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Frank Langfitt

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China's Air Pollution: Is The Government Willing To Act?

Friday, May 24, 2013

There is some political willingness, but because China is highly decentralized politically, the Communist Party has only limited influence over provincial governments and how they regulate their dirty factories. The powerful state-owned oil companies have also resisted pressure to produce cleaner-burning fuel.

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China Builds Museums, But Filling Them Is Another Story

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

China has been building museums with abandon, opening about 100 annually in recent years. Two of the biggest opened on the same day last fall on opposite banks of Shanghai's Huangpu River. But filling these museums — with both art and visitors — is proving more challenging.

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Vietnam's Appetite For Rhino Horn Drives Poaching In Africa

Monday, May 13, 2013

Demand for rhino horn, used in traditional Chinese medicine, is fueling a slaughter of the animals in Africa. In Vietnam, the sought-after commodity is fetching prices as high as $1,400 an ounce, or about the price of gold. There, some believe ground horn can cure everything from hangovers to cancer.

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Rhino Horns Fuel Deadly, Intercontinental Trade

Sunday, May 12, 2013

NPR's Frank Langfitt and Gregory Warner have teamed up for a series about how myth and money are driving extraordinary slaughter of rhinos. They talk with host Rachel Martin about the issue, which has repercussions from the African continent all the way to Asia.

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Rat 'Mutton' And Bird Flu: Strange Days For Meat Eaters In Shanghai

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

A month after dead pigs washed ashore in a Shanghai river, the city got an even more serious meat problem: A new bird flu appeared at poultry markets. But even a recent rat meat scandal hasn't kept Shanghai's omnivores from enjoying KFC and Kung Pao Chicken.

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As The Car Market Moves East, An Extravaganza In Shanghai

Saturday, April 27, 2013

China is the world's largest auto market. NPR's Frank Langfitt went to Shanghai's sprawling auto show this week, and compares it with the ones he used to cover in Detroit a few years back, when General Motors and Chrysler were on the ropes.

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These Days, More And More Chinese Have Driven A Ford Lately

Thursday, April 25, 2013

For years Ford was an also-ran in China, but it has ambitious plans to change that. Last year, sales in China were up more than 30 percent, and the Ford Focus was the country's best-selling car.

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Will Lightning Strike Twice For K-Pop's PSY?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

After weeks of threats from North Korea, some South Koreans turned their attention this weekend away from weapons and toward a new song by the country's global rap star, PSY. On Saturday night the singer unveiled his follow-up single and video to the viral phenomenon, "Gangnam Style," at a sold-out concert.

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Kerry: North Korea Not Likely To Use Nuclear Missile

Friday, April 12, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Seoul Friday, as relations between South and North Korea reach a new level of tension. There are some indications that North Korea might stage a missile launch in the next few days — but Kerry played down fears that the North was now able to mount nuclear weapons on its rockets.

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Kerry: U.S. Will Not Accept A Nuclear-Armed North Korea

Friday, April 12, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Seoul, South Korea, at a time of escalating tension on the Korean peninsula. There are expectations that North Korea might soon launch a medium-range missile.

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A Symbol Of Korean Cooperation Becomes A Political Casualty

Thursday, April 11, 2013

North Korea's decision to close off a joint North-South industrial complex is a potential financial disaster for some of the more than 100 South Korean businesses that have invested there.

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Amid Korean Tensions, Kerry To visit Seoul

Thursday, April 11, 2013

There are expectations that North Korea might test fire a missile or missiles in the next few days in a gesture of defiance. U.S. and South Korean forces are on heightened alert, and relations with the North will be the prime topic of talks when Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Seoul on Friday.

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A View From South Korea: The North Is 'A Playground Bully'

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

"It's like a joke," one retiree in Seoul says of the North's daily provocations. His view is shared by many South Koreans, who believe leaders in the North are trying to extort more aid from other nations and are trying to bolster their own positions.

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South Koreans Ignore Threats From The North

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Despite weeks of escalating tension between North and South Korea, and increasingly bellicose threats from Pyongyang, life in South Korea continues as normal. Most people in the capital Seoul appear to think the issue has more to do with the political situation in North Korea then a military threat to them.

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Solar Panel Maker Suntech Forced Into Bankruptcy

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Lack of demand from a weak global economy is partly to blame for Suntech's troubles. But China's state-driven model of capitalism is sparking overproduction, analysts say, and several Chinese solar companies are fighting for survival.

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Shanghai's Dead Pigs: Search For Answers Turns Up Denials

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The discovery of thousands of dead pigs floating in the waters around Shanghai has turned up disturbing reports: of pig dumping and the sale of meat from diseased animals among pig farmers. In the village where some of the pigs came from, we found serial denials.

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Chinese Farmers Revolt Against Government Land Grab

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Residents of a village in southern China are demanding democratic elections in a new standoff with authorities. The farmers of Shangpu say armed thugs sent by their own village chief attacked the community to pave the way for a new factory on their land.

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Can China's Legal System Change?

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese lawyer, made international headlines when he escaped house arrest back in April. Now at New York University studying law, he remains a fierce critic of the Chinese legal system, but believes it can be changed.

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American-Born 'Linderella' Is The Pride Of China

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Basketball fans in China are rooting for Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks' star point guard, as one of their own. But Lin, whose parents are originally from Taiwan, was born and bred in the U.S. — unlike the Chinese NBA star Yao Ming, with whom he is often compared.

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