Provisions of a 1996 U.S. law cracking down on Cuba will be fully implemented on Thursday.
A meeting of high-ranking officials in China signals the country's direction.
Local governments in China have taken the homes of at least 40 million people, selling that land to developers, in order to keep GDP growth figures well into the black.
Sidney Rittenberg is one of the few Americans to join China's Communist Party. The one-time translator for Mao Tse-tung hopes China's new leaders have the courage to reform.