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Leo Timm

Leo Timm covers China-related news, culture, and history. Follow him on Twitter at @kunlunpeaks
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft attend the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly on September 24, 2019 in New York City. World leaders are gathered for the 74th session of the UN amid a warning by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his address yesterday of the looming risk of a world splitting between the two largest economies - the U.S. and China.
Beijing Fumes as America’s UN Ambassador Announces Taiwan Trip
Kelly Craft, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will be making a 3-day trip to Taiwan between Jan. 13 and 15. She will meet with various Taiwanese diplomats and is the third senior American...
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden lectures at Sichuan University during his visit to China on August 21, 2011 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China. (Image: Getty Images) Communist China is eager to reconnect with its "old friends" after Biden becomes president.
Scholars Describe Communist China’s Presence in US
Political analysis Different from the Soviet Union, Communist China leverages economic strength to wield soft power over American politics and society Days after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris gave...
Falun Gong practitioners take part in a parade through Washington, D.C. in July 2017 to protest the Chinese regime's persecution of their faith. The U.S. Department of State (state department) led by Trump administration official Mike Pompeo has imposed the first U.S. sanctions on a CCP official for persecuting Falun Gong.
US Issues First Sanctions Targeting Beijing for Persecution of Falun Gong
The U.S. Department of State has sanctioned multiple foreign officials for their roles in politically motivated extrajudicial killings and severe violations of religious freedom, including the persecution of Falun Gong, the agency announced in the...
In the middle of November, 2,000 residents living in the Jiuhua Agricultural Science Demonstration Park in the northwestern outskirts of Beijing Changping District were given sudden notice that their homes would be subject to compulsory demolition, known as chaiqian in Mandarin.
In Forced Demolition of Beijing ‘Agricultural Park,’ Communist Party Fans Old Resentments to Make New Profits
In the middle of November, 2,000, residents living in the Jiuhua Agricultural Science Demonstration Park in the northwestern outskirts of the Chinese capital were given sudden notice that their homes would be subject to compulsory...
HONG KONG, CHINA - AUGUST5: Pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow Ting (L), Joshua Wong (C) and Ivan Lam Long-yin (R) speak to the press outside the court for illegal assembly charges in relation to a protest outside the city's police headquarters in June 2019, at West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts on August 5, 2020 in Hong Kong, China.
Hong Kong Sentences Democracy Activists for Violating National Security Law
On Dec. 2, a Hong Kong court sentenced pro-democracy leaders Joshua Wong,  Ivan Lam, and Agnes Chow Ting to 13 1/2 months, 7 months, and 10 months in prison respectively, for three counts of inciting,...
US Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping toast during a State Luncheon for China hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry on September 25, 2015 at the Department of State in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images)
How Xi Jinping’s Congratulations to Biden Could Backfire
The Chinese leadership’s delayed congratulations to Joe Biden and his running mate may have arisen from confusion — and perhaps self-inflicted misinformation — about the U.S. political process, according to China watchers.  On Nov. 25,...
President Obama nominates Dr. Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. Dr. Yellen has served in leadership positions at the Fed for more than a decade, including the last three years as Vice Chair. She also served previously as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, and was a leading researcher in monetary economics at Harvard and Berkely. She has been tapped to serve as Treasury secretary by Joe Biden.
Biden’s Pick for Treasurer Opposed China Tech Restrictions
Democratic U.S. presidential contender Joe Biden intends to make former Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen his administration’s Secretary of the Treasury, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing “people familiar with the decision.” An economist by...
The 10 Admonishments of Imperial Official Lin Zexu (Part 2)
Continued from Part 1 Lin Zexu (林則徐, 1785-1850) was an honest official in the late Qing Dynasty known for his strict crackdown against the opium trade in southern China. In 1839, he made a tour...
A statue of Lin Zexu in Chatham Square in New York City’s Chinatown.
The 10 Admonishments of Imperial Official Lin Zexu (Part 1)
Lin Zexu (林則徐, 1785-1850) was an honest official in the late Qing Dynasty known for his strict crackdown against the opium trade. In 1839, he made a tour of Macao and, seeing the ills plaguing...
Sam Brownback, the U.S. ambassador for religious freedom, delivered a speech at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club on March 8.
US Officials Speak Out on Forced Organ Harvesting From Religious Prisoners in China
The Trump administration has expressed concern about long-standing allegations that people imprisoned by the Chinese authorities for their faith are being murdered for their organs, which is called forced organ harvesting. On July 20, U.S....
He Escaped China Over a Decade Ago, but Memory of Repression Remains Close
In late 2000, China Southern Airlines pilot Zhang Guoliang lost his right to fly — for reasons that had nothing to do with his skills or professional record. Rather, it was due to his spiritual...
Hongkongers Defy Police Ban to Commemorate Tiananmen Massacre
Thousands of people gathered in the evening of June 4 in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park to hold a vigil for those killed during the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, ignoring police orders to stay...