Frank Langfitt http://nhpr.org en China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide http://nhpr.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 51650 at http://nhpr.org China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic http://nhpr.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 50271 at http://nhpr.org A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic Want Time Off To Watch The World Cup? China Has Just What The Doctor Ordered http://nhpr.org/post/want-time-watch-world-cup-china-has-just-what-doctor-ordered Need time off from work to watch the World Cup? If you're in China, no problem. Online stores there are providing fake doctor's notes — even extensive falsified medical records — to get you days of sick leave so you can enjoy your favorite teams.<p>The service may be particularly appealing, given the time difference with World Cup host Brazil. China is 11 hours ahead of Rio. So if you want to catch opening matches, you have to start watching at midnight, Shanghai time.<p>I'm not a big soccer fan, but I wanted to order my own doctor's note just to see how the process works. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:36:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 50114 at http://nhpr.org Want Time Off To Watch The World Cup? China Has Just What The Doctor Ordered Terror Attacks In China Take An Alarming Turn http://nhpr.org/post/terror-attacks-china-take-alarming-turn China has suffered small-scale terror attacks in the past that often targeted local government in out-of-the-way cities. In the past year, though, the attacks have taken an alarming turn.<p>Ethnic militants have gone after civilians outside their homeland and employed a relatively new tactic: suicide.<p>The change appeared to emerge in October last year, when several Uighurs, a mostly Muslim ethnic minority from Xinjiang, the country's rugged, northwest region, drove a jeep into a crowd around Beijing's Tiananmen Gate, near the iconic portrait of Communist leader Mao Zedong. Fri, 30 May 2014 10:19:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 49423 at http://nhpr.org Terror Attacks In China Take An Alarming Turn Obama Urges China To Be Constrained Within International Rules http://nhpr.org/post/obama-urges-china-be-constrained-within-international-rules Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>China came up yesterday when we interviewed President Obama. The president recently visited neighbors of China, including U.S. allies. Thu, 29 May 2014 10:09:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 49358 at http://nhpr.org Day After Bombing, Chinese City Very Tense http://nhpr.org/post/day-after-bombing-chinese-city-very-tense Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Men driving SUVs plowed into a crowded vegetable market in China yesterday and threw explosive devices out of their vehicles. At least 31 people were killed and more than 90 injured. The attack took place in Urumqi, which is the capital of China's northwest region. It has a heavy concentration of Muslims. It is the second major attack in that city in less than a month. NPR's Frank Langfitt is in Urumqi and is on the line with us right now. Fri, 23 May 2014 10:54:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 49028 at http://nhpr.org Russia's Putin Goes To Shanghai For Talks With Jinping http://nhpr.org/post/russia-tries-reach-gas-deal-china Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin have been all smiles as they emphasize improved relations between the two countries. Drawing them closer is their shared, tense relationship with the U.S.. Wed, 21 May 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 48866 at http://nhpr.org China Could Pass U.S. As Top Economy This Year http://nhpr.org/post/china-could-pass-us-top-economy-year Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The United States economy has been the largest in the world since the days when Ulysses S. Grant was president. That was in the 1870s. But a new World Bank report says by one measure that could change by the end of this year: China would take over the top spot this year.<p>To explain what the new report means and what it doesn't, we turn to NPR's Frank Langfitt. He's on the line from Shanghai. Hi, Frank.<p>FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: I should mention we said, by one measure, China could take over the top spot. Thu, 01 May 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 47706 at http://nhpr.org Protesters Fault Taiwan For Trade Deal With China http://nhpr.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 46047 at http://nhpr.org Satellite Images Show Potential Debris From Flight 370 http://nhpr.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 45336 at http://nhpr.org Could Malaysian Military Have Prevented Jet's Disappearance? http://nhpr.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 45277 at http://nhpr.org Satellite Signals From Missing Plane Raise Questions http://nhpr.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 45079 at http://nhpr.org Hong Kong To Destroy Ivory Stockpile, But Will It Curb Demand In China? http://nhpr.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 43677 at http://nhpr.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://nhpr.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 43422 at http://nhpr.org Shanghai Warms Up To A New Cuisine: Chinese Food, American-Style In Executing His Uncle, Kim Jong Un Sends Tough Message http://nhpr.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 40170 at http://nhpr.org In Executing His Uncle, Kim Jong Un Sends Tough Message