Rob Schmitz appears in the following:
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.
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.
Monday, March 06, 2017
A surge of human infections in China of the H7N9 bird flu has health officials investigating the reasons why. More than 450 people have been infected this year and a third have died.
Monday, February 20, 2017
China produces 520,000 tons of garbage a day. To get rid of it, the government favors burning it, which harms the environment. One answer: sorting garbage and recycling. But that's proved challenging.
Friday, January 27, 2017
The Year of the Rooster begins Saturday, and hundreds of millions have departed to celebrate with family. "All the outsiders have left for home," says 85-year-old grandmother Yuan Suizhen.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
After China won its bid to host the 2022 Olympics, President Xi Jinping vowed to encourage winter sports. But so far, the country's first professional hockey club has struggled to find fans.
Friday, January 20, 2017
The inauguration in this country is being closely watched all over the world, including three countries whose relationship to the U.S. will likely change drastically under President Trump: Mexico, Russia and China.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Donald Trump chose Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as ambassador to Beijing because of old ties with President Xi Jinping and Iowa's history of trade with China. Branstad will have a tough job.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
China says it has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty. But who's doing the lifting? And why use the term "lifting" in the first place?
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
The app gathers personal data and gives residents a rating. A good score ensures discounts. A bad score may lead to problems. It's part of China's effort to create nationwide social credit system.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Bar Moju in Shanghai is tiny and only serves authentic concoctions created by its owner, Moe. To visit, you must make a reservation.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
It's an ancient scam, updated for modern times.
Friday, December 23, 2016
China and the Vatican are working to settle longstanding differences. Their efforts may pave the way for the Holy See and Beijing to work together to ordain bishops inside of China.
Monday, December 12, 2016
A single phone call has made the policy a central issue as Donald Trump prepares to assume office. The president-elect says he doesn't think the U.S. should feel bound by it.
Friday, December 09, 2016
Mongolian goats produce the world's highest quality cashmere wool, and international demand has soared. There's a problem, though. These goats are turning the country into an ecological wasteland.
Monday, December 05, 2016
The sparsely populated nation of nomadic herders rode China's booming economy by supplying it with coal. But as China's economy slows and commodity prices drop, Mongolia's economy is crashing.
Sunday, December 04, 2016
Some are in an uproar over President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwan's president. Yet the Chinese leadership has shown no interest in escalating the matter.
Saturday, December 03, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan's leader, Tsai Ying-Wen, breaking nearly four decades of diplomatic protocol and threatening to upset U.S. relations with China.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Mining once boomed in Mongolia but as commodity prices fell, the economy tanked and companies went bankrupt. Unemployed men are taking over abandoned coal mines to extract what's left. Some have died.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Donald Trump has business interests around the globe. There's talk about whether foreign powers will distinguish between President Trump and businessman Trump. We examine the case of China.