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Leo Timm

Leo Timm covers China-related news, culture, and history. Follow him on Twitter at @kunlunpeaks
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Teachers, School Board Members Clash on Tennessee County’s Decision to Ban ‘Maus’ Comic Over Graphic Depiction of Holocaust
A Jan. 10 vote by the McMinn County School Board in Tennessee to ban Maus, an acclaimed graphic novel depicting the Nazi genocide in World War II has stirred up controversy and accusations of racism. ...
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Ordinary North Koreans Steal Feces for Fertilizer While Officials Import Chinese New Year Luxuries
In both North and South Korea, the lunar new year, known as Seollal, is supposed to be a time of celebration and feasting. As with their Chinese neighbors, Koreans welcomed the Year of the Tiger...
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China Isolates Foreign Olympic Athletes for COVID, Jeopardizing Their Participation in Games
More than 200 of some 8,000 foreign arrivals for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Feb. 1, prompting the Chinese authorities to isolate them in accordance with the regime’s...
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‘Brazen’ Chinese Espionage Against US ‘Felt Across the Country’: FBI Director Wray
The harm wrought by Communist China’s hacking, espionage, and other “unrestricted warfare” activities affecting the U.S. are “felt across the country in a whole range of industries,” FBI Director Christopher Wray told an audience in...
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Sun Lijun, China’s Ousted Vice-Minister of Police, Formally Charged With Political Crimes
The former deputy head of China’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS), Sun Lijun, has been indicted for a litany of crimes, from accepting “an exceptionally large” amount of bribes and illegal firearms possession to market...
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State Department Calls on Beijing to Allow Guo Feixiong Reunion With His Family in the US
U.S. Department of State spokesperson Ned Price released a statement on Jan. 14 calling on Beijing to immediately grant Chinese human rights activist Guo Feixiong permission to travel to the U.S. to be reunited with his...
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Xi Jinping’s First Military Order of 2022 Hints at Regime Instability Ahead of 20th Party Congress
News analysis On Jan. 4, Chinese leader Xi Jinping issued Military Order No. 1 to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the first task the communist regime’s armed forces received this year.  Though the order is...
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Why Xi Replaced Chen Quanguo, Infamous Party Head of China’s Xinjiang Region
News analysis Sanctioned by the U.S. for his involvement with the mass incarceration and “re-education” of ethnic minorities in China’s Xinjiang region, local Chinese Communist Party (CCP) boss Chen Quanguo would leave his post for...
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Chinese Military Deploys Troops as Xi’an Outbreak Worsens
Authorities report only a handful of COVID cases, but locals suspect the real concern is rodent-spread hemorrhagic fever Around 150 medical staff from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) air force have been dispatched to Xi’an,...
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‘Men Respectful, Women Humble’: The Truth About a Traditional Chinese Idiom
A much-maligned ancient Chinese saying, nan zun nü bei (男尊女卑), is often taken to mean “male superior, female inferior.” However, modern Chinese language and interpretation has obfuscated the meaning of the words, causing confusion about...
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Shanghai Man Raped and Enslaved Women in His ‘Red Mansion’ for Years; Chinese Voice Outrage at Authorities for Cover-up
It’s been months since a court in Shanghai handed down a suspended death sentence to tailor-turned-pimp Zhao Fuqiang for 20 years of rape, enslavement, and other abuses — but the silence of Chinese authorities in...
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Independent Chinese Journalist Produces Documentary Showcasing Communist Repression in Xinjiang
A Chinese “citizen journalist” has released a 20-minute documentary he shot in the country’s northwestern Xinjiang region, risking his safety to expose the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) repression of predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities, more than...