July 5, 2013 The recent movie remake of The Great Gatsby hasn't opened in China yet. But the Chinese are no strangers to its themes of wealth, ambition and corruption. In fact, many Chinese argue that the excesses of America in the Roaring '20s mirror those in China today.
June 28, 2013 China's economic growth has been fueled by bank loans that flow freely. But during the latest bout of turmoil, China's central bank indicated that it may no longer lend so quickly and cheaply. The so-called shadow banking sector is of particular concern.
June 18, 2013 China sees Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked details of the agency's surveillance programs, as the gift that keeps on giving. The country's state-run media has hailed him as a hero for exposing what it calls American hypocrisy.
June 4, 2013 The beloved six-story, yellow rubber ducky that's been bobbing around in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour has inspired companies to launch their own ducks in a number of mainland Chinese cities.
June 3, 2013 A state-run newspaper reports that all but one of the doors at the processing plant in northeast Jilin province was locked when flames broke out. The fire is one of the country's deadliest industrial accidents in recent years.
May 29, 2013 NPR's Shanghai correspondent Frank Langfitt worked in China in the 1990s when the bureaucracy was crippling. Back then, Westerners hired people to sit in line for hours to pay their bills. Now, you can waltz into convenience stores and take care of such tasks in minutes.
May 24, 2013 There is some political willingness, but because China is highly decentralized politically, the Communist Party has only limited influence over provincial governments and how they regulate their dirty factories. The powerful state-owned oil companies have also resisted pressure to produce cleaner-burning fuel.