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Episode 139: When student athletes play hard, who gets paid?

Nov 12, 2019

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China 70

The lucky migrant workers who get to retire in Beijing

by Jennifer Pak Oct 4, 2019
While many people move away from the countryside for work, few of them are able to officially register in the cities.
A man sells dream catchers in Beijing. Few migrant workers from the countryside can stay in the city long term.
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The children of Chinese factory workers

by Jennifer Pak Oct 2, 2019
As part of a series on Communist China’s 70th anniversary, Marketplace’s China correspondent Jennifer Pak and Shanghai bureau news assistant, Charles Zhang, spoke to people in the country’s shoe industry – the world’s biggest – about their achievements and challenges over…
Hu Maolin was left in the care of his grandmother when he was two years old, while his parents worked in the cities.
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Canadian farmers caught in the middle of U.S.-China disputes

by Emma Jacobs Sep 30, 2019
Since Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou late last year, Chinese imports of several agricultural crops have slowed or stopped altogether.
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How tariffs leave businesses stuck in the middle

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Sep 9, 2019
"It's a very helpless feeling," said auto parts executive Kevin Feig, on being subject to tariffs.
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Trade showdown

China's new tariff retaliation hits U.S. auto and parts sectors

by Scott Tong Aug 23, 2019
China is the No. 2 export market for U.S. vehicles, notably the BMW X5 sport utility vehicle assembled in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.
Cars produced by SAIC Motor Corp. wait to be exported to the U.S. at a port in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province in 2018. China's new tariffs affect U.S. cars being exported to China.
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Trade showdown

China threatens retaliation if U.S. tariff hikes go ahead

by Associated Press Aug 15, 2019
Beijing will take unspecified “necessary countermeasures,” the Cabinet said in a one-sentence statement.
A woman walks past a screen showing stock prices at a securities company in Beijing on August 15, 2019.
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U.S. delays tariffs on some Chinese goods, drops others

by Associated Press Aug 13, 2019
The United States is delaying tariffs on some Chinese-made items and removing other Chinese imports from its target list altogether.
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As the U.S.-China trade war rages, an even bigger battle with Europe is brewing

by Stephen Beard Aug 12, 2019
Europe braces for renewed hostilities with the United States over import tariffs.
A worker fits a part to a wing of an Airbus passenger plane in Hamburg, Germany in 2017.
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In the U.S., China's economic slowdown starts to bite

by Sabri Ben-Achour Jul 24, 2019
Caterpillar has lowered expectations for the year, blaming tariffs and China's economic slowdown.
A worker looks on as a cargo ship is loaded at a port in Qingdao, eastern China's Shandong province in 2017.
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President Trump's tariffs are good for U.S. garlic growers

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Jun 20, 2019
"This is a really exciting time for the garlic capital of the world," says Ken Christopher of Christopher Ranch in Gilroy, California.
Executive Vice President Ken Christopher holds garlic cloves at Christopher Ranch in Gilroy, California.
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