April 27th, 2012
02:02 PM ET

Watch GPS: How corrupt is China?

On Fareed Zakaria GPS this week, the U.S., China, Pakistan, Mexico and more.
Fareed kicks things off with his take: President Obama’s current campaign push is for the “Buffett Rule.” But instead, he should focus on Warren Buffett’s other mantra: “Invest in America”

The Bo Xilai scandal has gone from being an Agatha Christie story to a Chinese version of Watergate. The New Yorker’s Beijing correspondent Evan Osnos sits down with Fareed to explain the larger ramifications.

Then we get the real story on Pakistan’s "Memogate. " Exclusive to CNN, for the first time on TV since the scandal broke, Husain Haqqani explains why he lost his job as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S.

What in the World explores a bizarre finding: Why net migration from Mexico to the U.S. has dropped to zero.

Then Fareed goes 1-on-1 with a man who served as National Security Advisor to two U.S. Presidents – Brent Scowcroft. They discuss Syria, the Middle East peace process, and more.

Finally, Charles Duhigg is on the show, with lessons from his great new book, The Power of Habit.

All this on GPS  Sunday at 10am and 1pm Eastern. Excerpts below:

Evan Osnos on corruption in China

Evan Osnos: Last year, there was a report that went up from the Chinese Central Bank, just for a few hours, on the Internet before it was taken down, which suggests that they never meant to release it. And what it said was that there was $180 billion U.S. dollars that had gone from the Chinese Treasury, from, essentially, public money, that had been taken overseas by corrupt officials. When that happened at the time, frankly, a lot of us thought: This can't be right; the decimal place is off; something is off.

What we're now starting to think is that, in fact, it's plausible, that if there are enough Bo Xilais in the system, enough people who have assembled these economic empires for themselves, that quantity of money begins to be plausible.

Brent Scowcroft on the GOP's shift

Fareed Zakaria: Are you comfortable with the Republican Party these days?

Brent Scowcroft:  Well, many parts of the party call me a rhino.

Fareed Zakaria:  Republican in Name Only.

Brent Scowcroft:  In name only.  I don't think I've changed my views at all.

Fareed Zakaria:  You think the party has moved?

Brent Scowcroft:  I think the party has moved.

Fareed Zakaria:  Do you think - are there any prospects for it changing? It feels as though it's moved a lot since you were in office.

Brent Scowcroft:  Well, I think it has.  Yes, I think there are prospects for change, because the attitudes go up and down.  You know, I still remember - and you wouldn't - 1964 and Barry Goldwater, who ran a  very conservative campaign.  And when he was badly defeated, the Republican Party turned to Nelson Rockefeller and Ronald Reagan and other moderates.

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  1. www.twitter.com/hlmelsaid

    Corruption,scandals across the world.

    April 27, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  2. Hahahahahaha

    At least as corrupt as any other country is. Hahahahahaha

    April 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  3. Joseph McCarthy

    How corrupt is China, you ask? It can't possibly be any more corrupt than our own government which is now controlled fully by the M.I.C.(military-industrial-complex). This complex already has the vast majority of our Congress and the White House under their control, produced by all these backroom deals through the years. Back in 1959, Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower said that this was going to take place if we didn't watch out and we didn't!

    April 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Correction

      Nope, its the corporations in general that have come to own Congress, not just the MIC. Companies far larger and far more powerful than Boeing, Lockheed, and others pour dollars into the pockets of senators and representatives because they know that from the moment they get elected, they need to plan for their re-election. And in America, that means needing a stupidly large campaign chest.

      April 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
      • ✠ RZ ✠

        Let's agree that the government is not working wholly in the best interest of the country and it's people, and is being highly influenced if not almost controlled by special interest groups.

        April 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
      • George Patton

        @Correction. The big corporations are part of the M.I.C. that Joseph talks about. Unless we break this stanglehold it has on this country, things will only deteriorate in Washington!!!

        April 29, 2012 at 10:16 am |
      • Pete

        Hey Correction,that's why there should be more strengent laws and enforce them.Outlaw lobbying for instance,keep money and corruption out of Capital Hill.Jail sentences,monetary fines levied against anyone,lobbyist ,Democrates,Republicans,Independents,the whole cast that work in Washington,period.Make examples of this and you'll see how fast this political farce comes to a screeching halt.No more business as usual for anyone,watch them all because we're are ultimately changed by their decisions,good or bad.Supreme Court as well,these robed clowns need to understand who is really their boss,the American citizen is and don't let them forget it..The American citizen needs to step up and demand civility from these old egotistical ,sometimes racist tyrants.Bring back bipartisanship amongst these politicians explaining its our way or the hiway ,plain and simple.Put their indifferences aside and work for the betterment of this country..Amen...

