Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

Local Chinese Government Backs Titanic Replica

Monday, January 08, 2018

A businessman in a rural Chinese province is building the life-size Titanic which will be the centerpiece of a theme park. The local government is flooding the site with cash, hoping to draw tourists.


Livestreaming Country Life Is Turning Some Chinese Farmers Into Celebrities

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Enterprising young farmers in remote, rural areas have become Internet celebrities by livestreaming mundane details of their lives to urban Chinese audiences. They're part of a $3 billion industry.


North Korea Agrees To Reopen Communications Line With South Korea

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reopened a long-closed border hotline with South Korea. Officials in Seoul are calling the announcement a very significant step in restarting dialogue with the North.


North Korea Warns Its Nuclear Arsenal Is A Button-Push Away

Monday, January 01, 2018

In his annual New Year's address, North Korea's leader said his country had completed its nuclear weapons and that the "entire area of the U.S. mainland is within our nuclear strike range."


China Tries To Mend Relations Between Afghanistan And Pakistan

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

China hosted top diplomats from Afghanistan and Pakistan in a bid to mediate a long-simmering conflict between the neighboring countries. It was the first trilateral meeting among the three countries.


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.