China reported today its economy grew 10.6% in the 1st quarter, which may seem red hot, but it was 11.9% last year. So is China catching America's subprime cold? Or is it immune? The answer has big implications for the global economy. Scott Tong reports.
Those who think American stock markets are shaky should check out the Shanghai Composite index. It's off almost 35% so far this year. Marketplace's Scott Tong in Shanghai discusses the ways of Chinese investors with Kai Ryssdal.
Protests around the Olympic torch have focused the world's attention on Tibet, but discontent is rippling through other parts of China, too. In Xinjiang province, Muslim Uighurs are also asking for religious freedom and economic opportunity. Scott Tong reports.
Taiwan goes to the polls to choose the next president of the island nation, and for most voters the deciding factor is a candidate's stance on relations with mainland China. But as Scott Tong reports, Taiwan and China are economically intertwined even if they are politically at odds.
Getting across the Taiwan strait these days is a major hassle, even though there's plenty of business back and forth. Scott Tong recreates the journey of one American businessman who travels almost all day to get to his destination.
The port of Dubai offers a snapshot of the Middle East's place in the global economy. Goods and capital flowing between countries, with the U.S. rarely in sight. Kai Ryssdal and Scott Tong report from Dubai and the Chinese port city of Qingdao.
For every Indian or Pakistani who decides to leave Dubai, for every Bangladeshi who figures their opportunites will be better at home, there are dozens or hundreds of others who'll gladly replace them. Scott Tong met one of them in Manila.
Many Filipinos have taken to the streets to protest President Gloria Arroyo's policies with China. They are alleging corruption in Chinese-funded infrastructure projects, including one for a large-scale rail line. Scott Tong reports.
A large-scale Chinese IPO is hoping to raise billions to help build up the country's railway. Scott Tong reports China doesn't have nearly enough tracks to cover the millions of commuters on the rails.