Frank Langfitt appears in the following:
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Beijing tonight from Tokyo, part of an Asian tour that has been dominated by tensions in the East China Sea. Both Japan and the U.S. have deplored China's new air defense identification zone, which covers an area that includes disputed islands under Japanese control.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Demographers say China needs more children because the country is aging and the workforce is shrinking. But raising kids costs so much these days that many parents are expected to forgo the option of having a second child.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
China has declared a sprawling air defense identification zone that covers disputed islands controlled by Japan. It also sent its lone aircraft carrier for trials in the South China Sea. The moves are being closely watched in the Philippines, a key U.S. ally that has seen its own territorial dispute with China.
Monday, November 25, 2013
A bustling market has sprung up across several blocks of downtown Tacloban two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed much of the city. Most of the goods were looted in the frenzy that followed the storm. One man is even offering haircuts, making more money now than before Haiyan struck.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
China says it is sending a state-of-the-art hospital ship to help typhoon victims in the Philippines. The move follows widespread criticism that China's first response to the disaster was stingy. China — the world's second-largest economy — initially pledged a total of just $200,000, less than a tenth of what the furniture chain Ikea pledged.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Staffers at Bloomberg News accused editors of spiking an investigative story to avoid the wrath of the Communist Party. But analysts say accusations of self-censorship go far beyond this one case. One American academic compares China's censorial authority to a "giant anaconda" — its mere presence enough to make people limit their behavior.
Friday, November 08, 2013
The country's economy is at a turning point, and its leaders are gathering this weekend to decide how to steer a future course. For the world's second-largest economy, much hangs in the balance, including hopes for economic reforms. In the past, such gatherings have been game changers.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
A triple stabbing at a Chinese hospital is the latest in a string of attacks against doctors by disgruntled patients. Policies intended to improve and expand health care have led to overcrowded facilities, overwhelmed doctors and corruption.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A photo posted on a local Chinese government website purports to portray officials visiting a 100-year-old woman. But the men appear to be about 20 feet tall — and one of the officials has no legs.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Over the past decade, local governments have demolished millions of homes as China rushes toward urbanization. Protests against such land seizures have taken a disturbing turn recently: Since 2009, at least 53 people have set themselves on fire, frustrated with inadequate compensation and no legal recourse.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Foreign news coverage of China is often deadly serious: corruption, pollution and the like. Then there's the funny and bizarre that often goes viral — like the zoo that swapped a dog for a lion. A number of websites are making these offbeat and satirical tales increasingly available in English.
Friday, August 23, 2013
The Chinese government had hoped the high-profile corruption trial of Bo Xilai this week would prove that China operates under the rule of law, and that the Communist Party is not afraid to punish its own. But the trial of the former politburo member hasn't quite worked out that way.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
It's common to see cowed defendants admit to crimes during Communist Party show trials. But disgraced former politburo member Bo Xilai began his trial with vehement denials of guilt, calling one accuser a "crazy dog snapping at things for reward."
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Young Chinese are graduating in record numbers, but the country's once-red-hot economy has cooled. And critics say because many young Chinese have known only booming growth and have higher expectations than earlier generations, they don't show much commitment to looking for work — echoing a complaint about millennials in the U.S.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
The metal legends played two packed nights in China's second city, and other big names are slated to follow suit. Despite high production costs, more international talent is being drawn to China in the wake of a growing fan base and improved venues.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Usually bustling streets are nearly empty at noon, and thousands have gone to hospitals for relief. China's National Meteorological Center says the long-running heat wave is driven by a variety of factors, including climate change, as well as Shanghai's construction density, growing population and shrinking green space.
Friday, July 05, 2013
The recent movie remake of The Great Gatsby hasn't opened in China yet. But the Chinese are no strangers to its themes of wealth, ambition and corruption. In fact, many Chinese argue that the excesses of America in the Roaring '20s mirror those in China today.
Friday, June 28, 2013
China's economic growth has been fueled by bank loans that flow freely. But during the latest bout of turmoil, China's central bank indicated that it may no longer lend so quickly and cheaply. The so-called shadow banking sector is of particular concern.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Last week was a wild one for China's economy. Overnight borrowing rates spiked, lending between banks began to freeze up and the Shanghai stock market took a nose-dive. Things have calmed down since then, but the underlying problems that triggered the panic remain. Among them, the explosive growth of the country's so-called shadow banking sector.
Friday, June 21, 2013
The lending rate between Chinese banks spiked dramatically on Thursday, creating a credit crunch. Renee Montagne talks to NPR Shanghai correspondent Frank Langfitt about the turbulence in China's banking system, and how authorities in Beijing are responding.