Feb 12, 2015
The Comoros is a tiny island nation off the east coast of Africa in the Indian ocean and where a major Chinese experiment is underway. Chinese scientists and pharmaceutical have undertaken a radical experiment to test an unlicensed anti-malarial herbal medicine on the ENTIRE population of the Comoros. Succeed or fail, the stakes are incredibly high. Separately, Beijing is also playing a high-profile in the island nation's economic development with its usual package of infrastructure and loans. Journalist Shannon van Sant traveled to the Comoros on assignment for CBS News and joins us to talk about the PRC's big gamble on this tiny country.