Frank Langfitt http://wcbe.org en China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide http://wcbe.org/post/chinas-booming-real-estate-market-finally-begins-slide After years of stunning growth, China's go-go real estate market is now in retreat.<p>Prices fell last month in 79 out of 100 cities, according to the China Real Estate Index run by SouFun Holdings, a real estate website. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:35:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 59192 at http://wcbe.org China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide Beijing: From Hardship Post To Plum Assignment And Back Again http://wcbe.org/post/beijing-hardship-post-plum-assignment-and-back-again As <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/12/07/143214875/clean-air-a-luxury-in-beijings-pollution-zone">Beijing's notorious air pollution continues to take a toll on people's health</a>, it's also making it much harder for foreign firms to attract staff there these days. Some companies are now offering more money, more vacation and shorter stints to lure people to China's capital. What was once a plum assignment for expatriates is increasingly seen as a hardship post.<p>Ask Micah Truman. He came to Beijing in 1994 and thought he'd never leave. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 58362 at http://wcbe.org Beijing: From Hardship Post To Plum Assignment And Back Again A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic http://wcbe.org/post/how-bath-salts-drug-made-china-wreaked-havoc-us There were times a few years back when the emergency room at SUNY Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse looked like a scene from a zombie movie. Dr. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:16:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 57799 at http://wcbe.org A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered http://wcbe.org/post/myanmar-modernizes-architectural-gems-are-endangered Decades of socialism and military rule kept Myanmar — or Burma, as it was known — poor and isolated.<p>There was one upside, though. The economy was so lousy, there was no drive to demolish the big British colonial buildings in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, and replace them with the glass and steel towers that now define much of the skylines in East Asia.<p>Today, downtown Yangon looks refreshingly different from practically every other sizable city in Southeast Asia. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 57177 at http://wcbe.org As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered Terror Attacks In China Take An Alarming Turn http://wcbe.org/post/terror-attacks-china-take-alarming-turn China has suffered small-scale terror attacks in the past that often targeted local government in out-of-the-way cities. In the past year, though, the attacks have taken an alarming turn.<p>Ethnic militants have gone after civilians outside their homeland and employed a relatively new tactic: suicide.<p>The change appeared to emerge in October last year, when several Uighurs, a mostly Muslim ethnic minority from Xinjiang, the country's rugged, northwest region, drove a jeep into a crowd around Beijing's Tiananmen Gate, near the iconic portrait of Communist leader Mao Zedong. Fri, 30 May 2014 10:19:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 56939 at http://wcbe.org Terror Attacks In China Take An Alarming Turn U.S. Teacher: I Did 7 Months Of Forced Labor In A Chinese Jail http://wcbe.org/post/us-teacher-i-did-seven-months-forced-labor-chinese-jail Prisoner 1741 spent more than seven months inside a jail in southern China, assembling Christmas lights for export to America. Work days stretched up to 10 hours and conditions were tough, he says. One boss used strands of Christmas lights to whip workers and drive production.<p>Stories about forced labor have trickled out of China over the years, but what makes Prisoner 1741's so remarkable is that he isn't Chinese. He's American. Thu, 29 May 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 56900 at http://wcbe.org U.S. Teacher: I Did 7 Months Of Forced Labor In A Chinese Jail Obama Urges China To Be Constrained Within International Rules http://wcbe.org/post/obama-urges-china-be-constrained-within-international-rules Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>China came up yesterday when we interviewed President Obama. The president recently visited neighbors of China, including U.S. allies. Thu, 29 May 2014 10:09:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 56868 at http://wcbe.org With A Heavy Hand, Chinese Authorities Crack Down On Mourners http://wcbe.org/post/heavy-hand-chinese-authorities-crack-down-mourners When people turn out to mourn the loss of loved ones, local authorities in most places treat them with respect. Not in the northwestern Chinese city of Urumqi last week, where 39 people were killed in a terrorist attack the government attributed to Uighers, a mostly Muslim ethnic minority.<p>After mourners left chrysanthemums by a charred tree where an explosive went off, riot police picked up the flowers and tossed them in dumpsters. Tue, 27 May 2014 14:20:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 56726 at http://wcbe.org With A Heavy Hand, Chinese Authorities Crack Down On Mourners Day After Bombing, Chinese City Very Tense http://wcbe.org/post/day-after-bombing-chinese-city-very-tense Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Men driving SUVs plowed into a crowded vegetable market in China yesterday and threw explosive devices out of their vehicles. At least 31 people were killed and more than 90 injured. The attack took place in Urumqi, which is the capital of China's northwest region. It has a heavy concentration of Muslims. It is the second major attack in that city in less than a month. NPR's Frank Langfitt is in Urumqi and is on the line with us right now. Fri, 23 May 2014 11:07:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 56545 at http://wcbe.org Russia's Putin Goes To Shanghai For Talks With Jinping http://wcbe.org/post/russia-tries-reach-gas-deal-china Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin have been all smiles