Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

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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Morning News Brief: Senate Republicans Release Health Care Bill, China Vs. Golf

Friday, June 23, 2017

We look at the bill Senate Republicans have unveiled to overhaul U.S. health care. And China's government is cracking down on golf.

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China's Government Tightens Its Grip On Golf, Shuts Down Courses

Friday, June 23, 2017

China has had a complicated history with golf. At one time, the country seemed golf crazy, but it became synonymous with corrupt officials. Once again it is in the crosshairs of China's government.

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Why Is China Snatching Up Australian Farmland?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

In the past year, Chinese investment in Australia's overall agricultural sector has skyrocketed, from $300 million to $1 billion. It's all to feed the world's largest, fastest-growing consumer class.

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Chinese Businessman Disappears

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The disappearance of one of China's most well-known tycoons is the least of his company's problems. Anbang, the insurance company he has headed, has made very risky investments.

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Australia's Loyalties Are Shifting From The U.S. To China

Friday, June 02, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Australia next week. For decades, Australia has been one of America's strongest allies, but the country is in the midst of a pivot toward China.

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Morning News Brief: U.S. Pulls Out Of International Climate Accord

Friday, June 02, 2017

President Trump played to his base, ignored the advice of scientists, industry titans and world leaders and pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.

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The State Of The Great Barrier Reef

Thursday, June 01, 2017

A new paper says coral bleaching episodes due to climate change have made irreversible changes to the world's coral reefs. The challenge now is to keep them alive with good governance.

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Scientists Urge Governments To Protect Coral Reefs From Climate Change

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A paper published in Nature by the world's top scientists says climate change is making irreversible changes to the world's coral reefs, and the role before governments is to steer coral reefs in a way that maintains their biological functions.

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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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