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BBC TwoNewsnight
Last Updated: Thursday, 20 April 2006, 15:52 GMT 16:52 UK
Thursday, 20 April, 2006
By Jasmin Buttar
Programme producer, BBC Newsnight

China's president Hu Jintao
China's president Hu Jintao
Presented by Kirsty Wark


What did the leader of the world's greatest superpower say to the leader of the world's next greatest superpower? We should find out while we're on air this evening.

Discussions between President Bush and China's President Hu are expected to focus on trade and Iran's nuclear programme - but the topics of Taiwan and China's human rights record may yet upset the apple cart.

Paul Mason asks how China will use its new found economic power to shape global politics in the 21st century.


We return to our investigation into the government's compensation scheme for families of victims of vCJD, the human form of mad cow disease.

The chairman of the trust that grants awards admits the scheme is too complex and that the costs are very high.

But two years since our initial report, there has been no attempt by the Department of Health to simplify the system. Robin Denselow asks why.


The Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, has announced new measures to help prevent dangerous criminals released from prison from re-offending.

We'll be asking the Home Secretary if anything short of imprisonment can really protect the public.

Focus group

And our American pollster, Frank Luntz, returns to his floating voters to assess the popularity of the party leaders.

Would Labour do better under Brown? Is the Cameron honeymoon over? And how are the voters taking to the Lib Dems' choice of the elder statesman, Sir Menzies Campbell?

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