June 27, 2011 Today on Talk of the Nation, NPR's Rob Gifford reflects on ten years in China, the gay marriage decision in New York, Sophia Nelson debunks myths about successful black women, and NPR's Linda Holmes warns culture junkies they'll never be able to get to it all.
Ai Weiwei in October 2009.
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June 22, 2011 The world famous artist had been detained since April. He's known for his efforts to expose social injustice. The official news agency claims he has confessed to avoiding taxes.
A Chinese man stands behind counterfeit cooking oil products placed next to the authentic ones during an event in Beijing Sunday to promote awareness of economic crimes.
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June 8, 2011 With China's rapid rise as an exporter of food to the U.S., a consumer group is calling for tougher quality checks and higher standards to make sure the products are safe.
May 31, 2011 "We will have to share power with a whole lot of others," he says. "We will have to recognize that we can't set the standards, we can't set the agenda, we can't set the rules."
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Pork is sold in a market in Beijing.
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April 29, 2011 Clenbuterol, a steroid sometimes taken by athletes to burn fat and grow muscle, has sickened hundreds of Chinese consumers in recent months after they ate pork meat contaminated with it. Many are still angry about the 2008 melamine milk scandal.
Ai Weiwei, one of China's most controversial artists, looks on during the 'So Sorry' exhibition opening at 'Haus der Kunst' on October 11, 2009 in Munich.
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April 16, 2011 The artist behind Beijing's Olympic Stadium is now in government custody and artists all over the world are planning protests in support of his release. NPR's Laura Sydell spoke with the controversial artist in 2008. Even then, he was pushing boundaries.
Alain Delorme's Totems.
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March 22, 2011 Alain Delorme blurs the line between fake and real with his images of migrant workers in Shanghai.
March 11, 2011 In China's latest five-year plan, the government says it wants less economic growth — and a greater focus on inequality and environmental problems.
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March 7, 2011 President Obama's choice of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will give the nation its first ambassador to China with known Chinese roots. Locke, a former Democratic governor of Washington state, has specialized in relations with China over the years.
Sparks flew at a steel mill in Hefei, in eastern China's Anhui province, on Dec. 23, 2010.
February 14, 2011 While Japan's economy shrank at the end of 2010, China's continued to expand — pushing it past its Asian rival.
Fireworks explode in the air to celebrate Chinese New Year on February 3, 2011 in Beijing, China.
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February 2, 2011 In China, it's already February 3, the first day of the new Chinese year. Sarah, for one, is welcoming the Year of the Rabbit with arms wide open, and chucking a surreptitious rude gesture at the receding Tiger.
January 19, 2011 Reid instantly realized his gaffe and corrected himself. He has a well-known knack for dropping word bombs, only to have to apologize later. This may be one of those times.
A Chinese customer checks out his newly purchased iPhone 4 at Apple's flagship store in Beijing. Mobile Internet use in China topped 300 million people in 2010.
January 19, 2011 There were 457 million Internet users in China by the end of 2010, according to a new report from the China Internet Network Information Center. That's more than one-third of the Asian giant's population.
January 18, 2011 "China is a huge beneficiary of the system that exists today" and will not want to change the dollar's status, the Treasury secretary says.
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The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force puts on an air display to mark its 60th birthday in Beijing on November 15, 2009. (Those are not stealth prototypes.)
January 6, 2011 As Defense Secretary Robert Gates announces new cost-cutting measures, the news from China of its efforts to produce a stealth fighter reminds world of its bid to transform its military.
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