Frank Langfitt http://wcqs.org en What Happens When A Beijing Man Invites Women Into His Lamborghini? http://wcqs.org/post/what-happens-when-beijing-man-invites-women-his-lamborghini Earlier this summer, a man drove around one of Beijing's nightlife districts trolling for women in an $800,000 Lamborghini convertible. At one point, according to hidden-camera video, he pulled up to a woman wearing a black skirt.<p>"Beautiful woman," he said, "are you alone? Is it convenient to go eat something together?"<p>"OK," answered the woman, who promptly climbed in, no questions asked.<p>"You got in my car. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:32:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 21935 at http://wcqs.org What Happens When A Beijing Man Invites Women Into His Lamborghini? China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide http://wcqs.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 20613 at http://wcqs.org China's Booming Real Estate Market Finally Begins To Slide Beijing: From Hardship Post To Plum Assignment And Back Again http://wcqs.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 19907 at http://wcqs.org Beijing: From Hardship Post To Plum Assignment And Back Again A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic http://wcqs.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 19470 at http://wcqs.org A Chinese Chemical Company And A 'Bath Salts' Epidemic As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered http://wcqs.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 18945 at http://wcqs.org As Myanmar Modernizes, Architectural Gems Are Endangered Terror Attacks In China Take An Alarming Turn http://wcqs.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 18745 at http://wcqs.org Terror Attacks In China Take An Alarming Turn U.S. Teacher: I Did 7 Months Of Forced Labor In A Chinese Jail http://wcqs.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 18711 at http://wcqs.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://wcqs.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 18694 at http://wcqs.org With A Heavy Hand, Chinese Authorities Crack Down On Mourners http://wcqs.org/post/heavy-hand-chinese-authorities-crack-down-mourners When people turn out to mourn the loss of loved ones, local authorities in most places treat them with respect. Not in the northwestern Chinese city of Urumqi last week, where 39 people were killed in a terrorist attack the government attributed to Uighers, a mostly Muslim ethnic minority.<p>After mourners left chrysanthemums by a charred tree where an explosive went off, riot police picked up the flowers and tossed them in dumpsters. Tue, 27 May 2014 14:20:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 18594 at http://wcqs.org With A Heavy Hand, Chinese Authorities Crack Down On Mourners Day After Bombing, Chinese City Very Tense http://wcqs.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 11:07:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 18440 at http://wcqs.org