Frank Langfitt en Made In The USA: Childless Chinese Turn To American Surrogates Chinese couples who are unable to have children are turning to a surprising place for help these days: America. By hiring American surrogates, Chinese couples get around a ban on surrogacy in China, as well as the country's birth limits.<p>It also guarantees their children something many wealthy Chinese want these days: a U.S. passport.<p>Tony Jiang and his wife, Cherry, live in Shanghai and couldn't have children naturally. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:45:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 27696 at Made In The USA: Childless Chinese Turn To American Surrogates Death Toll Expected To Climb In South Korea Ferry Disaster Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Nearly 300 people are missing after a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea. At least four people have died and over 50 are injured. There has been a lot of confusion surrounding this incident. Initial reports suggested most of the passengers had been rescued, but those reports turned out to be incorrect. A U.S. Navy ship is joining around 100 other vessels involved in ongoing rescue operations. NPR's Anthony Kuhn has been monitoring this situation from Beijing. We spoke to him earlier. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 27337 at What A Ban On Taxi Apps In Shanghai Says About China's Economy The Chinese mega-city of Shanghai has been cracking down on popular taxi-booking apps, banning their use during rush hour. The government says apps discriminate against older people and those who don't have smartphones.<p>But economists and some customers see the crackdown as a small, textbook case of something much bigger: the battle between the government and market forces in the world's second-largest economy.<p>The apps are designed to address a supply and demand problem. Shanghai has at least 50,000 cabs but nearly 24 million people, according to the government. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 26995 at What A Ban On Taxi Apps In Shanghai Says About China's Economy Protesters Fault Taiwan For Trade Deal With 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 26428 at Satellite Images Show Potential Debris From 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 25551 at Could Malaysian Military Have Prevented Jet's 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 08:57:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 25477 at Investigation Into Missing Malaysian Jet Expands The search for the Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing more than a week ago has expanded as officials still have little idea what happened to it. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:37:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 25327 at Satellite Signals From 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 14:29:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 25185 at Broadening Search for Malaysian Airliner Still Yields Only Theories Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>I'm Robert Siegel and we begin the hour with the mystery that has confounded the world for three days. What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? The plane disappeared Friday on its way from Malaysia to Beijing with 239 people aboard. Today, the search widened. Aircraft and ships from Malaysia, Vietnam, China and the United States are searching the South China Sea for any sign.<p>For more on this story, we turn to NPR's Frank Langfitt in Shanghai. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 24874 at 'Sherlock,' 'House Of Cards' Top China's Must-Watch List What do an eccentric British detective, a cut-throat Washington pol and a bunch of nerds at Caltech have in common?<p>They are characters in some of the most popular foreign TV shows in China.<p>Over the past five years, <em>The Big Bang Theory</em> alone has been streamed more than 1.3 billion times. To appreciate how much some young Chinese love the BBC series, <em>Sherlock</em>, step inside 221B Baker Street. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:04:00 +0000 Frank Langfitt 24825 at 'Sherlock,' 'House Of Cards' Top China's Must-Watch List