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Keith Zhai
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 27, 2020
Alibaba suffers culture conflicts
At Lazada, the Southeast Asian arm of Alibaba Group Holding, staffers are furious over demands that they submit health reports daily and other coronavirus-prevention steps seen as too invasive, highlighting a long-running culture clash with management from China.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Dec 3, 2019
How Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong's tycoon 'Superman,' went from friend of China to punching bag
In January 1993, an ambitious Chinese Communist Party boss — 39 years old, chubby cheeks and a mop of black hair — visited Hong Kong. He was seeking out the city's rich among the shimmering skyscrapers, hoping to secure investment in Fuzhou, the second-tier city he ran in mainland China. His name...
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Nov 26, 2019
China sets up Hong Kong crisis center in mainland and considers replacing chief liaison
Tightening its control over efforts to manage the upheaval in Hong Kong, the Chinese leadership has set up a crisis command center on the mainland side of the border and is considering replacing its official liaison to the restive semi-autonomous city, people familiar with the matter have said.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Oct 28, 2019
Amid crises, Xi Jinping seems set to uphold Communist Party rule at secretive China conclave
China's Communist Party leaders Monday kicked off their most important meeting this year, with President Xi Jinping expected to champion the Chinese model of governance while fighting protracted economic and political crises at home and abroad.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Mar 20, 2018
Xi to launch 'Voice of China' broadcaster to boost global image
China has approved the creation of one of the world's largest propaganda machines as it looks to improve its global image, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jul 16, 2017
Former Chongqing party chief and Chinese Politburo member under probe, report says
Sun Zhengcai, the former Communist Party chief of the Chinese city of Chongqing, is under investigation by authorities, the Wall Street Journal has reported, citing people it didn't identify.

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