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China's leaders consider economic reforms
This weekend China's president Xi Jinping is chairing a Communist Party meeting which many of his countrymen and women hope could mark a turning point for the world's second biggest economy.
First Broadcast: 10/11/2013 - View Transcript
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About Asia Pacific Focus
A weekly analysis of the biggest stories affecting Asia and the Pacific, the program features interviews with key decision-makers from across the region. Our correspondents cover the region from Beijing, New Delhi, Jakarta, Canberra and the Pacific. Hosted by Jim Middleton, Asia Pacific Focus is also shown in Australia on ABC 1.

Australian broadcast times:
ABC1 - 11:00 am Sundays

Program Presenter
Jim Middleton
Jim Middleton
Jim joined Australia Network after a distinguished career as a foreign correspondent and as the ABC's Political editor in Canberra. For six years, at the height of the Reagan era, he was a foreign correspondent in New York and Washington. He was present at Reagan's first two summits with Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev and reported on the Falklands war as well as the guerrilla conflicts in El Salvador and Nicaragua.

In Australia, Jim covered seven general elections and three eras of government under Prime Ministers Howard, Keating and Hawke. In that role he undertook reporting assignments across Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Jim's role for Australia Network has seen him lead coverage of major regional meetings including the East Asia and ASEAN summits, the Boao Forum and CHOGM. He has presented programs from Beijing, Shanghai, New Delhi, Hanoi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Bali.

He has often chaired events for Asialink, the National Press Club, the Lowy Institute, Advance Australia and the Global Foundation.

Jim is a member of the board of the Australia Thailand Institute.

He regularly appears on domestic ABC networks as a commentator on international relations.

Jim is also the chief presenter Newsline, Australia Network's flagship current affairs program.
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