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Frank Langfitt

Frank Langfitt appears in the following:

China's White Elephants: Ghost Cities, Lonely Airports, Desolate Factories

Thursday, October 15, 2015

China's economic growth is slowing and misallocation of resources is making things worse. In one city in recession, the new airport is mostly empty and plans for a giant liquor factory have stalled.

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How Traveling In China Went From Adventure To Ordeal

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Traveling in China used to be fun, sometimes even relaxing. As recently as the late 1990s, you could go to a Tibetan monastery out west that your Chinese friends had never heard of, hang out with nomads and chat with monks. Crowds were rare.

Those days are mostly over. China's ...

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A 'Sense Of Crisis' Now In A Chinese Boomtown Gone Bust

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The city of Luliang, in China's coalfields, was to become home to a $5 billion business district. But corruption, reckless pursuit of growth and overcapacity led to a crash in its industrial economy.

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China Commemorates Japan's WWII Defeat With Military Parade

Thursday, September 03, 2015

The Communist Party said the parade in Tienanmen Square was to commemorate the victory against the fascists during WWII, but countries in the region see the event as nationalistic, muscle-flexing

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Plunging Chinese Stock Market Was Barely Covered In China

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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China's Tricky Economic Transition: From Steel Mills To E-Commerce

Friday, August 28, 2015

Shanghai's stock market rose Friday and investors are relieved. That doesn't change the fact that China's economy is undergoing a wrenching transition away from manufacturing, with more pain to come.

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China's Missteps Tarnish A Reputation For Economic Management

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

China's leaders were, until recently, seen as highly competent in managing the economy. But a bungled currency devaluation and a stock market collapse have challenged the conventional wisdom.

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China's Financial Capital Tries To Become A Cultural Capital

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Private museums are sprouting up along Shanghai's riverfront. The city that lures people seeking their fortune is also attempting to become a destination for art.

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China's Market Turmoil Seeps Into The Auto Industry

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

There are some indications of price drops, slowing sales and slowing factory production. The bigger question analysts are asking is about over-capacity. Is China just making too much stuff?

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Sell-Off Continues In Asia's Financial Markets

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Shanghai stock market plunged more than 8 percent on Monday and major markets were down across Asia over concerns about China's economy. Those worries are having an impact around the globe.

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Tianjin Tragedy Is A Painful Reflection Of How China Largely Works

Sunday, August 23, 2015

NPR's Frank Langfitt has covered China for nearly a decade. After reporting on the Aug. 12 explosion in Tianjin that killed more than 100 people, he offered this commentary.

There's a moment when you're covering a disaster in China when you know what happened.

You know it wasn't an ...

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Chinese Government Looks To Assign Blame In Warehouse Explosions

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Official Chinese news media report that two owners of the Tianjin warehouses, the site of explosions that killed more than 100 people, confessed to using political influence to avoid safety rules.

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Tired Of City-Life Stresses, Many Chinese Return To Farming

Thursday, August 20, 2015

For many rural Chinese, the dream is to live in a big city. But some people are now rejecting urban life and moving back to the countryside to grow safer food and enjoy a more tranquil existence.

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Chinese-Made 'Monster Hunt' Dominates Theaters During Hollywood Blackout

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Monster Hunt, a life-action, CGI fantasy, has brought in more than $330 in China this summer. The Chinese-made film has now made more money than any other movie except for Furious 7.

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At Least 50 Dead After Massive Twin Explosions In Northeast China

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Massive twin explosions in Tianjin, China, Wednesday night left at least 50 dead and hundreds wounded.

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Asian Markets Take A Dive As China Further Devalues Its Currency

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

China's currency took another sharp drop Wednesday, sending stocks down across Asia.

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Chinese Stocks Take A Plunge Despite Government Efforts

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

China's stock market continues to fall despite massive government intervention. The Shanghai Index is down 30 percent since mid-June.

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Single Mom Leads Double Life On The Streets Of Shanghai

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NPR's Frank Langfitt is offering free rides around Shanghai in exchange for stories about one of the world's most dynamic cities. In his latest installment, he meets a woman whose work surprises him.

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Would You Buy A Used Car From A Man Named Beer Horse?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NPR's Frank Langfitt has been giving free taxi rides around Shanghai to learn about the lives of ordinary Chinese. He's decided to stop renting a car and buy one. That's when he met Beer Horse.

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China's Island-Building Has Neighbors On Edge, But Tensions May Be Easing

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

In just 18 months, China has created more than 2,000 acres of new land where before there were just waves and reef, according to the U.S., which sees the work as a threat to regional stability.

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