November 16th, 2013
03:08 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: Understanding Typhoon Haiyan, and assessing China's future

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

On GPS this Sunday: More than 10 million Filipinos have been either displaced or left homeless by Typhoon Haiyan. But why was the impact so bad, and why was the response so slow?

Fareed speaks with Stephen Flynn, founding director of the Center for Resilient Studies at Northeastern University, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Laurie Garrett for their take on why this typhoon was so deadly.

Also, China's new leaders gathered this week for the so-called Third Plenum meeting, following which China announced it is relaxing its three-decades-old one child policy and is ending “reeducation” through labor camps. So what’s behind the changes and what where is China heading? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and The Council on Foreign Relations’ Elizabeth Economy offer their takes.

And, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, biographer, and historian Robert Caro talks about the legacy of President John F. Kennedy as the U.S. prepares to mark 50 years since his assassination.

“I've been doing research on Lyndon Johnson for a lot of years,” Caro says. “And I have to say that nothing that I found in writing, or any interviews, led me to believe that whatever the story of the assassination really is, that Lyndon Johnson had anything to do with it.  I never found anything that led me to believe that.”

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  1. sand

    if china wants to win then china must never forget that usa and britain and all europeans are the enemy china needs to built a stronger nuclear weapons force moore icbms and long range stealth bombers so if the usa and russia trys anything fishy then china needs to nuke all of them.

    November 16, 2013 at 10:15 pm |
  2. langdd

    I like how people are blaming China, but do you know that Southern China is also hit by the Haiyan, and it lost about 1 billion dollars already, WHY DONT YOU DONATE CHINA? On May 12 2008, the Sichuan earthquake, THE US GOV' ONLY DONATED 0.5 minions dollars to China, when there was 70,000 people died 370000 people wounded. WAS AMERICA GEREROUS to CHINA?

    November 17, 2013 at 2:17 am |
    • Maersk

      You should have known by now that uncle sam is just a typical American BS artist. He loves to bullzhit about human rights while he continues to send the U.S. soldiers around the world to commit crimes against humanity. The reason why he is sending help to Philippines obvious, he wants the air force and naval base back.

      November 18, 2013 at 12:25 am |
  3. Rachel

    No mention of Israel in the list of contributors of humanitarian aid to Philippines? One of the first there was IDF and Israeli relief agencies with 146 people and the first, or one of the first, field hospitals. This is a heinous omission and I hope it was not deliberate or were you only counting dollars in absolute terms?

    November 17, 2013 at 8:04 am |
  4. Say What?

    @sand, that's one of the most ignorant comments I have ever read. NOBODY, wants to invade China. If China decides to act as a world bully the appropriate response will be given by the world community. The only fishy thing is China's approach towards its neighbors and the world, but what can one expect from such a irresponsible, immature nation such as China. Nukes. What a joke. We all love when Chinese and Chinese supported talk. Your true nature shines through. If Russia or the US want to do something fishy they will stop buying your cheap products. The world built you why would we try to stop the advancement of the Chinese people. Only China will be responsible for that, and I hope they don't TRY to nuke the world. It'll be their last mistake. Peace, not war. If we haven't learned anything from the 20th centrury, we learned how brutal and unadvancing war is. In this great age of information there is no need to continue such hostile approaches. Peace starts at home, please consider changing the way you think.

    November 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • Maersk

      I thought your first response was to open your kwok zucking mouth to receive Chinese kwoks when they bully you.

      November 18, 2013 at 12:18 am |
  5. Judy Feld carr, CM

    You did not even bother to mention Canada nor Israel in the list of contributing countries to the disaster in the Philippines
    Canada has already sent over 5 million dollars, helicopters, food and water supplies and personnel to evacuate people.
    Israel, as a small country, has sent in an IDF fully functioning hospital. with doctors and nurses and medical supplies to treat chronically injured civilians and as of this afternoon, when your program aired, had already treated 710 people.
    Please give credit to the country to the north of you and to the State of Israel!

    November 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
  6. americanophile

    We love your program in this house and watch it religiously every Sunday evening here in Denmark.

    ONE suggestion to make it even better, Fareed:


    You have outstanding guests. We know you're smart – that's why we watch you 🙂 you don't have to prove it in every question – let people TALK.

    Shut up 🙂 – just imagine giving Robert Caro all the time you have for his segment. He is a goldmine.

    Give him and others time.

    November 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
  7. Ralph

    We need to care about our American future and future for our NATO alliance partners, not China. We have high unemployment in the USA, and lost due to false politics our jobs to Asian corporations. This need stopped.

    November 18, 2013 at 4:32 am |
  8. chrissy

    Agreed @ Ralph! The US people have donated plenty to China when they got our jobs!

    November 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm |

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