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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Rush to join China-led bank embarrasses Washington

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Rush to join China-led bank embarrasses Washington

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The Takeaway

Hong Kong Leaders Open to Talks with Protestors

Friday, October 03, 2014

Hong Kong's Beijing-appointed leader announced that he won't be stepping down, but said he is open to talks with the protesters.

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The Takeaway

Uighur Leader Sentenced to Life in Prison

Monday, September 29, 2014

With the life sentence handed down to Uighur Leader Ilham Tohti, many say the ethnic minority group has now lost the voice of the movement.

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The Takeaway

Hong Kong's Democratic Awakening

Monday, September 29, 2014

Thousands in Hong Kong are stepping up to demand democracy, but the Chinese government is pushing back with tear gas, batons, and pepper spray.

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PRI's The World

China’s harsh punishment for a moderate Uighur could make things worse in Xinjiang

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Even cynics were surprised when a court in China handed moderate Uighur independence advocate Ilham Tohti a life sentence and severe economic penalties on Tuesday. Now observers think the harsh ruling may further stoke tensions and violence in China's Xinjiang province.

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PRI's The World

Hong Kong students are cutting classes for the sake of democracy

Monday, September 22, 2014

University students in Hong Kong don't have a reputation for being zealous when it comes to politics. But on Monday, an estimated 13,000 young people turned out for a pro-democracy rally to send a message to the central government in Beijing and pave the way for a broader movement.

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FT Big Read

China: saving the Yellow River

Monday, September 01, 2014

China: saving the Yellow River

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PRI's The World

Prejudice, exclusion and sexism is all part of life for a Tibetan migrant in Beijing

Thursday, August 28, 2014

American reporter Jocelyn Ford only set out to snag some contact in inaccessible Tibet. Instead, when she sat down to talk to a Tibetan woman named Zanta, she ended up as part of her own story, experiencing Zanta's struggles and the deeply-ingrained sexism of Tibetan society.

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PRI's The World

Beijing has a message for China's Cantonese speakers — stick to Mandarin!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Cantonese-speaking heartland of southern China is also the country's most populous region. But Beijing still considers the region's native language of Cantonese to be a minority dialect, and now it wants Cantonese broadcasters to switch to Mandarin — but why now?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hong Kong Rallies

Monday, August 25, 2014

New York Times reporter Michael Forsythe talks about the island's pro-democracy movement and the counter-protest held by Beijing loyalists earlier this week.

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From the Top

Beijing, China

Saturday, March 22, 2014

This week, From the Top crosses the world to Beijing, China, with a program from the Central Conservatory of Music, an institution that provides training to many of the best young musicians from all around the country and beyond. You'll meet a 17-year-old violist from Hunan province who performs Brahms, a 16-year-old violinist from Shanghai who performs Wieniawski, and two very young violinists from the United States who perform Bach, backed by the Great Wall Soloists led by Kurt Sassmannshaus.

From the Top

Beijing, China

Saturday, June 29, 2013

This week, From the Top crosses the world to Beijing, China, with a program from the Central Conservatory of Music, an institution that provides training to many of the best young musicians from all around the country and beyond. You'll meet a 17-year-old violist from Hunan province who performs Brahms, a 16-year-old violinist from Shanghai who performs Wieniawski, and two very young violinists from the United States who perform Bach, backed by the Great Wall Soloists led by Kurt Sassmannshaus.

World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Is war with North Korea imminent?

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Is war with North Korea imminent?

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The Takeaway

Growing Pressure with Chinese Government Begins to Boil

Monday, July 16, 2012

Two months ago, Chinese civil rights activist and law student Chen Guangcheng escaped house arrest and found refuge at the American embassy in Beijing. Shortly thereafter, he and his family were granted visas to travel to New York. The focus on Chen and the Chinese government continues, leaving the country in a vulnerable position to many unanswered questions.

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Transportation Nation

China Not Treating U.S. Automakers Fairly, Says Obama Administration

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Shanghai traffic (photo by http2007 via flickr)

The United States filed a complaint against China with the World Trade Organization over what it says are unfair trade practices for imposing new duties on American-made cars.

According to the complaint, which was filed by the United States Trade Representative on Thursday, "the United States has requested dispute settlement consultations with China at the WTO in an attempt to eliminate these unfair duties."

Last year, Beijing imposed import tariffs ranging from 2 percent to 21.5 percent on larger cars and SUVs exported from the U.S. In 2011, the U.S. exported more than $3 billion of these automobiles to China.

