Frank Langfitt http://ktep.org en Death Toll Expected To Climb In South Korea Ferry Disaster http://ktep.org/post/death-toll-expected-climb-south-korea-ferry-disaster Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Nearly 300 people are missing after a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea. At least four people have died and over 50 are injured. There has been a lot of confusion surrounding this incident. Initial reports suggested most of the passengers had been rescued, but those reports turned out to be incorrect. A U.S. Navy ship is joining around 100 other vessels involved in ongoing rescue operations. NPR's Anthony Kuhn has been monitoring this situation from Beijing. We spoke to him earlier. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 38752 at http://ktep.org What A Ban On Taxi Apps In Shanghai Says About China's Economy http://ktep.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 38410 at http://ktep.org What A Ban On Taxi Apps In Shanghai Says About China's Economy Protesters Fault Taiwan For Trade Deal With China http://ktep.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 37856 at http://ktep.org Satellite Images Show Potential Debris From Flight 370 http://ktep.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 37014 at http://ktep.org Could Malaysian Military Have Prevented Jet's Disappearance? http://ktep.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 36947 at http://ktep.org Investigation Into Missing Malaysian Jet Expands http://ktep.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 36803 at http://ktep.org Satellite Signals From Missing Plane Raise Questions http://ktep.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 14:29:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 36663 at http://ktep.org Broadening Search for Malaysian Airliner Still Yields Only Theories http://ktep.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 36366 at http://ktep.org 'Sherlock,' 'House Of Cards' Top China's Must-Watch List http://ktep.org/post/sherlock-house-cards-top-chinas-must-watch-list What do an eccentric British detective, a cut-throat Washington pol and a bunch of nerds at Caltech have in common?<p>They are characters in some of the most popular foreign TV shows in China.<p>Over the past five years, <em>The Big Bang Theory</em> alone has been streamed more than 1.3 billion times. To appreciate how much some young Chinese love the BBC series, <em>Sherlock</em>, step inside 221B Baker Street. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:04:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 36314 at http://ktep.org 'Sherlock,' 'House Of Cards' Top China's Must-Watch List Who's Behind The Mass Stabbing In China? http://ktep.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 35885 at http://ktep.org Who's Behind The Mass Stabbing In China? China Blames Muslim Separatists For Deadly Attack http://ktep.org/post/china-blames-muslim-separatists-deadly-attack Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>China's official news agency is reporting that police have captured three suspects in connection with the weekend massacre at a train station in the country's southwest. The unprecedented attack, which involved long-bladed knives, left at least 29 dead and more than 130 injured. Officials are blaming it on Muslim separatists in China's far northwest, and state-controlled media are calling it China's 9-11. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:17:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 35858 at http://ktep.org Hong Kong To Destroy Ivory Stockpile, But Will It Curb Demand In China? http://ktep.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 34948 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 34643 at http://ktep.org Shanghai Warms Up To A New Cuisine: Chinese Food, American-Style China Ends One Notorious Form Of Detention, But Keeps Others http://ktep.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 34165 at http://ktep.org China Ends One Notorious Form Of Detention, But Keeps Others Air Quality Worries Dampen Chinese New Year Fireworks http://ktep.org/post/pollution-taints-chinese-new-year-fireworks People in China rang in the Year of the Horse overnight with the traditional barrage of fireworks, but Lunar New Year's celebrations in some cities were quieter than usual. After severe pollution choked much of eastern China last year, many people swore off the ancient tradition so they could protect their lungs and the environment.<p>Shanghai resident Shen Bingling used to celebrate by wheeling a luggage cart full of fireworks onto a street and joining the neighbors in igniting a frenzy of pyrotechnics. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:10:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 33870 at http://ktep.org Air Quality Worries Dampen Chinese New Year Fireworks In China's Hugely Indebted Cities, Some Big Bills Are Coming Due http://ktep.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 33654 at http://ktep.org In China's Hugely Indebted Cities, Some Big Bills Are Coming Due How I Flunked China's Driving Test ... Three Times http://ktep.