Frank Langfitt http://ualrpublicradio.org en 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 Satellite Images Show Potential Debris From Flight 370 http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/satellite-images-show-potential-debris-flight-370 Host David Greene gets the latest from NPR's Frank Langfitt about the potential debris from Malaysia Flight 370 spotted by satellite imagery in the southern Indian Ocean. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 20562 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Investigation Into Missing Malaysian Jet Expands http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/investigation-missing-malaysian-jet-expands The search for the Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing more than a week ago has expanded as officials still have little idea what happened to it. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:02:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 20385 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Broadening Search for Malaysian Airliner Still Yields Only Theories http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/broadening-search-malaysian-airliner-still-yields-only-theories Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>I'm Robert Siegel and we begin the hour with the mystery that has confounded the world for three days. What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? The plane disappeared Friday on its way from Malaysia to Beijing with 239 people aboard. Today, the search widened. Aircraft and ships from Malaysia, Vietnam, China and the United States are searching the South China Sea for any sign.<p>For more on this story, we turn to NPR's Frank Langfitt in Shanghai. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 20085 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Who's Behind The Mass Stabbing In China? http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/whos-behind-mass-stabbing-china The Chinese government has blamed the deadly stabbing attack in southwest China on Muslim separatists from the country's northwest, but it has yet to provide hard evidence for the claim.<p>Police said they have captured the final three suspects in a knife attack that killed 29 people and left more than a 140 injured in the city of Kunming on Saturday, according to the state-run New China News Service.<p>Police say they shot and killed four suspects and captured an injured female suspect at the Kunming Rail Station, the scene of the massacre. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 19749 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Who's Behind The Mass Stabbing In China? Hong Kong To Destroy Ivory Stockpile, But Will It Curb Demand In China? http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/hong-kong-destroy-ivory-stockpile Lucy Skrine, 11, was walking through the bustling streets of Hong Kong a few months ago with fellow animal activists, holding signs in Chinese and English that read: "Say No to Ivory."<p>"There was one mainland Chinese that came around, and she said, 'Why can't we buy ivory?' " the sixth-grader recalled. Lucy explained that poachers had to kill the elephant to extract the tusks.<p>"When she learned this, she was like, 'What? Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:17:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 19112 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Hong Kong To Destroy Ivory Stockpile, But Will It Curb Demand In China? Shanghai Warms Up To A New Cuisine: Chinese Food, American-Style http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/shanghai-restaurant-makes-american-versions-chinese-food Imagine living in China and missing Chinese food. It happens. American expatriates who grew up with popular takeout dishes like General Tso's chicken can't find it in China because it essentially doesn't exist here.<p>Much of the Chinese food we grew up with isn't really Chinese. It's an American version of Chinese food. Chinese immigrants created it over time, adapting recipes with U.S. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:32:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 18883 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Shanghai Warms Up To A New Cuisine: Chinese Food, American-Style China Ends One Notorious Form Of Detention, But Keeps Others http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/china-ends-one-notorious-form-detention-keeps-others After more than a half-century and the imprisonment of millions of people without trial, China officially moved to abolish its re-education through labor camp system at the end of last year.<p>When the Communist Party makes such sweeping policy statements, it pays to be a little skeptical. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 08:28:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 18511 at http://ualrpublicradio.org China Ends One Notorious Form Of Detention, But Keeps Others In China's Hugely Indebted Cities, Some Big Bills Are Coming Due http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/chinas-hugely-indebted-cities-some-big-bills-are-coming-due In recent years, rampant borrowing has driven a significant chunk of China's economic growth. The bill is now becoming clearer — and it's big. Late last year, China revealed that local governments owe nearly $3 trillion – more than the gross domestic product of France, the world's fifth-largest economy.<p>One city with a sizable debt problem is <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/08/07/158352562/wu-where-opportunities-shift-to-chinas-new-cities">Wuhan</a>, an industrial hub that lies along the Yangtze River in central China's Hubei province. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:45:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 18117 at http://ualrpublicradio.org In China's Hugely Indebted Cities, Some Big Bills Are Coming Due How I Flunked China's Driving Test ... Three Times http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/how-i-flunked-chinas-driving-test-three-times Recently, I decided to apply for a driver's license in China. Since I already have one from the U.S., the main thing I had to do was pass a computerized test on the rules of the road here. I figured it would be a breeze.<p>Driving and car ownership have taken off in China. Last year, the country added nearly 18 million drivers. There is so much demand for licenses that I had to wait a month for the first available testing date.<p>The night before my test, I decided to take a practice one online. There were 100 questions drawn from a pool of nearly 1,000. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:42:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 17625 at http://ualrpublicradio.org How I Flunked China's Driving Test ... Three Times