Frank Langfitt http://ualrpublicradio.org en China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/chinas-booming-real-estate-market-finally-begins-slide After years of stunning growth, China's go-go real estate market is now in retreat.<p>Prices fell last month in 79 out of 100 cities, according to the China Real Estate Index run by SouFun Holdings, a real estate website. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:35:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 26225 at http://ualrpublicradio.org China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide Beijing: From Hardship Post To Plum Assignment And Back Again http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/beijing-hardship-post-plum-assignment-and-back-again As <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/12/07/143214875/clean-air-a-luxury-in-beijings-pollution-zone">Beijing's notorious air pollution continues to take a toll on people's health</a>, it's also making it much harder for foreign firms to attract staff there these days. Some companies are now offering more money, more vacation and shorter stints to lure people to China's capital. What was once a plum assignment for expatriates is increasingly seen as a hardship post.<p>Ask Micah Truman. He came to Beijing in 1994 and thought he'd never leave. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 25373 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Beijing: From Hardship Post To Plum Assignment And Back Again A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/how-bath-salts-drug-made-china-wreaked-havoc-us There were times a few years back when the emergency room at SUNY Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse looked like a scene from a zombie movie. Dr. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:16:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 24872 at http://ualrpublicradio.org A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/myanmar-modernizes-architectural-gems-are-endangered Decades of socialism and military rule kept Myanmar — or Burma, as it was known — poor and isolated.<p>There was one upside, though. The economy was so lousy, there was no drive to demolish the big British colonial buildings in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, and replace them with the glass and steel towers that now define much of the skylines in East Asia.<p>Today, downtown Yangon looks refreshingly different from practically every other sizable city in Southeast Asia. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 24232 at http://ualrpublicradio.org As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered U.S. Teacher: I Did 7 Months Of Forced Labor In A Chinese Jail http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/us-teacher-i-did-seven-months-forced-labor-chinese-jail Prisoner 1741 spent more than seven months inside a jail in southern China, assembling Christmas lights for export to America. Work days stretched up to 10 hours and conditions were tough, he says. One boss used strands of Christmas lights to whip workers and drive production.<p>Stories about forced labor have trickled out of China over the years, but what makes Prisoner 1741's so remarkable is that he isn't Chinese. He's American. Thu, 29 May 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 23978 at http://ualrpublicradio.org U.S. Teacher: I Did 7 Months Of Forced Labor In A Chinese Jail With A Heavy Hand, Chinese Authorities Crack Down On Mourners http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/heavy-hand-chinese-authorities-crack-down-mourners When people turn out to mourn the loss of loved ones, local authorities in most places treat them with respect. Not in the northwestern Chinese city of Urumqi last week, where 39 people were killed in a terrorist attack the government attributed to Uighers, a mostly Muslim ethnic minority.<p>After mourners left chrysanthemums by a charred tree where an explosive went off, riot police picked up the flowers and tossed them in dumpsters. Tue, 27 May 2014 14:20:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 23840 at http://ualrpublicradio.org With A Heavy Hand, Chinese Authorities Crack Down On Mourners China's Communist Party Learns The Fine Art Of Public Relations http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/chinas-communist-party-learns-fine-art-public-relations Openness doesn't come naturally to China's Communist Party. After all, China is an authoritarian state where people have little right to know how they are governed. Tue, 13 May 2014 15:48:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 23184 at http://ualrpublicradio.org China's Communist Party Learns The Fine Art Of Public Relations Obama Bolsters Philippines, With One Eye On China http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/obama-bolsters-philippines-one-eye-china Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. The Philippines sent the U.S. military packing more than 20 years ago. U.S. forces withdrew from Clark Air Base and from the naval base at Subic Bay. Well, today, just before President Obama touched down in Manila, the two countries signed an agreement to allow more American troops to rotate through the archipelago. Why the change of heart? Well, in a word, China. NPR's Frank Langfitt is following this story from Shanghai. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 22472 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Made In The USA: Childless Chinese Turn To American Surrogates http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/made-usa-childless-chinese-turn-american-surrogates Chinese couples who are unable to have children are turning to a surprising place for help these days: America. By hiring American surrogates, Chinese couples get around a ban on surrogacy in China, as well as the country's birth limits.<p>It also guarantees their children something many wealthy Chinese want these days: a U.S. passport.<p>Tony Jiang and his wife, Cherry, live in Shanghai and couldn't have children naturally. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 22116 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Made In The USA: Childless Chinese Turn To American Surrogates What A Ban On Taxi Apps In Shanghai Says About China's Economy http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/what-ban-taxi-apps-shanghai-says-about-chinas-economy The Chinese mega-city of Shanghai has been cracking down on popular taxi-booking apps, banning their use during rush hour. The government says apps discriminate against older people and those who don't have smartphones.<p>But economists and some customers see the crackdown as a small, textbook case of something much bigger: the battle between the government and market forces in the world's second-largest economy.<p>The apps are designed to address a supply and demand problem. Shanghai has at least 50,000 cabs but nearly 24 million people, according to the government. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 21612 at http://ualrpublicradio.org What A Ban On Taxi Apps In Shanghai Says About China's Economy