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.
Why the US Government Blacklisted China’s Huawei
Half a year after the arrest of its chief financial officer by Canadian police, the world’s biggest telecommunication firm suffered a new blow after the U.S. government put it on a list that effectively bans...
Footage From Chinese Labor Camps Sheds Light on 20 Years of Persecution
It was April 1999 when Wang Yifei decided to look deeper into Falun Gong, the spiritual discipline practiced by her parents and tens of millions of other Chinese at the time. Working as a journalist...
More Confucius Institutes Closed in Line With Pentagon Policy
Three universities in the United States announced in late April that they will terminate their Confucius Institutes (CI), the Chinese language education programs funded by the Chinese government. The decisions by the University of Oregon,...
130,000 Hong Kongers Protest Mainland China Extradition Agreement
Proposed amendments to Hong Kong extradition laws had over 130,000 residents of the former British colony out on the streets in protest, as passing the legislation would give the communist Chinese authorities the authority to...
May 4, 1919: When the Red Specter Entered China
2019 marks the 70th year since communist armies led by Mao Zedong conquered mainland China and imposed a brutal socialist regime upon the world’s most populous country. Under Mao and his successors, the Chinese Communist...
Japan’s Revised Immigration Law Aims to Attract Foreign Labor
Employers and government agencies around Japan are making adjustments following the promulgation of legal revisions to the country’s immigration policy. On April 1, the Basic Plan for Immigration Control was updated to address longstanding issues...
US and Japan Closer to Trade Deal After Trump-Abe Meeting
On April 26 and 27, U.S. President Donald Trump hosted his Japanese counterpart, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at the White House for bilateral trade talks, announcing that the two countries may come to a deal...
The April 25 Appeal: The Calm Before the Storm in 1999
Most people are familiar with the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, when thousands of Chinese college students demonstrating for democratic rights and clean government were slaughtered en masse by the People's Liberation Army in the center...
The US Has Reversed a Ban on Canadian Genetically Modified Salmon
In March, the Food and Drug Administration lifted an import ban on Canadian-produced genetically modified (GM) salmon, which is the world’s first GM animal approved for human consumption. Further sparking controversy, retailers will not have...
Pentagon: Space Force Necessary to Counter China and Russia
The acting secretary of defense has called the proposed branch of the U.S. military — the Space Force — a “low cost, low bureaucracy” solution to evolving threats from Moscow and Beijing, defending it in...
Iran Restarts Nuclear Work as US Officials Bicker Over Policy
Mike Pompeo, the Trump administration’s secretary of state, has rebuked lawmakers for naysaying his department’s policies on Iran, saying that delicate efforts were underway to pressure the Islamic State to give up its nuclear weapons...
China Could Lose Up to 200 Million Pigs to Swine Fever
Over half of China’s massive pig herd is threatened due to the rapid and unabated spread of African swine fever throughout virtually every province in the world’s most populous country. According to Rabobank, between 150...