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.
What’s Left of Notre Dame Cathedral After Its Devastating Fire
Two conflagrations that began in the evening of April 15 at the Notre Dame Cathedral burned for hours, devastating much of its interior and completely destroying its elaborate wooden roof. However, the cathedral’s medieval masonry...
Japan’s New Era Name: The ‘Beautiful Harmony’ of Reiwa
A special panel has chosen the new era name for Japan following the expected abdication of the island country’s current emperor, Akihito, on April 30. Each Japanese emperor has an era name, or gengo (元号)...
Qingming: Pure Brightness to Honor the Deceased
During ancient China’s Spring and Autumn Period almost 2,700 years ago, there was an official who was so loyal that he let himself be burned to death rather than risk dishonoring his prince. According to...
China Formally Purges Former Interpol President
The former Interpol president and vice-minister of public security in China, Meng Hongwei, has been formally expelled from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and removed from office, according to a statement from the Chinese authorities....
Trump Could Maintain Tariffs on China for a ‘Substantial Period’
Ahead of a much-anticipated new round of talks between Beijing and Washington, President Donald Trump said on March 20 that the United States could keep its tariffs active on China for a “substantial period.” According...
Taiwan Celebrity Takes Cultural Revolution-Style Abuse From Beijing
Eighteen-year-old Taiwanese actress and musician Ouyang Nana, recently embroiled in controversy surrounding her national identity, is now having further criticism heaped upon her by Chinese state channels for attending a Shen Yun classical Chinese dance...
Is Beijing Getting Ready to Tackle a Nationwide Crisis?
In recent years, China’s communist government has been getting more repressive, with expanding surveillance and Internet censorship, and the rapid construction of concentration camps for ethnic and religious minorities. All this has coincided with the...
Where China Gets Its Rocket and Aircraft Carrier Technology
Since the beginning of the 21st century, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army has been pouring hundreds of billions of dollars each year into upgrading and expanding its forces. In the last few years, China has...
China’s Leaders Eager for Trade Deal With the US
As the trade war ceasefire agreed to last December continues, officials in Beijing and Washington struggle to reach a trade deal that will be acceptable to both the Trump administration and the Chinese leadership under...
Sam Brownback, the U.S. ambassador for religious freedom, delivered a speech at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club on March 8.
US Envoy for Religious Freedom Takes China to Task in Hong Kong
Sam Brownback, the U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom, delivered a speech during a visit to Hong Kong strongly criticizing the People’s Republic of China for its “war on faith.” Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club...
Trump’s Summit With Kim Jong-un Sends Signal to China
U.S. President Trump, refusing to accept North Korean requests for a complete lifting of sanctions, chose instead to walk away from the Hanoi talks between him and Chairman Kim Jong-un without a deal. Afterward, Trump...
Film Exposing Confucius Institutes Screens in Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. — An hour-long panel discussion at Portland State University followed the March 4 screening of In the Name of Confucius, a 2016 documentary about the Chinese government-run and funded language programs that are...