as they emphasize improved relations between the two countries. Drawing them closer is their shared, tense relationship with the U.S.. Wed, 21 May 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 56370 at http://wcbe.org China's Communist Party Learns The Fine Art Of Public Relations http://wcbe.org/post/chinas-communist-party-learns-fine-art-public-relations Openness doesn't come naturally to China's Communist Party. After all, China is an authoritarian state where people have little right to know how they are governed. Tue, 13 May 2014 15:48:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 55922 at http://wcbe.org China's Communist Party Learns The Fine Art Of Public Relations China Could Pass U.S. As Top Economy This Year http://wcbe.org/post/china-could-pass-us-top-economy-year Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The United States economy has been the largest in the world since the days when Ulysses S. Grant was president. That was in the 1870s. But a new World Bank report says by one measure that could change by the end of this year: China would take over the top spot this year.<p>To explain what the new report means and what it doesn't, we turn to NPR's Frank Langfitt. He's on the line from Shanghai. Hi, Frank.<p>FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: I should mention we said, by one measure, China could take over the top spot. Thu, 01 May 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 55277 at http://wcbe.org Obama Bolsters Philippines, With One Eye On China http://wcbe.org/post/obama-bolsters-philippines-one-eye-china Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The Philippines sent the U.S. military packing more than 20 years ago. U.S. forces withdrew from Clark Air Base and from the naval base at Subic Bay. Well, today, just before President Obama touched down in Manila, the two countries signed an agreement to allow more American troops to rotate through the archipelago. Why the change of heart? Well, in a word, China. NPR's Frank Langfitt is following this story from Shanghai. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 55112 at http://wcbe.org Made In The USA: Childless Chinese Turn To American Surrogates http://wcbe.org/post/made-usa-childless-chinese-turn-american-surrogates Chinese couples who are unable to have children are turning to a surprising place for help these days: America. By hiring American surrogates, Chinese couples get around a ban on surrogacy in China, as well as the country's birth limits.<p>It also guarantees their children something many wealthy Chinese want these days: a U.S. passport.<p>Tony Jiang and his wife, Cherry, live in Shanghai and couldn't have children naturally. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 54705 at http://wcbe.org Made In The USA: Childless Chinese Turn To American Surrogates What A Ban On Taxi Apps In Shanghai Says About China's Economy http://wcbe.org/post/what-ban-taxi-apps-shanghai-says-about-chinas-economy The Chinese mega-city of Shanghai has been cracking down on popular taxi-booking apps, banning their use during rush hour. The government says apps discriminate against older people and those who don't have smartphones.<p>But economists and some customers see the crackdown as a small, textbook case of something much bigger: the battle between the government and market forces in the world's second-largest economy.<p>The apps are designed to address a supply and demand problem. Shanghai has at least 50,000 cabs but nearly 24 million people, according to the government. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 54124 at http://wcbe.org What A Ban On Taxi Apps In Shanghai Says About China's Economy Protesters Fault Taiwan For Trade Deal With China http://wcbe.org/post/protesters-fault-taiwan-trade-deal-china Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHANTING PROTESTORS)<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And this is what a protest sounded like a few days ago in Taiwan, more than 100,000 people protesting a new trade agreement building ties between Chinese and Taiwanese businesses. Students are also upset. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:14:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 53685 at http://wcbe.org Satellite Images Show Potential Debris From Flight 370 http://wcbe.org/post/satellite-images-show-potential-debris-flight-370 Host David Greene gets the latest from NPR's Frank Langfitt about the potential debris from Malaysia Flight 370 spotted by satellite imagery in the southern Indian Ocean. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 52950 at http://wcbe.org Could Malaysian Military Have Prevented Jet's Disappearance? http://wcbe.org/post/could-malaysian-military-have-prevented-jets-disappearance Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>More mystery in the story of that missing jetliner. Malaysian officials say files from a flight simulator owned by the captain of the plane were deleted last month. They're trying to retrieve them. Investigators are examining the pilot's simulator to see if it provides any clues about the fate of the jet.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The search for the plane has now expanded to nearly three million square miles. And finding it could hinge on countries sharing sensitive military radar information. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 52900 at http://wcbe.org Investigation Into Missing Malaysian Jet Expands http://wcbe.org/post/investigation-missing-malaysian-jet-expands The search for the Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing more than a week ago has expanded as officials still have little idea what happened to it. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 52772 at http://wcbe.org Satellite Signals From Missing Plane Raise Questions http://wcbe.org/post/satellite-signals-missing-plane-raise-questions Conflicting information raises even more questions about the fate of the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared nearly a week ago with 239 people on board. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:27:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 52663 at http://wcbe.org