Episode 2

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Duration: 1 hour

Justin Rowlatt crosses Brazil and the United States on an epic journey as he continues to investigate the spread of Chinese influence around the planet. In Rio, local industries, including bikini factories, are threatened by cheap Chinese imports, and in the Amazon, Justin witnesses the phenomenal impact of the Chinese hunger for resources on the indigenous people and the environment. In the US, from California to the rust belt, Justin encounters the rising undercurrent of American fury over their own decline in the face of competition from China.

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    Justin Rowlatt with members of the Aw·, one of the last few nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes in Brazil. They are under increasing threat as their traditional lands shrink, due to deforestation, of which China is now an important driving force.

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Credits

Presenter
Justin Rowlatt
Director
Steven Grandison
Producer
Steven Grandison
Executive Producer
Sam Bagnall

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