Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

A Chinese Woman Does A Really Bad Job Pretending To Be Hit By A Car

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

It's an ancient scam, updated for modern times.


In China's Tiny Catholic Community, Hopes Rise For Beijing-Vatican Ties

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.


After Four Mostly Quiet Decades, One China Policy Is Thrust Into Spotlight

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.


How Your Cashmere Sweater Is Decimating Mongolia's Grasslands

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.


Once Booming, Mongolia's Economy Veers From Riches To Rags

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.


In Trump's Taiwan Kerfuffle, Beijing Has Been Uncharacteristically Measured

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.


Trump Talks With Taiwan, In A Move That May Spell Friction With China

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.


Amid Economic Crisis, Mongolians Risk Their Lives For Do-It-Yourself Mining

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.


Trump's Hotels In China Could Be A Conflict For The President-Elect

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.


Trump's China Stance Spurs Trade War Worries

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Trump has threatened to label China a currency manipulator and to impose large tariffs on its imports into the U.S. Economists say this would start a trade war, but what would that look like?


What Will A Trump Presidency Mean For China?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Trump has threatened trade retaliation. And his presidency could herald new instability in the region if he pulls back on the U.S. security umbrella that's been in place since the end of World War II.


China Bars 2 Newly Elected Hong Kong Legislators From Office

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

A ruling Monday in Beijing may mark the end of Hong Kong as we know it. The decision bars two young democratically elected lawmakers from taking office for refusing to pledge allegiance to China.


Hong Kong Wrestles With An Identity Crisis

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Two years after protesters shut down the city's financial center, a handful of the activists have won seats in the city's legislature. Now that they're in office, what does it mean for Hong Kong?


At 23, Hong Kong Lawmaker Promises Feisty Protests Aimed At China

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Nathan Law is the youngest elected official ever in Hong Kong. He plans more protests against China and he says he's willing to go to prison for his beliefs.


A Storied Hong Kong Newspaper Feels The Heat From China

Friday, September 30, 2016

Recently purchased by Chinese tech tycoon Jack Ma, the South China Morning Post, one of Hong Kong's premier newspapers, seems to be under pressure from mainland China, just like the city it serves.


On A Rural Taiwanese Island, Modern China Beckons

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The island of Kinmen is just 1 mile off the coast of mainland China, and many residents are divided over their increasingly cozy relationship with their wealthy neighbor.


Profiling Lives and Aspirations in Modern Shanghai

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rob Schmitz, China correspondent for APM’s Marketplace, embedded in Shanghai to tell the stories of ordinary residents. 

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30 Issues: China

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: What is the future of U.S.-China relations? Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations

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What We Know About Foxconn

Monday, April 02, 2012

Rob Schmitz, China correspondent of Martketplace, to talk about his recent visit to the Foxconn plant, and answer listener questions about electronics manufacturing in China

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Mike Daisey's This American Life

Monday, March 19, 2012

Rob Schmitz, China correspondent for Martketplace, talks about his reporting on This American Life, fact-checking Mike Daisey's story about factory conditions in China. On The Media host Brooke Gladstone joins the conversation.

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