China has argued that General Motors and Chrysler have benefited from government subsidies, enabling the companies to sell cars at less than fair market value -- thereby hurting the Chinese auto industry.

Word of the complaint came as President Obama kicked off a two-day bus tour of Pennsylvania and Ohio. Ohio, a swing state, is home to thousands of auto workers.

"Americans aren't afraid to compete," said the president, speaking at a campaign event in Maumee (OH).  "We believe in competition. I believe in trade...so as long as we're competing on a fair playing field instead of an unfair playing field, we'll do just fine. But we're going to make sure that competition is fair."

White House spokesperson Jay Carney noted that this is the seventh such action taken against China, and denied the timing behind the announcement was politically motivated. "The fact is this is an action that has been in development for quite a long time." he said. "It simply can’t suddenly be a political action because it happens during the campaign."

China's once-booming auto industry is decelerating due to its slowing economy -- and its government's own efforts to get a handle on traffic. Earlier this month, Guangzhou became the third Chinese city to put a cap on annual car sales to combat growing traffic jams and pollution.

You can read a copy of the letter the USTR sent the WTO here.

 

 

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The Takeaway

Figuring Out What is Going on in China

Friday, April 13, 2012

China is having a difficult time keeping critical and controversial comments about the Chinese Communist party from circulating on the Internet. This time the source of the problem is the people of China trying to understand what's going on in their own government in the midst of the biggest political scandal in decades. Jonathan Fenby is a contributor to New York Times and author on Chinese economics.

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The Takeaway

China Newspaper Warns Troops Against Rumors of a Foiled Coup

Friday, April 06, 2012

China's Communist Party faces a leadership transition this year, and is showing increasing concern about gossip over a foiled coup. The Liberation Army Daily, China's top military newspaper, has warned troops to ignore any rumors they hear and steel themselves for an "ideological struggle" as the Communist Party undergoes changes to its central leadership. Viv Marsh is the Asia-Pacific editor for our partner the BBC.

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WQXR Features

Café Concert: Beijing Guitar Duo

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Beijing Guitar Duo hails from China, studied in the US with a Cuban guitar legend, and plays music ranging from Scarlatti to Brazilian samba. Watch the duo play live in the WQXR Cafe.

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: Beijing Bike Scheme, Florida Traffic Deaths Drop, Airlines Sue DOT Over Advertising Rules

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Top stories on TN:
Trying Out Staten Island's Bus Time (Link)
Montana To Parents, Kids: We Know It’s Winter — But You Can Still Walk & Bike To School (Link)
As Presidential Race Moves to South Carolina, Pothole Ads Do, Too (Link)
Amtrak: In 2012, We Want eTickets, Electric Locomotives, and Speedier Trains (Link)

Bicyclists in Beijing (photo by Superflow via Flickr)

Beijing will put 20,000 rental bikes on the street this year to ease congestion -- and open four new subway lines. (Xinhua)

Parts of Nigeria are under a curfew after protests against the ending of fuel subsidies grew violent. "Overnight, prices at the pump more than doubled...The costs of food and transportation also doubled."  (NPR)

Adding mass transit to the Tappan Zee Bridge would delay the project at least two years, says the head of the New York State DOT. (Journal News)

New MTA head Joe Lhota says he'll continue to pursue a smartcard system for NYC transit. (New York Times)

Traffic deaths in Florida dropped to a 33-year low in 2011, although the state's population doubled in that span. (AP via Miami Herald)

Some airlines are suing the DOT over its requirement that advertisements include all taxes and fees in ticket prices for flights. (The Hill)

Sales of diesel-powered cars in the U.S. rose  27.4 percent in 2011 while hybrid sales dropped 2.2 percent. (AutoBlogGreen)

Capital Bikeshare has posted data files with individual (but anonymous) trip data. (Greater Greater Washington)

DC's Metro would have to condemn many more properties than originally thought in order to build the Purple Line. (Washington Post)

Volkswagen unveils the E-Bugster -- an electric Beetle concept car -- in Detroit. (Gizmag)

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Beijing: Ancient Modern City

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Tom Scocca, managing editor at Deadspin, Slate columnist and author of Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future, discusses his new book and the ancient modern city he covered as it spiffed up for the Olympics.

Event: Tom will be appearing at Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway at 82nd Street in Manhattan, at 7pm Thursday, August 4, 2011. Or catch him at the powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street at Water Street in Brooklyn, at 7pm on Tuesday, August 9, 2011.

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