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Brenda Goh
For Brenda Goh's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jul 13, 2023
China's security hits embassy activities and LGBTQ events, some diplomats say
The challenges facing diplomats, mostly from Western nations, come as Chinese President Xi Jinping continues to wage his national security campaign.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 7, 2023
For Musk and other foreign CEOs visiting China, silence is golden
Musk, known for his unreserved banter on Twitter, was uncharacteristically silent on a whirlwind trip last week.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Mar 6, 2023
Chinese companies hang onto dollars and hedge to prepare for volatile yuan
Bankers say clients are reluctant to convert export receipts, with more than 30 A-share listed companies signing up to use currency derivatives for risk-hedging so far this year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech / FOCUS
Nov 29, 2022
Behind Foxconn’s China woes: Mistrust, miscommunication and COVID curbs
Tens of thousands of workers fled the company's plant in central China and violent protests erupted over a COVID-19 lockdown and confusion over hiring bonuses.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 28, 2022
Blank sheets of paper become symbol of protest in China
Images and videos circulated online showed students at universities in cities including Nanjing and Beijing holding up blank sheets of paper in silent protest.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Sep 23, 2022
As Putin escalates war in Ukraine, China stands awkwardly by him
Xi and Putin have grown increasingly close in recent years, bound by their mutual distrust of the West, and reaffirmed their partnership just days before Russia invaded Ukraine.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / ANALYSIS
Aug 17, 2022
Trapped cash mangles China's policy plans
Even before the rate cuts, China's interbank market rates were already much lower than policy rates, making PBOC's move look superfluous.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jun 1, 2022
After two months, a scarred Shanghai's COVID-19 lockdown ends
Following two months of frustration, despair and economic loss, Shanghai's draconian COVID-19 lockdown ended Wednesday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
May 1, 2022
As Beijing's COVID tightens curbs, hard-hit Shanghai sees signs of life
The outbreaks are testing the government's 'COVID zero' approach in a year when Xi Jinping is expected to secure an unprecedented third term as president.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 10, 2022
Shanghai residents question human cost of China's COVID-19 quarantines
Shanghai is doubling down on the quarantine policy, converting schools, new apartment blocks and vast exhibition halls into centers, the largest of which can hold 50,000 people.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 7, 2022
Chinese brands stay put in Russia for now despite Western exodus
On social media, the Chinese public has shown overwhelming support for Russia's attack, which Moscow calls a 'special operation.'
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Mar 1, 2022
On China's tightly controlled internet, Russia's attack stokes debate
Russia's invasion has been greeted with mixed reactions on Chinese social media, with some users saying it foreshadows how the West may respond if China seized Taiwan.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Feb 8, 2022
China gushes over Su Yiming and Eileen Gu, but Zhu Yi mocking rolls on
The 19-year-old fell on the ice and finished last, triggering a fierce backlash on Chinese social media that critiqued her performance.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Dec 22, 2021
China puts regulatory spotlight on livestream retail boom
Viya, dubbed the country's 'queen of livestreaming,' had her e-commerce and social media accounts shut down after she was fined more than $200 million for tax evasion.
Japan Times
TENNIS
Dec 20, 2021
China tennis star Peng Shuai denies she made sexual assault accusation
Peng's remarks on Sunday marked the first time she had addressed the matter on camera in public.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 2, 2021
Chinese government urges families to keep stocks of daily necessities ahead of winter
Local authorities were urged to make sure that prices and supplies remained stable as extreme weather and COVID-19 outbreaks have raised concerns about food security.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Sep 29, 2021
COVID-19 pandemic pushes Chinese tech giants to roll out more courier robots
More than a thousand courier robots are set to join the delivery personnel ranks over the next year as the pandemic fuels demand for contactless services.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 3, 2021
Tencent tumbles after China media calls online gaming 'spiritual opium'
A state-run outlet said many teenagers were addicted to online video games and called for more curbs on the industry.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 11, 2020
In China men's skin care boom, startups and investors seek rich glow
Already the biggest in the world, the Chinese men's facial skin care market is forecast to hit 12.5 billion yuan ($1.90 billion) this year — and expand 50% by 2025.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Apr 14, 2020
Getting a coronavirus test in Wuhan is fast, cheap and easy
Coronavirus tests can be difficult to come by in many countries, including in hard-hit parts of the United States and Britain, but in Wuhan, the Chinese epicenter of the pandemic, they are fast, cheap and easy to get.

Longform

Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?