April 6th, 2013
12:12 AM ET

On GPS Sunday: Talking North Korea, and why Chinese rivers are disappearing

"Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

This week on GPS: Would North Korea attack the U.S. or its allies? Fareed convenes an all-star panel of global thinkers including New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass and Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens to discuss the Koreas, the Middle East, gun control and President Obama.

Then, some good news for America: Morgan Stanley's Ruchir Sharma explains why emerging markets are slowing down – and the U.S. is on the up.

“We still dominate because the U.S. is the largest economy in the world. But even as a share of the economy, the amount that the U.S. spends on R&D is very high,” Sharma says. “I think only a couple of other countries in the world, such as South Korea and Israel maybe, spend a bit more of the share of GDP.”

“But what the U.S. spends is a lot. So again, a lot of sort of negatives about the infrastructure out here, but we sort of tend to overlook the fact that the U.S. is still spending on a lot of right things.”

Plus, What in the World: Why thousands of Chinese rivers are simply disappearing.

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  1. Donald Yipshun Hsu

    No, Kim Jong UN is not even his grandfather's general for the once fearful military force during the conflict; however, the other two country's sacrifice in the name of Peace will become meaningless if the Armistice does not follow with a Peace a treaty after nearly sixty years. Lest we forget what the United Nations stand for.

    April 6, 2013 at 8:38 am | Reply
  2. Pete

    A great reason the Chinese rivers are disappearing is the Three Gorges Dam the largest in the world..It was constructed to help the ever exploding population of mainland China and would take almost 6 years to fill to capacity..So look where all rivers go and they almost all merge one way or another at the Yangtze river,now a lake..

    April 6, 2013 at 9:36 am | Reply
  3. joe anon 1

    friedman, vanden heuvel, haase, stephens.

    only 4 of the 4 are jews. your program is becoming more balanced.


    none of the 4 have anything to say worth hearing.

    more propaganda, deception, and outright lyinng.

    April 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • hogy

      Kim Jong Un is obviously a front for the DPRK's military. The mlitary guys he fired were probably enemies of the guys he works with now. The continuing war posturing of the DPRK is their ongoing attempt to blackmail the US etc into sending them free food and whatnot. It is time that the US said NO to this ploy. The sooner we stop appeasing them the faster their people will feel empowered to rebel and change the government. Also if the US STOPs appeasing the DPRK, China will feel more motivated to do something about the DPRK's problems, because they fear a revolution would send zillions of Koreans streaming into China!
      As for this Sunday's Zakaria lineup, van den Heuvel is one of the blandest political apologists around and should be let out to pasture. She contributes nothing. In addition, Zakaria needs to get over the current idea in the Beltway, fostered by Dubya with his necons, continued by Obama– that only Jews have anything intelligent to say about anything. Problem with it is that they forever defend Israel's interference with US government and policies. It's time THAT came to an end, too.

      April 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  4. Christian

    joeanon1 Racist much?
    The program is supposed to be a discussion of ideas and you are concerned about their race. They offer their opinions about global issues.

    April 7, 2013 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • joe anon 1

      they offer what is good for Israel/jews.

      April 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  5. What is the rush???????

    I have been watching the news summery (literally) this morning with a great panel, but there are so many topics that there is no depth in the discussion on any of these topics. Discussion on North Korea and Eqypt deserves much more attention. The multiple commercials had more depth.

    April 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  6. Manfred

    “We still (not anymore) dominate because the U.S. is the (not) largest economy in the world." – but, this unfortunately does not mean that American corporations dominate. The Asians, in particular South Korean corporations are the biggest in the world. USA cannot play it alone anymore, because NATO alliance will not allow that.

    April 8, 2013 at 6:08 am | Reply
  7. Eva

    Kim Yong Un went to School in Switzerland for some years. So why does the US not think about a Swiss Diplomat to talk to him. Maybe it could turn out successful!

    April 8, 2013 at 7:27 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @Eva,the US does use neutral Switzerland and its embassy as a mediator in getting talks across to UN,N Korea and how do you think its being transmitted so far by candy gram...N Korea has conveyed to visitors to keep coming but tell embassies to leave because of future consequences if war breaks out and N Korea doesnt want to be held responsible for collateral damage plain and simple...UN just a spoiled child having fits to get attention and these countries mediating with N Korea should treat him that way ,just give him the cold shoulder and he'll quiet down knowing he's getting nowhere fast..It's been this way since the Korean war in the 50s with idle threats from them and why should we treat this any differently right!!

      April 9, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply

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