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.
Beijing Infiltrates Both Sides of Taiwanese Politics to Promote Division: Professor
Months ahead of the 2020 presidential elections in Taiwan, the issue of relations with mainland China looms large in public discourse, especially as Hong Kong simmers with unrest over the Chinese Communist Party’s continued disregard...
Trump Announces New Tariffs, Covering Almost All Chinese Exports
On Aug. 1, the day after U.S. and Chinese trade officials met in Shanghai to restart talks, U.S. President Donald Trump said via Twitter that his administration would impose new tariffs on US$300 billion worth...
Scholars: Communism, Not China, Is the Enemy
A July 3 open letter addressed to President Donald Trump and Congress has fuelled public debate about the methods and goals of Washington’s standing policies toward China.  In China is not the enemy, published by...
US Sends Clear Message on Communist China’s 20-Year Persecution of Falun Gong
In 1999, China was entering a period of unprecedented economic growth. Yet for tens of millions of upstanding Chinese citizens, awaiting them in the 21st century was one of the most harrowing episodes of political...
Ahead of Taiwan Elections, Opposition Party Denies Pro-China Leanings
The Chinese Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang (KMT), long seen as a pro-Beijing force in the self-governed island of Taiwan, has recently been making attempts to repair its public image in preparation for the upcoming presidential...
Beijing Says It Has ‘Basically’ Gotten the PLA to Stop Running Businesses
Xinhua, the state-run mouthpiece that speaks for the Chinese Communist Party, has announced the completion of a government campaign to “terminate all paid services” by the People’s Liberation Army.  According to Xinhua’s English-language statement: “The...
In Portland Event, David Matas Confronts China’s Medical Genocide
In 2006, Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas and former Canada's longest-serving parliament member, David Kilgour, co-authored a report investigating allegations that thousands of innocent people were being murdered in Chinese hospitals for the extraction and...
US-China Talks ‘Back on Track’ After G-20 Summit
The highly anticipated meeting in Japan between the presidents of the world’s two most powerful countries has yielded a new truce in the U.S.-China trade war, boosting optimism about the two leaders’ shared desire for...
US and China May Restart Trade Talks at G-20 Summit, Sources Say
Washington could be on track for renewed dialogue with the Chinese government as presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping meet at the G-20 summit in Japan, according to insiders “familiar with the situation” cited in...
Why Hong Kongers Are So Desperate to Stop the Mainland Extradition Law
A Hong Kong bill that would allow the extradition of suspects to mainland China has sparked what are by far the biggest protests in the city since 1997, when the United Kingdom handed its colony...
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China 30 Years After the Tiananmen Protests
China’s 10-year experiment with political reforms came to a head in the early months of 1989, when thousands came out to commemorate the death of Hu Yaobang, the ousted general secretary of the Chinese Communist...
Political Setback for Xi After Retired Party Leaders Make Appearances
Months of heated U.S.-China trade talks were derailed in early May when Beijing suddenly backtracked on much of what had been previously agreed to with the Trump administration. This prompted increased tariffs from Washington and...