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Tuesday, 8 November, 2005

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Kirsty Wark's biography


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As it gets dark in London, the capital's landmarks will be bathed in a red glow to mark the President of China's state visit. But which image does it conjure up - thousands of deaths in detention camps, or the rising sun of a new imperial future, or perhaps the blazing sunset of Western economic dominance? We'll be discussing all this tonight with the help of the Chinese entrepreneur, David Tang, one of Hong Kong's best known public figures who used to teach philosophy at Beijing University, the Tiananmen Square dissident Lui Hongbin, and Kate Allen from Amnesty International. Can you embrace capitalism without political change? We had 20 questions for President Jintao but he declined our invitation - we'll share them with you.


From Paris where last night 1000 more vehicles were torched, we report on how public opinion is moving in France as a result of the riots. The French Prime Minister Dominic de Villepin, while announcing security measures, talked about the need to change behaviour towards young people in the poor suburbs. But how do you engender a sense of belonging?


While the Government grapples with a backbench revolt over its new terror laws, Australia has arrested 17 people in anti-terrorist raids - some of them under new tougher laws designed to counter the terrorist threat. Police officers told a Melbourne court that one of the suspects wanted to carry out attacks to avenge the war in Iraq. Police also say they expect more arrests in the coming days. Mark Urban will be interpreting the importance of the arrests while here Michael Crick has been assessing the chances of the government managing to squeeze their anti-terror 90 day rule through parliament tomorrow. He'll have the very latest tally.


They say that computer years are like dog years, and so for every year of a human lifespan, the computer industry grows older by seven. So here's a question: What happens when you write a book, take a picture, put it on your computer disk and then lock it away in a drawer for 20 years? Answer: The computer you need to play it can only be found in a museum -if you're lucky. We meet the victims of the digital time warp.

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