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Frank Langfitt

Frank Langfitt appears in the following:

In Violent Hospitals, China's Doctors Can Become Patients

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.

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Someone In Central China Really Stinks At Photoshop

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.

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Desperate Chinese Villagers Turn To Self-Immolation

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.

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Too Weird To Be True? In China, You Never Can Tell

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.

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Corruption Trial Not Working Out As Communist Party Had Hoped

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.

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Bo Xilai's Corruption Trial In China Kicks Off With A Twist

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."

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China's College Grads Face A New Reality: Fewer Jobs

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.

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An American Headliner In China: Metallica's Shanghai Debut

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.

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'It's Too Hot': Shanghai Wilts In Record-Setting Heat Wave

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.

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Gatsby-Like Extravagance And Wealth ... In Communist China

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.

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China's 'Shadow Banking' And How It Threatens The Economy

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.

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China's Leaders Beginning To Confront Its Economic Problems

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.

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China's Credit Crunch Felt Across Financial Markets

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.

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'It's Christmas In June': China Revels In NSA Leaks Story

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

China sees Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked details of the agency's surveillance programs, as the gift that keeps on giving. The country's state-run media has hailed him as a hero for exposing what it calls American hypocrisy.

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China May Not Intervene To Keep NSA Leaker In Hong Kong

Monday, June 10, 2013

Edward Snowden, who says he revealed information about the National Security Agency's secret program to gather telephone and Internet data, has checked out of his Hong Kong hotel. He has suggested he will seek asylum in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, but many analysts believe the Chinese government won't grant him refuge, given its desire to improve Chinese-American relations. However, a problem with Hong Kong's asylum law might make it possible for Snowden to stay there for a while.

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Confessed NSA Leaker Holed Up In Hong Kong Hotel

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Guardian has identified its source for a series of reports it published in recent days on secret U.S. surveillance activity. The paper says the source is Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the CIA who now works for a private-sector defense and technology consulting firm.

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What Does China's Leader Want From The U.S.?

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Chinese President Xi Jinping says he wants to build a new great power relationship with the United States at this week's summit with President Obama.

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China's Ruling Party Continues To Censor Memories Of Tiananmen Protests

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The Chinese government is trying to suppress any online discussion of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests on their 24th anniversary. This has prompted some people to attempt to distribute photos reminding people of the event. One image being censored refers to the iconic photo of a man standing before an advancing column of tanks, in the censored image, however, he stands before a column of rubber ducks.

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Rubber Ducky, You're (Not) The One. Hong Kong Quacker Spawns Others

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The beloved six-story, yellow rubber ducky that's been bobbing around in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour has inspired companies to launch their own ducks in a number of mainland Chinese cities.

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More Than 100 Dead In Chinese Factory Fire

Monday, June 03, 2013

Fire and explosions ripped through a poultry plant in China Monday, claiming more than a hundred lives. It was one of China's worst factory accidents in memory. Early reports indicate that blocked exits may have contributed to the death toll.

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