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For Calum Macleod's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Apr 10, 2001

Spy-plane incident bolsters PLA position

BEIJING — America may translate as the “beautiful country” in Chinese, but it is also known as the arrogant superpower heir to the European invaders who carved up parts of China in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The spy-plane incident is rapidly inflating ...

Apr 3, 2001

Burying the Dover dead

As Dutch and British courts try suspects for the manslaughter of 58 illegal Chinese immigrants last June, Calum MacLeod meets the families chasing snakehead shadows. FUJIAN, China — Winter days are quiet for the people of Lianfeng, a small village on a finger of ...

Mar 4, 2001

Shangri-La: Paradise beyond the clouds

LIJIANG, China — The mystical land of Shangri-La, lost and found in recent years, has moved. It has also upgraded its attractions. This eastern Utopia still offers the tea shops, Tibetan lamas and snow-capped peaks of James Hilton’s 1933 bestseller “Lost Horizon,” but today’s ...

Feb 14, 2001

The Chinese are coming!

BEIJING — For centuries, Chinese living away from home loyally trekked back to their ancestral villages every Spring Festival. Last month, a record 45 million people hit road, rail and airlines during the seven-day public holiday. The most auspicious date in the lunar calendar ...

Feb 7, 2001

Saved from the 'bitter sea'

XIAN, China — When “Black Bean” was 4 years old, his mother and her lover stabbed his father to death. The lover was executed for murder and the mother was sentenced to 15 years in prison as an accessory to the crime. Yet the ...

Sep 24, 2000

Harry Potter in the Middle Kingdom

BEIJING — He’s your average, 11-year-old Muggle. An only child, prone to mischief whenever possible, he prefers computer games to books. Or at least he did, until he became a guinea pig for 300 million other children. “He was being very naughty, spinning round ...

May 17, 2000

A city of two tales

BEIJING Close to sunset, the Chinese national flag above Peach Garden School cast a long shadow on the muddy ground. Thirteen-year-old Li Jianrou, the daughter of migrant workers from Hebei, still lingered with friends in their ramshackle classroom. A peek into her home, just ...

Mar 15, 2000

China remains a paradise for pirates

Even by the standards of China’s billion-dollar piracy industry, it was a remarkable gaffe. The Guangzhou No. 11 Rubber Factory had opened its doors to London International Group executives, hoping to produce Durex condoms in China. As they moved from the latex dippers to ...