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Leo Timm

Leo Timm covers China-related news, culture, and history. Follow him on Twitter at @kunlunpeaks
The Fall of China’s Superstar Fan Bingbing
China’s top-paid actress Fan Bingbing has been completely absent from the public for over three months following accusations of tax evasion. On September 6, a report by the Chinese state-run Securities Daily confirmed that she...
The True Jade of He Bian
Jade has been valued since time immemorial in China for its beauty and purity. A well-known story recorded by the Legalist Chinese philosopher Han Fei Zi alludes to these qualities as it tells of the...
The Legacy of China’s First Emperor
China has a history of around 5,000 years, but prior to the Qin Dynasty that began in 221 B.C., the concept of “China” was totally different than the one with which we are now familiar....
The Story Behind Qixi, the Chinese Version of Valentine’s Day
Qixi (七夕), also known as Double Seventh, is a traditional Chinese festival that comes from the ancient legend of a literally star-crossed love between a mortal and a divine being: Niu Lang and Zhi Nü...
Hedge Fund Manager Says US Tariffs on China ‘Level the Playing Field’
Even as worries abound about the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass, founder of Hayman Capital Management, believes that the U.S. government is taking a logical course of action. In an August 6...
The Epic Conquests of General Han Xin
China’s Han Dynasty (漢朝), founded in 202 B.C., lasted four centuries and inspired the modern name of the Han people, who make up over 90 percent of China’s 1.4 billion population today. But in many...
Facebook’s Stock Crash and Growth Dilemma
Facebook’s stock dipped US$120 billion on July 25, suffering the biggest financial loss of any company in history. Here’s what happened. The social media company released statistics on its earnings for the second quarter of...
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Unsafe Children’s Vaccines Have Caused an Uproar in China
Reports showing that a Chinese company sold and shipped over 250,000 unsafe doses of an infant vaccine have created massive public outrage, while the communist authorities act to censor information and discussion about the scandal....
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Economic Trouble Is Threatening China’s Investment Projects
In the small Balkan nation of Montenegro, Chinese loans are driving the construction of a 165-kilometer (103-mile) expressway through a challenging stretch of mountainous territory. But the Montenegrin government has more to worry about than...
The Fact and Fiction of China’s New Laser Rifle
Chinese scientists claim to have built a laser rifle, the ZKZM-500, that can fire 1,000 shots on a single charge and is effective up to half a mile (800 meters). According to reports, the weapon...
A Chinese Dissident’s Wife May Have Become Beijing’s Diplomatic Tool
Following eight years of house arrest, Liu Xia, the widow of Nobel Prize for Peace laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, arrived in Germany on Tuesday, July 10. Her brother, Liu Hui, remains in China....
This Chinese Province Is Restricting Abortion to Increase Birth Rates
Now, instead of requiring permission to give birth, women in southern China’s Jiangxi Province require permission to have an abortion. Introduced in 1980, China’s infamous one-child-policy resulted in a massive decrease in the population and...