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Leo Timm

Leo Timm covers China-related news, culture, and history. Follow him on Twitter at @kunlunpeaks
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...
US Welcomes $12 Billion Investment by Taiwan Semiconductor Firm
The U.S. Department of State on May 14 commended the announcement by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) that it intended to spend US$12 billion on a factory in Arizona, saying that the move was “a...
Beijing Renews Plans for Private Sector Reform as Economy Sinks
The Chinese leadership aims to create a new mechanism that would open up more of the economy to the private sector and lessen state interventionism, according to a May 18 report by the Communist Party-run...
The Lies That the Communist Party Used to Start 2 Decades of Persecution
In the early morning of April 25, 1999, crowds of people began filing into the roads leading to and around Zhongnanhai, headquarters of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Beijing. They were largely silent, carrying...
Months After Outbreak, Origins of the Novel Coronavirus Remain Unclear
Virologists examining the novel coronavirus that has caused a deadly global pandemic are still looking for a missing link in the pathogen, but the Chinese Communist Party’s secrecy is making it difficult to collect the...
US-China ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal to be Signed This Month
The “phase one” U.S.-China trade will be signed by President Donald Trump and Chinese officials on Jan. 15 at the White House, the president announced on Dec. 31. “High level representatives of China will be...
Dozens in Central Chinese City Hospitalized for SARS-like Pneumonia
Twenty-seven cases of a “lung inflammation caused by a virus of unknown origin” have been registered in the city of Wuhan, central China, according to local authorities. Online media outlets and comments were quick to...
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‘Persist in 2020’: 1 Million Hongkongers Take Part in New Year March
Hong Kong saw as many as a million people march on New Year’s Day 2020, chanting pro-democracy slogans as they crowded the streets that afternoon.  Marchers held signs and flags emblazoned with protest slogans, such...
US and China Reach ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal, but Implementation Is Up to Beijing
After a year and a half of escalations in the Sino-U.S. trade war, officials in Washington and Beijing have announced the completion of a “phase one” trade deal.  While the deal represents a bright spot...
US Launches ‘Global Mandarin’ Network to Counter Beijing’s Propaganda
Two American state-run news services, Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA), have been tasked with running a new network to target Chinese speakers as a means of bolstering U.S. soft power and...
China’s Official Growth Figures Are Impossible, Says Economist
The Chinese government on Oct. 18 released its third-quarter GDP growth statistics, claiming that the economy had grown by 6.0 percent, 0.1 percent lower than expected by a Reuters analysis.  But according to an academic...