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 33008 at http://ktep.org How I Flunked China's Driving Test ... Three Times In Fast-Changing China, Reality Can Overtake Fiction http://ktep.org/post/fast-changing-china-reality-can-overtake-fiction One of the challenges of writing about China is the country moves fast — sometimes faster than the publishing business. Take <em>Enigma of China</em>, the latest detective novel by Chinese-American author Qiu Xiaolong.<p>In one scene, Qiu's main character, Inspector Chen, sits in a Shanghai restaurant scanning a hotel where government agents are holding a corrupt official in secret detention.<p>Recently, Qiu took me on a tour of the book's real-life settings, including the site of that eatery.<p>"It's a restaurant with a red lantern, so it's lovely," recalls Qiu, returning to the spot. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 32215 at http://ktep.org In Fast-Changing China, Reality Can Overtake Fiction In Executing His Uncle, Kim Jong Un Sends Tough Message http://ktep.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 30950 at http://ktep.org In Executing His Uncle, Kim Jong Un Sends Tough Message For Working-Class Chinese, 'Picture Day' Is A Rare Treat http://ktep.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 30533 at http://ktep.org For Working-Class Chinese, 'Picture Day' Is A Rare Treat Biden Arrives In Beijing As Trouble Brews Over The East China Sea http://ktep.org/post/biden-arrives-beijing-trouble-brews-over-east-china-sea Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Vice President Joe Biden is in Tokyo today. He's there to reemphasize American support for Japan as it tangles with China over contested air space. China unnerved its neighbors late last month by declaring an air identification defense zone. The zone covers disputed islands in the East China Sea. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 30165 at http://ktep.org Chinese Welcome Easing Of One-Child Policy, But Can They Afford It? http://ktep.org/post/chinese-welcome-two-child-policy-can-they-afford-it Many Chinese are pleased with the recent announcement that their government will further loosen the country's one-child policy. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 20:54:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 29957 at http://ktep.org Chinese Welcome Easing Of One-Child Policy, But Can They Afford It? China's Latest Territorial Moves Renew Fears In Philippines http://ktep.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 29893 at http://ktep.org China's Latest Territorial Moves Renew Fears In Philippines More Changes For China After Leadership Conference http://ktep.org/post/more-changes-china-after-leadership-conference Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Two big announcements today from China. Its government said that it will further loosen the country's one-child policy and abolish its infamous re-education through labor camps. The news follows a special four-day meeting of the country's leaders, and to hear more about why China is doing this and what it might mean, we turn to NPR's Frank Langfitt in Shanghai. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:51:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 29152 at http://ktep.org Chinese Communist Party Meeting Promises Big, Yet Vague, Changes http://ktep.org/post/chinese-communist-party-meeting-promises-big-yet-vague-changes China's Communist Party wrapped up a four-day meeting Tuesday that could herald big changes for the nation's economy. The meeting carries the soporific title The Third Plenary of the 18th Central Committee. But historically, a third plenary has meant transformational reforms. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:31:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 28887 at http://ktep.org Western Media In China: Adjusting To The 'Anaconda' http://ktep.org/post/foreign-reporters-china-face-increasing-challenges <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQGMLlihZ1I</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:42:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 28754 at http://ktep.org Western Media In China: Adjusting To The 'Anaconda' China's Challenge: How To Keep Economic Boom Alive http://ktep.org/post/china-meeting-may-be-economic-game-changer How do you keep the world's longest economic win streak alive?<p>That's the question China's leaders face at a meeting that opens Saturday in Beijing. The meeting, known as the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee, is the most important of its kind in years, and for the planet's second-largest economy, a lot hangs in the balance.<p>In decades past, meetings like this have been game changers. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 09:47:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 28610 at http://ktep.org China's Challenge: How To Keep Economic Boom Alive In Violent Hospitals, China's Doctors Can Become Patients http://ktep.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 28482 at http://ktep.org In Violent Hospitals, China's Doctors Can Become Patients Someone In Central China Really Stinks At Photoshop http://ktep.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 28009 at http://ktep.org Someone In Central China Really Stinks At Photoshop Desperate Chinese Villagers Turn To Self-Immolation http://ktep.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 27569 at http://ktep.org Desperate Chinese Villagers Turn To Self-Immolation