Frank Langfitt http://wfae.org en China Indicts GlaxoSmithKline Investigators http://wfae.org/post/china-indicts-glaxosmithkline-investigators Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Prosecutors in Shanghai have charged a British detective and his American wife with illegally buying and selling personal information about Chinese citizens. They were working for a company that was already under scrutiny from China's government. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports.<p>ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Last year, someone inside British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline alleged that the company's China office was bribing Chinese doctors and hospitals to use their medicines. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:31:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 54852 at http://wfae.org China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide http://wfae.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 54602 at http://wfae.org China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide Beijing: From Hardship Post To Plum Assignment And Back Again http://wfae.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 53602 at http://wfae.org Beijing: From Hardship Post To Plum Assignment And Back Again A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic http://wfae.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 53001 at http://wfae.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://wfae.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 52781 at http://wfae.org Want Time Off To Watch The World Cup? China Has Just What The Doctor Ordered Chinese Soccer Fans Sick Over World Cup Time Difference http://wfae.org/post/chinese-soccer-fans-sick-over-world-cup-time-difference Need time off from work to watch soccer? If you're in China, problem solved. Online stores can provide fake doctor's notes to get you days of sick leave. In China, the daily openers begin at midnight. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:12:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 52754 at http://wfae.org As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered http://wfae.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 52242 at http://wfae.org As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered Terror Attacks In China Take An Alarming Turn http://wfae.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 51961 at http://wfae.org Terror Attacks In China Take An Alarming Turn U.S. Teacher: I Did 7 Months Of Forced Labor In A Chinese Jail http://wfae.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 51913 at http://wfae.org U.S. Teacher: I Did 7 Months Of Forced Labor In A Chinese Jail Obama Urges China To Be Constrained Within International Rules http://wfae.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 51884 at http://wfae.org