BBC News, Feb 14, 2005
BBC Television's flagship political discussion programme, Question Time, will broadcast a special edition from Shanghai on Thursday 10 March.
The debate, including a range of voices both critical and supportive of Chinese government policies, will be in English with David Dimbleby in the chair as normal.
Chinese Government spokesman Liu Jianqiao, Wild Swans author Jung Chang and former Hong Kong Governor and EU Commissioner Chris Patten have already agreed to take part in the programme, answering questions before a live studio audience.
People in Shanghai, residents or visitors, will be able to apply to join the studio audience and to put forward any questions they like on the most important political issues in China today.
David Dimbleby said: "It's a breakthrough. To have a programme from China with known critics of the Chinese government on the panel is something I never thought would happen.--------------------