Leo Timm

Leo Timm is a writer and Chinese-to-English translator with extensive experience covering Chinese politics, society, and culture. Follow him on Twitter at @soil_and_grain.
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China Allies With Taliban After US Withdrawal From Afghanistan
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has moved rapidly to befriend the Taliban regime as the extremist group celebrates its conquest of Afghanistan following the final withdrawal of American troops on Aug. 31.  And the...
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Two More Cities in China’s Henan Issue Highest Flood Warning After Thousands Died in Provincial Capital
The cities of Xingyang and Changyuan in central China's Henan Province have raised flood control levels from I to II, the highest in the country's four-tier scale, as local authorities warn that floods of unprecedented...
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North Korea Is Trying to Build a Border Wall With China, But Can’t Get It Finished
Despite being generally aligned with Communist China, North Korea has long tried to keep its citizens from venturing across the countries’ shared border for work and opportunities to defect to South Korea.  To retain more...
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China Is Considering a Move That Effectively Scraps Population Control
A draft amendment submitted to China's government on Aug. 17 proposes lifting all fines for parents who choose to have more children than the current limit of three — a move that, if approved, would...
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Responding to Sen. Cornyn, Chinese State Media Says China Would ‘Liberate’ Taiwan Immediately if It Discovered the US Had 30,000 Troops There
Texas’ senior Sen. John Cornyn deleted his mistaken Twitter remark claiming that the United States had 30,000 personnel stationed on Taiwan, but not before Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-run media pounced on the error.  Hu Xijin,...
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Taiwan Rebuffs Chinese Propaganda Claims That Afghanistan’s Fate Is an ‘Omen’ for the Island
Communist Party-run outlets in China are touting the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan as a sign of things to come for Taiwan if war breaks out between the self-ruled island and the People’s Republic of China,...
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Hong Kong Group Famous for Mass Protests Disbands After Coming Under Investigation
In 2003, half a million Hongkongers marched to protest the planned activation of Article 23, which would threaten political freedoms in their city just six years after its return to China from British colonial rule. ...
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China Orders Temporary Stop to ‘Non-essential’ Passports
On July 30, Chinese authorities announced “a series of strict and tight policy measures” limiting the issuance of new passports. According to the state-run People’s Daily, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) National Immigration Administration...
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Falun Gong Under Renewed Pressure in Hong Kong as Establishment Lawmakers Call for Ban
New security chief declines to comment on legality of spiritual group persecuted in mainland China, but says investigation underway News analysis Falun Gong, the spiritual practice banned and persecuted in mainland China since 1999, is...
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US Closing Last Afghanistan Base as Biden Continues Withdrawal
The U.S. military is on track to end its almost two-decade-long engagement in Afghanistan by Sept. 11, with Bagram air base, a major installation near Kabul and the last operated by American troops, being handed...
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Infamous Article 23 May See Comeback as Communist Party’s Grip on Hong Kong Tightens
A long-dormant piece of legislation in Hong Kong’s Basic Law may be brought into action as the mainland Chinese regime tightens its political grip over the bustling port and financial hub.  Multiple Hong Kong officials,...
The Story Behind the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’
Many Americans are familiar with the first few lines of “The Star-Spangled Banner” — “O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light/What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming” — and...