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Leo Timm

Leo Timm covers China-related news, culture, and history. Follow him on Twitter at @kunlunpeaks
Beijing Censors Reports on China Eastern Crash That Claimed 132 Lives
Draconian ‘Zero-COVID’ policy may have contributed to tragic end for Boeing aircraft The March 21 crash of China Eastern flight MU5735 carrying 132 people has drawn international attention, with many expressing condolences for the tragedy....
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Step Down Amid Xi’s Struggle for a Third Term This Fall
Li Keqiang, premier of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), will be leaving office after completing his legal maximum of two terms early next year, as reported by various outlets.  The premier, who also serves...
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Xi Warns About Food Security at ‘Two Sessions’ Meetings: ‘China can’t be complacent’
War in Ukraine, bad harvests threaten crisis for the world's largest country by population At the “Two Sessions” meetings of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government held starting March 4, Chinese leader Xi Jinping...
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Blinken: NATO Countries Have ‘Green Light’ to Send Fighter Jets to Ukraine
Though the idea of NATO members donating combat aircraft to replenish Ukraine's embattled air force in the war against Russia was floated just days after the invasion began, officials quickly shelved the proposal as it...
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Ukraine: Russia Prepares Second Invasion Force to Encircle Key Cities, Shift Focus of Attack
Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, has stated that Russian armed forces are readying a second wave of troops to attack all across the front, which "we must approach as prepared...
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Zelensky Says NATO ‘Weak’ for Not Imposing No-Fly-Zone in Ukrainian Airspace
The action he proposes would see Western aircraft go into direct combat with Russia's air force — and probably lead to nuclear war The president of Ukraine has criticized the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for...
74% of Americans in Favor of No-Fly-Zone Over Ukraine Even Though It Would Lead to Nuclear War With Russia: Poll
Nearly three-fourths of Americans across the political spectrum said they agreed with a hypothetical NATO military action to support Ukraine — even though Russia has warned that doing it would result in a nuclear World...
Russia Confirms Destruction of Ukraine’s An-225 ‘Mriya,’ Largest Airplane on Earth
On March 4, a Russian television crew got close-up footage showing the wreckage of the world's largest and heaviest aircraft — and claimed it was destroyed by Ukrainian artillery fire. Built in 1985, the Antonov...
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Chinese Woman Accuses Executive of Pressuring Her Into Abortions, Leaves ‘Final Will’
A 23-year-old Chinese woman took to social media implying she will kill herself after using her real identity to report the alleged sexual misdeeds of the former chief economist at a state-run infrastructure company. Claiming...
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Is China the Real Winner of the Russia-Ukraine War?
News analysis  Early in the morning of Feb. 24, the Russian Federation launched a “special military operation” on multiple fronts across Ukraine, escalating a frozen conflict that began in 2014 to a full-scale invasion. The...
Russia Reveals the Meaning of ‘Z’ and ‘V’ Symbols Painted on Its Ukraine Invasion Units
For the week since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, observers from the amateur to expert have noticed the white sprayed-painted letters adorning tanks and other vehicles taking part in the "special military operation." While their utility...
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Russians Take Territory in Southern Ukraine, Surround Nuclear Power Plant
Update March 2: Recent developments suggest that Russian forces have surrounded, but not established control over the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station and the satellite town of Enerhodar. As the Ukrainian regular army and militias continue...