August 4, 2008 / 6:01 AM / 10 years ago

ABC sends Woodruff to examine China's power

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff traveled to Angola, Brazil and Cambodia to work on a one-hour documentary that examines China’s growing power in the world.

Bob Woodruff, co-host of ABC's "World News Tonight", attends the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California January 21, 2006. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello

“China Inside Out: Bob Woodruff Reports” airs at 10 p.m. Wednesday, two days before the Olympics kick off in Beijing.

Thousands of Chinese are working in Angola as the two countries help each other, with Angola receiving a major infrastructure boost while China gets access to millions of barrels of oil. The Chinese are doing business in Brazil’s soy fields so they can help feed their 1.3 billion people. China is also looking to its neighbors like Cambodia for its relationships.

“The Chinese are all over the world in the age of China globalization,” Woodruff said. “Initially, we decided we’d do a story on China’s growth without going to China.”

Of course, in the nine months of reporting, Woodruff and his crew did go to China too. It’s a country that holds importance to Woodruff’s career. He was a lawyer and teacher in Beijing when the Tiananmen Square protests began in 1989. He was hired as a translator for American broadcast journalists covering the story, and discovered that he wanted to be a journalist. That’s the track he followed when he left China, eventually leading to ABC News.

“It’s a completely different country than when I was there,” said Woodruff, adding that it was important that Americans understand China beyond what they’ll see this month during the Olympics.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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