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From Texas Standard : Over the weekend, President-elect Donald Trump took a controversial call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Ing-wen is also known by another title: the President of the Republic of China – the legal successor to the nationalist movement which fled the Chinese mainland in 1949. She positions herself as the legitimate claimant to rulership over China. Chinese officials, however, call her the leader of a renegade province. Beginning with former President Richard Nixon...

The U.S. and China are the two largest economies in the world — and interdependent in a host of ways. But as leaders from both countries start annual high-level talks in Beijing, disagreements over how China does business are creating some trust issues in the relationship. "You might want to think of the US China relationship as kind of like an arranged marriage," says Arthur Kroeber, a Beijing-based economist and author of China's Economy: What You Need to Know. "They're not in it because...

A 5,000-year-old brewery has been unearthed in China. Archaeologists uncovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Discovered at a dig site in the Central Plain of China, the kits included funnels, pots and specialized jugs. The shapes of the objects suggest they could be used for brewing, filtration and storage. It's the oldest beer-making facility ever discovered in China — and the evidence indicates that these early brewers were already...

Last October, China ended its 35-year-old policy of restricting most urban families to one child. Commonly referred to as the "one-child" policy, the restrictions were actually a collection of rules that governed how many children married couples could have. "The basic idea was to encourage everybody, by coercion if necessary, to keep to ... one child," journalist Mei Fong tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. Fong explores the wide-ranging impact of what she calls the world's "most radical...

Another sharp fall forced China's stock market to close less than 30 minutes after trading began Thursday, setting up another rough day for investors. In the first half-hour of U.S. trading, the Dow Jones index fell by more than 1.2 percent — and that was after clawing back 90 points of an initial drop. After trading in China was halted automatically the second time this week, officials said Thursday that they're suspending the "circuit breaker" that shuts down the market if a key index falls...

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