From American Public Media's Marketplace China Bureau in downtown Shanghai, a blog devoted to listeners who want to keep tabs on the hottest economy on the planet. The China Bureau supplements Marketplace's steady stream of China coverage with insightful, humorous, and sometimes downright bizarre observations on the Middle Kingdom written with a Marketplace perspective by China Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz. The China Bureau will not only aggregate news from around China and provide listeners with what they need to know, but it'll also provide original content using a variety of media. Finally, The China Bureau will feature commentary from leading economists, consultants, marketers, and business professionals who live and breathe China.

About China Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz

Rob Schmitz is the China Bureau Chief for Marketplace. He's spent a decade in radio news. Previously he worked as the Los Angeles Bureau Chief for 'The California Report,' produced by NPR affiliate KQED. He's also been a reporter at KPCC (Southern California Public Radio) and Minnesota Public Radio. Schmitz has reported from locations throughout the world, including Mexico, Japan, and in 2009, he covered the United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. Schmitz is also a freelance video journalist. He's worked on documentaries in China for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and New York Times Television. Previously Schmitz was a freelance writer in China's Sichuan Province, where he lived for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer and nearly another year as a journalist. His work has appeared on The Learning Channel, the CBC, and in publications including The New York Times, The Star-Ledger and The Christian Science Monitor. He has a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He resides in Shanghai with his wife Lenora and their son Rainer.

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