Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

Chinese Investors Among Majority Of EB-5 Visa Recipients

Monday, May 22, 2017

The EB-5 visa grants permanent U.S. residence to anyone investing a half million dollars in a U.S.-based development project. Eighty percent of EB-5 recipients are Chinese. NPR takes a look at why they are applying for these visas.

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A Chinese Border City Gives Tourists A Glimpse Of Life In North Korea

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

From Dandong, across the Yalu River from North Korea, middle-class Chinese tourists can buy North Korean cigarettes and souvenirs, and gaze through binoculars at North Korean farmers plowing fields.

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Morning News Brief: Trump's NAFTA Reversal, The North Korean Border, 'Textalyzer'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

President Trump has reversed course and says he won't withdraw from NAFTA. Also, a view into North Korea from the Chinese border and a proposed software to curb texting while driving.

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The View From The Chinese Border With North Korea

Thursday, April 27, 2017

One reason it's difficult for China to take a strong stand against North Korea's threatening behavior is their shared border. Taking down a regime has consequences for the countries that surround it.

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In Fast-Paced China, Marathon Craze Is Off And Running (Despite A Clumsy Start)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Six years ago, China held 22 marathons; this year, more than 400 are scheduled. But it's long-distance running with Chinese characteristics, and some twists including cigarettes and fruity soap.

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China Moves To Increase Number Of Electric Vehicles On Its Roads

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

By early next year, Beijing will require automakers in China to ensure that at least 8 percent of all vehicles they manufacture are electric.

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Morning News Brief: North Korea Missile Test, Turkish Vote, Ohio Manhunt

Monday, April 17, 2017

North Korea launched a failed missile test. Turkish voters granted the president sweeping new powers. Authorities in Cleveland search for a man who they say posted a video of a murder on Facebook.

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North Korea Accuses Trump Of 'Making Trouble' With 'Aggressive' Tweets

Friday, April 14, 2017

China's president is calling for a peaceful resolution to rising tensions on the Korean peninsula. This comes ahead of an important anniversary that North Korea often marks with tests of military might. North Korea is accusing President Trump of "making trouble" with his "aggressive tweets."

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Video Of Passenger Dragged From United Flight Goes Viral In China

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The airline overbooked and said it need his seat and three others. Refusing to leave, he was dragged off the plane. According to a witness, the man said he was targeted for being Chinese.

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News Brief: All Eyes On Tillerson's Moscow Visit, Kansas Special Election

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Moscow Tuesday. Will he take a tough line with Russia during his visit? And Democrats are feeling optimistic about a special election in Kansas on Tuesday.

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Why Chinese Scientists Are More Worried Than Ever About Bird Flu

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A rapidly evolving strain of bird flu has killed a record number of people this year in China. Scientists are concerned about its potential to spur a global pandemic.

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Summit Between China's Xi Jinping And President Trump Comes Amid Tensions

Thursday, April 06, 2017

"We worried if we did not take immediate stabilizing measures," a Chinese analyst says, "the relationship could nosedive and pose serious problems for our finances, economy and strategic security."

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With Trump Pulling U.S. From Trade Deals, Will China Take Its Place?

Thursday, April 06, 2017

As president Trump dismantles climate change and trade deals, some look to China to become a global leader. But experts inside of China are skeptical about whether the country is up to the challenge.

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Morning News Brief: Chemical Attack In Syria, China's President In The U.S., Beyonce

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

A roundup of news: President Trump condemns the apparent chemical attack in Syria, China's president will visit Trump Thursday and Friday at his Florida resort, and Beyonce releases a new video.

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Kushner Family, China's Anbang End Talks Over Manhattan Real Estate Deal

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Anbang had discussed investing more than $400 million to redevelop an office tower owned by Kushner Companies — a deal that raised ethical concerns.

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Carrie Lam, Beijing's Favored Candidate, Elected To Lead Hong Kong

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Carrie Lam vowed to "heal the divide" in Hong Kong society. Protesters have demanded more autonomy, after Beijing has increasingly interfered in Hong Kong's affairs.

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In Race For New Leader, Many In Hong Kong See 'Selection,' Not Election

Friday, March 24, 2017

Elections for the chief executive of Hong Kong, the city leader, are scheduled for March 26. But only a small group of people will be able to vote directly.

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Kushner Family Could Get Millions From Chinese Company In Real Estate Deal

Friday, March 17, 2017

The family of President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and a Chinese company appear to be close to a deal on a real estate property in New York City.

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As China's Coal Mines Close, Miners Are Becoming Bolder In Voicing Demands

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

State-run coal mines are shutting down in China's rust belt. Facing layoffs, miners are worried about their future — and in the absence of labor unions, are organizing to demand better treatment.

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U.S. Fast-Tracks Missile Defense System To South Korea, Drawing China's Ire

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The THAAD missile defense system will go up in South Korea to help defend against North Korea's missile program. But it's causing a geopolitical tussle.

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