Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

Real Estate Jumps In Chinese City Bordering North Korea

Friday, June 08, 2018

Investors from across China have flooded to Dandong, the commercial gateway to the Korean Peninsula.


1 Year Later At The North Korea-China Border, What's Changed?

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

China restricted trade with North Korea but where do things stand now that a summit is scheduled between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


What It Means To Be Taiwanese And Why It's Different Depending On Generation

Monday, May 28, 2018

In Taiwan, a generational divide colors people's views of of their national identity and threatens to tear families apart.


Taiwan Loses 2 More Allies To China And Scrambles Jets To Track Chinese Bomber Drills

Friday, May 25, 2018

Taiwan's president says China crossed a "red line" after Burkina Faso became the latest country to cut ties with the island in favor of Beijing.


FBI Indictment Opens A Rare Window Into How Chinese Firms Operate Overseas

Friday, May 04, 2018

The arrest of a man accused of bribing African leaders is shedding a rare light onto how China's government and its companies operate abroad.


Chinese Women Face Rampant Gender Discrimination From Employers, Report Says

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Human Rights Watch says 19 percent of job advertisements in 2018 were designated "men only." Meanwhile, several tech companies feature young female employees in ads to attract male counterparts.


China's Top Employers Routinely Publish Sexist Job Ads, Study Says

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A new report from Human Rights Watch claims that in China, despite economic growth and more opportunities for women, gender discrimination in job recruitment remains a serious problem.


Episode 837: The Belt, The Road And The Money

Friday, April 20, 2018

Today on the show, we connect the dots between New York, Uganda, Prague, and China's thirst for resources.


In Latest Trade Salvo, China Imposes 179 Percent Tariff On U.S. Sorghum

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

China's Commerce Ministry says the preliminary finding of a two-month anti-dumping investigation found that imports of the U.S. cereal grain have been unfairly subsidized.


China Ready To Lower Import Tariffs And Trade Barriers, Xi Says

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

As economic tensions rise between China and the U.S., Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a speech Tuesday emphasizing China's commitment to expanding its participation in global trade.


China Announces New Retaliatory Tariffs

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

China announced new tariffs on U.S. products in response to U.S. tariffs on Chinese products.


Facial Recognition In China Is Big Business As Local Governments Boost Surveillance

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

"The government is pushing the need for this technology from the top, so companies don't have big obstacles in making it happen," says an executive at a major Chinese artificial intelligence company.


Meet The Companies Behind Facial Recognition Technology

Monday, April 02, 2018

In China, face-recognition technology is being used for lots of things, from surveillance to ride-hailing and shopping. NPR's Shanghai correspondent Rob Schmitz tried it out and met with manufacturers.


Trade Dispute: China Retaliates By Slapping Tariffs On U.S. Products

Monday, April 02, 2018

China has raised tariffs on a number of U.S. products as a retaliatory measure after the U.S. announced its own tariffs.


News Brief: John Bolton's National Security Views, Chinese Tariffs, Gun Control March

Friday, March 23, 2018

President Trump says John Bolton, noted for his hawkish views, will be his new national security adviser. Also, Trump announced new tariffs on Chinese imports and we preview a march for gun control.


5 Ways China May Try To Win A Trade War With The U.S.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

After President Trump unleashes new tariffs, China has a number of key U.S. imports — from soybeans to airplanes and iPhones — that it can choose to strike back against.


American Business Leaders In China Concerned About Trump's Trade Actions

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

U.S. businesses in China have had intellectual property stolen, technology 'transferred' and some have had data taken from them by China's government. But many still oppose tariffs as a response.


Some Economists See A Plus Side In Eliminating Term Limits For China's Xi Jinping

Saturday, March 17, 2018

While this month's constitutional reform stirred political controversy, some economists say it could have a positive flip side for the global economy.


Chengdu Emerges As A New Home For Chinese Hip-Hop

Thursday, February 01, 2018

In the capital city of Sichuan province, rappers are channeling frustrations about China's education system, economy and the treatment of ethnic outsiders into their music.


How The Convenience Economy Has Led To Clutter In Urban China

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The advent of shared bikes and food delivery service apps have led to an unprecedented amount of clutter on the sidewalks of China's largest city. Where pedestrians once walked freely, they now have to compete with speeding electric scooters belonging to armies of food delivery men along limited sidewalk space due to heaps of shared bicycles strewn about.