Frank Langfitt http://kuer.org en What A Ban On Taxi Apps In Shanghai Says About China's Economy http://kuer.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 44671 at http://kuer.org What A Ban On Taxi Apps In Shanghai Says About China's Economy Protesters Fault Taiwan For Trade Deal With China http://kuer.org/post/protesters-fault-taiwan-trade-deal-china Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHANTING PROTESTORS)<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And this is what a protest sounded like a few days ago in Taiwan, more than 100,000 people protesting a new trade agreement building ties between Chinese and Taiwanese businesses. Students are also upset. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:14:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 44269 at http://kuer.org Satellite Images Show Potential Debris From Flight 370 http://kuer.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 43634 at http://kuer.org Could Malaysian Military Have Prevented Jet's Disappearance? http://kuer.org/post/could-malaysian-military-have-prevented-jets-disappearance Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>More mystery in the story of that missing jetliner. Malaysian officials say files from a flight simulator owned by the captain of the plane were deleted last month. They're trying to retrieve them. Investigators are examining the pilot's simulator to see if it provides any clues about the fate of the jet.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The search for the plane has now expanded to nearly three million square miles. And finding it could hinge on countries sharing sensitive military radar information. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 43586 at http://kuer.org Investigation Into Missing Malaysian Jet Expands http://kuer.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 09:04:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 43477 at http://kuer.org Satellite Signals From Missing Plane Raise Questions http://kuer.org/post/satellite-signals-missing-plane-raise-questions Conflicting information raises even more questions about the fate of the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared nearly a week ago with 239 people on board. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:17:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 43383 at http://kuer.org Broadening Search for Malaysian Airliner Still Yields Only Theories http://kuer.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 43168 at http://kuer.org Who's Behind The Mass Stabbing In China? http://kuer.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 42851 at http://kuer.org Who's Behind The Mass Stabbing In China? Hong Kong To Destroy Ivory Stockpile, But Will It Curb Demand In China? http://kuer.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 42251 at http://kuer.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://kuer.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 42042 at http://kuer.org Shanghai Warms Up To A New Cuisine: Chinese Food, American-Style China Ends One Notorious Form Of Detention, But Keeps Others http://kuer.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 41714 at http://kuer.org China Ends One Notorious Form Of Detention, But Keeps Others In China's Hugely Indebted Cities, Some Big Bills Are Coming Due http://kuer.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 41366 at http://kuer.org In China's Hugely Indebted Cities, Some Big Bills Are Coming Due How I Flunked China's Driving Test ... Three Times http://kuer.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 40940 at http://kuer.org How I Flunked China's Driving Test ... Three Times In Executing His Uncle, Kim Jong Un Sends Tough Message http://kuer.org/post/kim-jong-uns-aunt-appears-have-survived-political-purge The wife of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/12/13/250711321/was-north-koreas-no-2-killed-for-not-clapping-hard-enough">a top North Korean official who was executed last week</a> appears to have survived the latest political purge in Pyongyang.<p>Kim Kyong Hui, who is also the aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was named to an official funeral committee on Saturday. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 17:53:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 39588 at http://kuer.org In Executing His Uncle, Kim Jong Un Sends Tough Message For Working-Class Chinese, 'Picture Day' Is A Rare Treat http://kuer.org/post/working-class-chinese-picture-day-rare-treat A holiday gift of sorts came early in more than 20 countries over the weekend, as volunteer photographers shot free, studio-quality portraits of more than 16,000 people who otherwise couldn't have afforded them.<p>A working-class neighborhood of Shanghai was among the more than 130 sites where the photo shoots took place, part of a global project inspired by <a href="http://help-portrait.com/">Help-Portrait</a>, a U.S.-based nonprofit.<p>Ronny Chan, an electrical engineer originally from Hong Kong, was among the 16 volunteers at the New Citizen Life Center. