play out?

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August 25, 2023

The Heat: Trump arrested for the 4th time

History in the United States as former President Donald Trump is arrested for the fourth time. Plus, his Republican rivals take the debate stage for the first time in the race for the White House.

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August 21, 2023

The Heat: Maui Wildfires

Climate flashpoints. Record wildfires in Canada and Maui. And massive flooding from the first tropical storm to hit southern California in 84 years. What does it say about our planet?

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