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Leo Timm

Leo Timm covers China-related news, culture, and history. Follow him on Twitter at @kunlunpeaks
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Xi Visits Hong Kong as Propaganda Touts Chinese Regime’s ‘Strong Leadership’ in Handling the City
Chinese leader Xi Jinping visited Hong Kong on Thursday, June 30 to mark the city’s 25th year since its handover from British rule on July 1, 1997.  During the two-day trip, he met with more...
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Chinese Police Investigated Over Attack on Female Diners in Tangshan
A vicious attack on a group of four women in the northern city of Tangshan has set China’s social media ablaze as netizens demand an in-depth investigation into the incident and for the parties involved...
Chinese Navy Launches 3rd Carrier, Deploying New Electromagnetic Launch Technology
In a significant step for its growing development, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has launched its largest and most advanced aircraft carrier, the Fujian. Displacing more than 80,000 tons, the ship boasts electromagnetic...
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Xi Prepares Chinese Military for ‘Non-War’ Operations
On June 13, Chinese leader Xi Jinping signed an order providing “legal basis” for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to conduct “non-war military operations” as outlined in a 2013 white paper.  The directive, which went...
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‘Beautiful’ Globalism: Eileen Gu to Be US Olympic Ambassador After Competing for China in Beijing 2022
Speaking with TIME in New York, skiing champion Eileen Gu, who was born in the U.S. but competed for the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the 2022 Beijing Olympics, announced June 7 that she...
Despite Ban, Hongkongers Gather to Mourn Tiananmen Massacre
Even as space for free expression and assembly in Hong Kong disappears under communist rule, some of the city's people have taken the risk and continued the time-honored event of commemorating the June 4th Tiananmen...
Secretary Blinken Outlines Policy Towards China At George Washington University
In China Policy Address, Blinken Stresses ‘Rules-based Order’, Downplays Confrontation
After over a year in office, the Biden administration has unveiled its “Approach to the People’s Republic of China” in remarks given by Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday, May 26 in Washington, D.C....
Incoming Hong Kong Leader John Lee Strengthens Xi’s Authority Over City
John Lee Ka-chiu, Hong Kong’s former Security Security and a career policeman, has been selected to replace the city’s outgoing Chief Executive Carrie Lam.Lee, 64, was the sole candidate and received 99 percent of the...
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China Says H3N8 Bird Flu Has Jumped to Humans
A four-year-old in central China's Henan Province has contracted the H3N8 variant of the influenza virus, which was previously only known to be present in dogs, horses, and seals. The case, which was announced on...
China Deploys Censorship, Police Threats to Maintain Control Over ‘Zero-COVID’ Narrative
Authorities across China have resorted to increasingly harsher measures in the face of public backlash to the Communist Party’s draconian “Zero-COVID” restrictions, which currently are impacting life and work for hundreds of millions of Chinese. ...
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Sudden Closure of Beijing-based Duowei News Highlights Political Struggle in China
News analysis Duowei News, a Chinese-language online media outlet that had its headquarters in Beijing yet was allowed to publish articles critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and current leader Xi Jinping for years,...
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Russia’s March Through Izyum Could Determine Fate of Ukrainian Eastern Front
Russian buildup around key city imperils tens of thousands of Ukrainian troops in eastern Donbass region Russian forces have held the eastern Ukrainian city of Izyum for weeks, fending off several Ukrainian counterattacks on an...