Airs Sunday, May 26 at 6 p.m. For all appearances, China has emerged unscathed from the global economic crisis, in stark contrast to its biggest debtor, America. China's admirers point to its ability to mobilize state resources, quick decision-making and business-friendly environment as reasons for its economic ascendency. But can its brand of state-directed capitalism overcome rampant corruption and the threat of growing inequality, or will the American model of innovation and free markets prevail? The debaters include Orville Schell, Peter Schiff, Ian Bremmer, and Minxin Pei.
China's booming economy has one Shreveport architecture firm expanding its horizon, taking on large commercial design projects a world away in Beijing and Chengdu. Mike McSwain says he hopes to open a satellite office in Chengdu to help manage the workflow of Chinese projects. His firm is currently designing a senior citizen housing project in Beijing and a research park in Chengdu.