        April 29, 2012 at 10:44 am |
      • Johnathan

        RZ – you stink of troll.

        April 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Adevilson Silva


      April 30, 2012 at 12:49 am |
  4. Matt A.

    Yes,even Chinese officials at local levels are stuffing their pockets and moving ill gotten gains to more favourable
    pastures: U.S., Hong Kong, etc.

    If they see an opening–no unlike Western politicians–why wouldn't they?

    April 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
  5. CHINA

    In last century , American humiliated us . Because we was week . In this century , America is insulting us . Because we are developing our economy . Wall street vs US government connection is clear . And in China there is no wall street movement . American politicians are more corrupted .

    April 28, 2012 at 2:30 am |
    • George Patton

      Quite true CHINA, quite true. All this started back in the 1830's when China lost the first Opium War to Great Britain and in the 1850's with a repeat performance and France, Germany, Portugal, Holland, Russia, the U.S. and that country whose name starts with a J followed Great Britain's lead into China! All this only stopped after 1950 when the Communists won out in that country's civil war!

      April 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
      • J. Foster Dulles

        Thank you, George. I couldn't agree more!

        April 29, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  6. ronnie simmons

    my classmate's mom earned $17444 last week. she is working on the laptop and bought a $362700 condo. All she did was get lucky and put to work the advice leaked on this site NUTTYRICHdotcom

    April 28, 2012 at 3:53 am |
  7. krm1007

    What a stupid question. The right question is why is USA encouraging spread of nuclear threats by transferring American nuclear technology to India? India the very country that has double crossed American interests in Iran and elsewhere. There are over 3 billion people living within a thousand miles or so of each other and subject to harm. This poses a clear and present danger and the US presidential candidates should be questioned by CNN in the debates on this issue.

    April 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  8. Hasai

    "How corrupt is China?"

    According to every business professional I've talked to who had the displeasure of dealing with Red China, the answer is: "EXTREMELY!"

    You can't so much as buy a pack of gum in that hellhole without layering the local apparatchiks with enough mordida to sink a battleship.

    April 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • Maersk

      Hasai the kwok head, did you have to pay off someone when you were kwok zucking in China? I am just curious.

      April 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Please Maersk, do cut that nasty Tea Party lingo out. Like you, I too am a fan of the Chinese.

        April 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • J. Foster Dulles

      Thank you Hasai, for vomiting your ignorance on this web page! Just when did you decide all that mumbo-jumbo you posted above!

      April 29, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  9. j. von hettlingen

    Bo Xilai and his wife were alleged to have some hundreds of millions tucked away in overseas accounts and managed by the late Neil Haywood,

    April 28, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  10. Khal Drogo


    Be more.

    April 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  11. lem

    I don't know or care how corrupt China is. However, I do know that the United States is extremely corrupt, and we are in no position to analyze other countries when in fact we have just as little transparency as the next communist country. I mean, for how long did the federal reserve chest the people out of money, before we found out how much of our own money is being thrown away overseas? The GOP does what it wants...we dont have fair feneral elections, even thouh you are led to believe we do. Blatant voter fraud in Main, South Carolina, Missouri...just to name a few. We are just as corrupt. In fact, I'm willing to bet that we are even more corrupt than China.

    April 29, 2012 at 8:17 am |
    • lem

      Stupid ipad autocorrect...*cheat...;*fair

      April 29, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • J. Foster Dulles

      Well said, lem. Thank you.

      April 29, 2012 at 10:23 am |
  12. Gideon

    Israel needs to be the focus.

    We are in danger from Iran, and the USA owes Israel big time for what happened to us in WW2.

    Al queda needs to be maintained, to keep the Americans engaged in anti terror activities, else Israel might suffer..Who cares if ignorant Americans suffer for once?

    If Osama was a burger, America would have found him sooner…

    April 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  13. BlackDynamite

    GOP throwing spaghetti at the wall?
    Government corruption?

    Does any of this qualify as "News"?

    April 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  14. Adevilson Silva

    How corrupt is the USA? Oh, sorry, I forgot: lobbying is legal so it does not count as corruption. What a joke this country is!

    April 30, 2012 at 12:48 am |
  15. Orwell shines

    Reagan a moderate?

    April 30, 2012 at 3:52 am |
  16. jxm

    Bo's wiretapping was a manufactured story. For the integrity of your reporting, please publically correct this piece of rumor based reporting.

    May 1, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  17. Tron HonoH







    若是鄧小平 – 可能早就打完了





    May 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm |

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