Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

8 Recovered After Navy Plane Crash

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A U.S. naval aircraft has crashed in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan while traveling to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as part of military exercises.

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In Trump's China Visit, Plenty Of Business Deals But Little Progress On Trade

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Chinese leader Xi Jinping gave little indication he was ready to budge on trade or North Korea, Trump's top priorities. $250 billion in deals were announced, but bigger issues remain unresolved.

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Shaky U.S.-China Trade Relationship Will Top Trump's Agenda In Beijing

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Many U.S. businesses say they're treated unfairly in China. And there are concerns about Chinese acquisitions of U.S. companies.

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What Motivates Chinese President Xi Jinping's Anti-Corruption Drive?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The push has led to the investigation and punishment of hundreds of thousands of officials — but observers disagree about his intentions. Is the aim to remove rivals or something else?

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China Shuts Down Tens Of Thousands Of Factories In Unprecedented Pollution Crackdown

Monday, October 23, 2017

After decades of doing little about the pollution that has plagued much of the country, China's government is temporarily shutting down entire industrial regions to inspect for violations.

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Xi Jinping's War On Poverty Moves Millions Of Chinese Off The Farm

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Remote mountain villages where residents lived in poverty are being cleared, with villagers being given new apartments in the city. But finding work may be a challenge for some of the former farmers.

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The Economics Behind China's Crackdown On Civil Society

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

President Xi Jinping has led an unprecedented crackdown on lawyers, NGOs, academics and journalists. Information is more tightly controlled by the Communist Party than it's been since the Mao years.

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For Some Chinese Uighurs, Modeling Is A Path To Success

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

China's Muslim-minority Uighurs often face persecution and suspicion. But their popularity has grown in recent years as models. "Not to brag, but we are very good-looking," says one Uighur model.

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Wary Of Unrest Among Uighur Minority, China Locks Down Xinjiang Region

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Following riots and attacks in past years, residents of Urumqi, the capital of the western region, now live and work under intense surveillance, and are subject to detention after traveling abroad.

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In Hong Kong Speech, Bannon Expected To Take A Hard Line On China

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ex-White House adviser Steve Bannon speaks in Hong Kong Tuesday at an event hosted by an arm of the largest state-owned Chinese brokerage firm. Bannon is a vocal critic of China's economic policies.

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Why China Is Going After A Billionaire In The U.S.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui lives in New York City, but his reach into China's politics has him at odds with the ruling Communist Party. Chinese prosecutors have been building a case against him.

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TFBoys' 'Go!AMIGO' Is A Summery Slice Of Pop Propaganda

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

In China, the song of summer is by a boy band who cleverly promotes communist values to a fanbase that is mostly composed of kids in rural cities.

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While Corals Die Along The Great Barrier Reef, Humans Struggle To Adjust

Sunday, July 09, 2017

It's the world's biggest coral reef system, home to some 400 types of coral. In the past 18 months, rising ocean temperatures helped cause the single greatest loss of coral ever recorded there.

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Hong Kong Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Transfer To China

Saturday, July 01, 2017

The 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's transfer to China is being celebrated across the territory. At the same time, the visit by China's president is inspiring protests.

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China's President Celebrates Hong Kong Handover With A Visit To The City

Saturday, July 01, 2017

President Xi Jinping gave a televised speech at an event that was closed to the public, and warned Hong Kong residents that any attempt to challenge the power of China's government is impermissible.

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Morning News Brief: GOP Continues Work On Health Care Bill, JAY-Z Releases New Album

Friday, June 30, 2017

Republican senators are working on revisions to their health care plan. Also, Hong Kong is marking 20 years under Chinese rule, and rapper JAY-Z has a new album.

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How Hong Kong's Banks Turned Chinese

Friday, June 30, 2017

As China celebrates the 20th anniversary of Great Britain's handover of Hong Kong to Chinese control, it can celebrate another type of takeover: the city's financial sector.

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20 Years After Handover, Hong Kong Residents Reflect On Life Under Chinese Rule

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Great Britain returned Hong Kong to China on June 30, 1997. Since then, Beijing has tightened its political grip and income inequality has grown. But not everyone is unhappy with China's impact.

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China's President Visits Hong Kong To Mark 20 Years Of Chinese Rule

Thursday, June 29, 2017

This Saturday Hong Kong and China celebrate the 20th anniversary of the territory's return to China from Great Britain. President Xi Jinping plans to attend the ceremonies.

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On Top Of Hong Kong's High Rises, Rooftop Gardens Take Root

Saturday, June 24, 2017

In one of the most densely populated cities on Earth, a gardening cooperative is helping residents rediscover farming — in the sky.

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