China

EarthFix Reports
5:34 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Talks Set In Beijing On West Coast Shellfish Ban

Geoduck clams harvested from Puget Sound, along with most shellfish from the West Coast of the U.S., have not been allowed into China. But an upcoming meeting in Beijing between U.S. and Chinese officials could ease that ban.
Katie Campbell

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 1:36 pm

SEATTLE -- There are signs of a thaw in the icy trade relations between the United States and China over a Chinese ban on imported shellfish from the West Coast of the U.S.

Chinese officials have agreed to meet next week with U.S. counterparts to discuss China’s import ban on shellfish harvested from Alaska, Washington, Oregon and part of California.

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Chinese American
11:36 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Eric Liu: Chinese State Media Editorial On Locke 'Laughable'

The former Washington governor Gary Locke served as the U.S. ambassador to China from 2011 to 2014.
Flickr Photo/Linda Cotton (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University and former speech writer for President Bill Clinton, about the offensive editorial published in the Chinese state media about the departure of Ambassador Gary Locke.

Gary Locke
7:51 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Chinese Paper Calls Outgoing U.S. Envoy 'Yellow-Skinned, White-Hearted Banana Man'

The Chinese media may not like him, but Gary Locke, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to China, was praised by ordinary Chinese.
Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 9:05 am

Gary Locke may have won over ordinary Chinese with his conduct in the country, but not everyone was impressed with the first Chinese-American to serve as the U.S. envoy to China.

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EarthFix Reports
10:21 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Are You Going to Eat That? China’s Latest Reason It Considers Northwest Shellfish Unsafe

China's ban on West Coast shellfish continues nearly two months after it alerted U.S. officials of high toxins in two shipments of geoduck clams.
KUOW Photo/Katie Campbell

After China banned all imports of West Coast shellfish, officials in the U.S. defended the imports by saying the Chinese tested the wrong parts of the clams.

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Food Traditions
2:15 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Chinese New Year With Chef Ming Tsai

Chef Ming Tsai prepares food in the Here & Now kitchen. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 10:15 am

This Friday marks the beginning of the year 4712 in the Chinese Calendar, the year of the horse. James Beard Award-winning chef Ming Tsai joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson in the studio to discuss some of the customs of Chinese New Year, as well as the Mandarin, Hunan, Szechwan and Cantonese cuisines.

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EarthFix Reports
10:05 am
Wed January 22, 2014

New Study: China Exporting Goods, Air Pollution To US

A satellite image of smog over China. Westerly winds can carry air pollution from China across the Pacific Ocean in just a few days. A new study is linking air pollution in the Western United States to China’s booming exports.
NASA/NOAA

Westerly winds can carry air pollution from China across the Pacific Ocean in just a few days.

The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by researchers in the United Kingdom, China and the U.S.

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EarthFix Reports
10:29 am
Tue December 24, 2013

4 Weeks In, Locals Feel Pain Of China’s Shellfish Ban

Lydia Sigo, a geoduck diver and member of the Suquamish Tribe, is out of work right now because of China's ban on shellfish imports. She says her mortgage is due. "I can't keep going on like this very long."
Ashley Ahearn

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 6:00 am

SEATTLE -- Ninety percent of the geoduck harvested in Washington are sold to China and Hong Kong. It's an indicator of how much the Northwest shellfish industry relies on exports to China.

The crushing economic impacts of China's move are hitting locals in Puget Sound hard for the holidays.

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Shellfish Ban
9:25 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Chinese Documents: Tainted Geoduck Shipments Came From SeaTac And Ketchikan

About 5 million pounds of wild geoduck are harvested from Washington waters every year. Nearly 90 percent of U.S. geoduck exports go to China.

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 5:45 pm

SEATTLE -- New details have been released about geoduck shipments that Chinese officials say contained high levels of inorganic arsenic and the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning, or PSP.

In response to their testing, the Chinese government instituted Dec. 3 a ban all U.S. harvested geoduck clams and other bivalve shellfish from Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Northern California.

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Shellfish
3:12 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Taylor Shellfish Says China's Ban Is Hurting Business Already

China's recent ban on Northwest shellfish from Alaska to California is having a big impact on local producers.
Flickr Photo/Cedric Sam

Marcie Sillman talks with Bill Dewey of Taylor Shellfish about how China's recent ban on Northwest shellfish imports is affecting business.

EarthFix Reports
6:59 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Officials In U.S. Stumped By China's Claim Of Tainted Northwest Shellfish

This diver is legally harvesting wild geoduck from 40 feet below the surface of Puget Sound.

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 6:16 pm

Environment and health officials in the U.S. say they are puzzled by China’s decision to ban shellfish harvested from Northern California to Alaska. State officials say their records don’t show the same unsafe toxin levels that were detected by a lab in China.

China says it found toxins in two shipments of geoducks. These giant clams harvested in Puget Sound and Alaska can go for $150 a pound. Washington’s shellfish industry overall is worth $270 million, and China is the top export market.

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EarthFix Reports
9:11 am
Fri December 13, 2013

China Imposes First-Ever West Coast Shellfish Ban

Blake Severns inspects a wild geoduck just plucked from the bottom of Puget Sound. Severn is a diver with the the Washington Department of Natural Resources Aquatics Resource Division.

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 5:58 pm

China has suspended imports of shellfish from the west coast of the United States -- an unprecedented move that cuts off a $270 million Northwest industry from its biggest export market.

China said it decided to impose the ban after recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters were found by its own government inspectors to have high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.

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Cultural Divide
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Two Worlds, One Country: China’s Urban-Rural Split

Credit Flickr Photo/Samuel Vigier

Ross Reynolds talks with ContextChina founder Kristi Heim about the deep divide between China's urban and rural populations. 

Coal Terminals
2:05 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Could China Coal Cuts Help Sink Proposed Wash. Coal Ports?

Flickr Photo/Ryan Sitzman

China plans to cut coal consumption in major northern cities including Beijing and Shanghai by 2017 to curb pollution. Could this impact demand for Wyoming coal and proposed (and controversial) coal export terminals in Washington state?  Marcie Sillman talks it over with David Roberts who writes for the Seattle-based environmental magazine, Grist.

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ContextChina
11:48 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Covering The Connection Between China And Seattle

Chinatown International District, Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn

  Tomorrow kicks off the fifth round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. Here in the other Washington, economic ties to China are strong. Washington state is home to some of the largest international companies – Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing and Amazon to name a few. And a recent Chinese movie hit, “Finding Mr. Right (Beijing Meets Seattle)” has put the relationship between the two on the map. Ross Reynolds talks with Kristi Heim, founder of ContextChina, an online newspaper that covers the connection between Seattle and China.

International News
10:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

The Week's Other Leadership Contest: China

President Barack Obama, right, meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the APEC Summit in Honolulu in 2011.
Credit AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

The US presidential election is not the only major leadership contest happening in the world this week. On Thursday, China's Communist Party convenes to pick a successor to President Hu Jintao. Vice President Xi Jinping is expected to succeed him as all but leader of the country's military. University of Washington China scholar David Bachman joins us to discuss the changing Chinese government.

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