Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

Trump Details Areas Where His Administration Views China As A Threat

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

China's initial response came from its embassy in Washington calling the administration's national security report "self-serving" and contradictory of its past inclination to partner with China.


Worries Grow In Hong Kong As China Pushes Its Official Version Of History In Schools

Monday, December 11, 2017

A new proposed curriculum for Hong Kong schools is missing key parts of modern Chinese history. The struggle over education is the latest battle with China over how the city is governed.


In Hong Kong, Booing China's National Anthem Is About To Get More Risky

Monday, November 27, 2017

In Hong Kong, it's practically a national sport to boo China's national anthem at soccer matches. But Beijing has made it illegal to disrespect the anthem, punishable by up to three years in prison.


Navy Calls Off Search For Missing Sailors

Friday, November 24, 2017

The U.S. Navy has ended its search for three missing sailors whose cargo plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean.


News Brief: Navy Aircraft Crash, Flynn May Be Cooperating With Russia Investigation

Friday, November 24, 2017

NBC's Geoff Bennett talks about the latest on the Russia investigation, including signs Michael Flynn may be cooperating. Also, the latest on the Navy aircraft crash in the Philippine Sea.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.