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 39310 at http://kuer.org For Working-Class Chinese, 'Picture Day' Is A Rare Treat China's Latest Territorial Moves Renew Fears In Philippines http://kuer.org/post/chinas-latest-territorial-moves-renew-fears-philippines China is flexing its muscles these days. Over the weekend, it declared a sprawling air defense identification zone that covers disputed islands controlled by Japan. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 21:02:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 38844 at http://kuer.org China's Latest Territorial Moves Renew Fears In Philippines After The Storm: Commerce Returns To Damaged Philippines City http://kuer.org/post/after-storm-commerce-returns-damaged-philippines-city Commerce has returned to the storm-savaged streets of Tacloban in the past week. People sell bananas along the roads, and a bustling market has sprung up across several blocks downtown.<p>Jimbo Tampol, who works for a local Coca-Cola distributor, drives across Tacloban selling ice-cold sodas from coolers. In a city where there is no electricity and little refrigeration, a cold soda is a big deal, a symbol of normalcy.<p>Children crowd around Tampol's flat-bed truck to pay their 50 cents, as if buying ice cream on a hot summer day. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:38:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 38683 at http://kuer.org After The Storm: Commerce Returns To Damaged Philippines City In Violent Hospitals, China's Doctors Can Become Patients http://kuer.org/post/violent-hospitals-chinas-doctors-can-become-patients Several hundred doctors and nurses jammed the courtyard of the No. 1 People's Hospital in Wenling, a city with a population of about 1 million in Zhejiang province, a four-hour train ride south of Shanghai.<p>They wore surgical masks to hide their identities from the government and waved white signs that read, "Zero tolerance for violence."<p>"Doctors and nurses must be safe to take care of people's health!" video shows them chanting.<p>The medical workers were reacting to a triple stabbing at the hospital three days earlier. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:28:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 37817 at http://kuer.org In Violent Hospitals, China's Doctors Can Become Patients Someone In Central China Really Stinks At Photoshop http://kuer.org/post/someone-central-china-really-stinks-photoshop Local Chinese government propagandists have outdone themselves in what seems to be the increasingly competitive category of bad Photoshop.<p>This week's entry hails from Ningguo County in central China's Anhui province. The workmanship is so bad, it seems almost, well, effortless.<p>The photo, which <a href="http://beijingcream.com/2013/10/today-in-horrible-photoshops-officials-visiting-woman/">was posted</a> to the county's civil affairs website, purports to portray government officials visiting a 100-year-old woman. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:28:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 37477 at http://kuer.org Someone In Central China Really Stinks At Photoshop Desperate Chinese Villagers Turn To Self-Immolation http://kuer.org/post/desperate-chinese-villagers-turn-self-immolation In order to turn China into an urban nation, local governments have demolished tens of millions of homes over the past decade. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:12:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 37143 at http://kuer.org Desperate Chinese Villagers Turn To Self-Immolation China Experiences Surprise Drop In Exports http://kuer.org/post/china-experiences-surprise-drop-exports Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with a slide in Chinese exports.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>INSKEEP: Chinese exports showed a surprise drop last month, according to government figures.<p>As NPR's Frank Langfitt reports, the September numbers underscore some of the challenges facing the world's second-largest economy.<p>FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: Chinese exports dropped point three percent in September from a year earlier. It was the worst performance in three months. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:31:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 36733 at http://kuer.org Asian Allies' Anxieties Rise Amid Washington Paralysis http://kuer.org/post/asian-allies-anxieties-rise-amid-washington-paralysis The partial shutdown of the U.S. government has all sorts of costs — not only in the United States, but also overseas. President Obama had to cancel a trip this week to visit four nations in Asia so he could stay in Washington to deal with the political crisis. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 36506 at http://kuer.org Asian Allies' Anxieties Rise Amid Washington Paralysis For Some NYU Students, A Sweet Deal To Study ... In Shanghai http://kuer.org/post/new-york-university-students-take-chinese-101-china First-year college student Stephanie Ulan, from Queens, N.Y., had her sights set on New York University, in the heart of Manhattan's Greenwich Village.<p>She got her wish — sort of.<p>At first, the school offered her a generous scholarship but told her and her father they'd still have to take out big loans.