What happens when a rising power lends money to the world's biggest power? As empires rise and fall, is conflict inevitable? And what does the global economic meltdown mean, anyway?
These are just a few of the questions we put to historian Niall Ferguson, author of "The Ascent of Money," as he analyzes the complex and critically important relationship between Washington and Beijing.
So light up your pipe, stroke your beard, and press play:
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