<p>"My father is 62 years old," says Ulan, who plans to major in international relations. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:10:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 35902 at http://kuer.org For Some NYU Students, A Sweet Deal To Study ... In Shanghai Visit Paris And Venice In The Same Afternoon (In China) http://kuer.org/post/visit-paris-and-venice-same-afternoon-china Want to visit Paris and Venice in the same afternoon?<p>You can, if you're in China.<p>Chinese developers have <a href="http://www.theworld.org/2013/01/copy-that-architectural-borrowing-in-china/" target="_blank">for years</a> built residential communities that mimic famous European cities and towns. They are the subject of a new book, <em>Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China</em>.<p>One of the most striking examples is Sky City in coastal Zhejiang province. It looks just like Paris, down to the Mansard roofs, the narrow chimneys (they're fake) and balconies. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 07:24:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 35665 at http://kuer.org Visit Paris And Venice In The Same Afternoon (In China) China's Debate: Must The Party Follow The Constitution? http://kuer.org/post/chinas-debate-must-party-follow-constitution Several weeks back, officials with the East China University of Political Science and Law met one of its professors, Zhang Xuezhong, at his favorite hangout, a coffeehouse in Shanghai.<p>Sitting in a private room, they told him he was suspended from teaching for articles he had posted on the Internet. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:06:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 35574 at http://kuer.org China's Debate: Must The Party Follow The Constitution? Too Weird To Be True? In China, You Never Can Tell http://kuer.org/post/too-weird-be-true-china-you-never-can-tell <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imZAeLziAdw</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:57:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 34666 at http://kuer.org Too Weird To Be True? In China, You Never Can Tell Bo Xilai's Corruption Trial In China Kicks Off With A Twist http://kuer.org/post/bo-xilais-corruption-trial-china-kicks-twist In China, recent Communist Party show trials have featured cowed defendants acknowledging their crimes and offering apologies. Not this one.<p>The country's biggest trial in decades kicked off Thursday with the defendant, former politburo member Bo Xilai, denying guilt, claiming his confession was coerced and branding the testimony of one of his accusers — in this case his wife — "laughable."<p>Although the case was not broadcast live, the Jinan Intermediate Court in east China's Shandong province live-tweeted the proceedings. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:56:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 34320 at http://kuer.org Bo Xilai's Corruption Trial In China Kicks Off With A Twist China's College Grads Face A New Reality: Fewer Jobs http://kuer.org/post/chinas-college-grads-face-new-reality-fewer-jobs It's been about two months since college graduation, and more than 3 million graduates from this year and last still don't have jobs, according to government officials.<p>That's not in the U.S., but in China.<p>China is home to the world's fastest-growing major economy. But with nearly 7 million college graduates this year, a record number, finding work is tough and a worry for the ruling Communist Party.<p>Earlier this summer, thousands of new grads poured into an exhibition center in Shanghai for a job fair. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 06:55:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 34283 at http://kuer.org China's College Grads Face A New Reality: Fewer Jobs An American Headliner In China: Metallica's Shanghai Debut http://kuer.org/post/american-headliner-china-metallicas-shanghai-debut August is shaping up to be American music month in Shanghai. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15730259/metallica">Metallica</a>, the legendary heavy metal band, has just wrapped up its long-awaited China debut with two packed shows at the city's Mercedes-Benz Arena. This weekend, Limp Bizkit headlines a two-day festival. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:11:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 34003 at http://kuer.org An American Headliner In China: Metallica's Shanghai Debut 'It's Too Hot': Shanghai Wilts In Record-Setting Heat Wave http://kuer.org/post/its-too-hot-shanghai-wilts-record-setting-heat-wave Temperatures Wednesday in Shanghai hit an all-time high: 105.4 degrees, according to officials here. It was the hottest day in 140 years, since the government began keeping records.<p>The Chinese megacity is in the midst of its hottest summer ever.<p>Usually bustling streets are near empty at noon and thousands have gone to hospitals for relief. To get a feel for how people are handling the heat wave, I waded into a public pool in the city's Hankou district. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:59:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 33569 at http://kuer.org 'It's Too Hot': Shanghai Wilts In Record-Setting Heat Wave