Laurie Chen
For Laurie Chen's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Analysts say the sentencing serves as a reminder of how fraught any improvement in relations will prove even after both Canberra and Beijing affirmed the need to bolster ties.
Feb 6, 2024
Harsh sentence for Australian writer tests ties with China
The sentencing serves as a reminder of how fraught any improvement in relations will prove even after both nations affirmed the need to bolster ties.
A Beijing court heard Yang Hengjun's trial in secret in May 2021 and the case against him has never been publicly disclosed. He has denied working as a spy for Australia or the United States.
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Feb 5, 2024
Beijing court gives Australian writer suspended death sentence
Yang Hengjun had been accused of spying for a country China has not identified and the details of the case against him have not been made public.
Guards raise Taiwan's national flag on the Democracy Boulevard at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei on Sunday.
Jan 16, 2024
China plays waiting game in run-up to Taiwan inauguration
China's muted response to the weekend victory by Taiwan President-elect Lai Ching-te may be the start of an uneasy four months before he takes office.
Chinese President Xi Jinping during a military parade in October 2019
Dec 31, 2023
Sweeping Chinese military purge exposes weakness and could widen
China's top lawmakers ousted nine senior military officers from the national legislative body on Friday, state media reported.
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian
Dec 29, 2023
After breakthrough talks, China's military slams U.S. for 'meddling'
U.S. officials had hoped last week's talks between U.S. Gen. Charles Brown and China's Gen. Liu Zhenli could herald a restoration in military ties.
A man sings for customers touring the Erhai lake on a sightseeing bus in Dali, in China's Yunnan province.
ASIA PACIFIC / Social Issues
Nov 27, 2023
Chasing a different dream, China's tech nomads head for the hills
In the mountain town of Dali, former city-dwellers in search of a space for open discussion and exchange of ideas in authoritarian China find refuge.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Bangkok in November last year.
Nov 14, 2023
How an executive's arrest struck a blow to Japan-China business
The arrest of a Japanese company executive in China has had what some Tokyo officials described as a considerable chilling effect on business.
Shi Tieniu, 39, sits in a room of an unfinished residential building at Gaotie Wellness City complex in Tongchuan, Shaanxi province, China.
ASIA PACIFIC / Social Issues / FOCUS
Sep 18, 2023
Broken dreams, shattered families in China's unfinished apartments
Since the property debt crisis began in 2021, thousands of homeowners have faced tough situations as smaller developers face liquidity issues.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (center) and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a picture during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 31, 2023
Xi likely to skip G20 summit in India: sources
The summit was considered an opportunity for Xi and U.S. President Joe Biden to smooth over recent trade and geopolitical tensions.
Pedestrians pass stores in Guangzhou. Economists say China needs measures to boost consumption and business confidence, but add that unlike previous slowdowns, there is no quick fix.
Aug 18, 2023
Why is China not rushing to fix its ailing economy?
Even in a country known for opaque decision-making, analysts are pointing to signs that Beijing seems hesitant to deliver the bold policies needed.
Chinese Special Envoy for Eurasian Affairs Li Hui gives a press briefing in Beijing in June.
Aug 6, 2023
China's Ukraine peace talks gambit shows shifts amid hard realities
Beijing appears to be confronting some hard realities as the conflict drags on, analysts say.
Japan Times
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
Apr 27, 2023
Jobless young Chinese seek solace in temples and tale of failed scholar
Despondent young worshippers crowd temples in China on weekends, as they pray to find jobs in an economy slowly clawing its way back from the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan Times
Apr 6, 2023
'A new starting point': EU and Chinese leaders meet in Beijing
French President Emmanuel Macron has said Europe must resist reducing ties with China and reject what some have cast as an "inescapable spiral" of tension between China and the West.
Japan Times
Mar 7, 2023
'Xi Jinping's guy': Longtime acolyte Li Qiang set to be China's next premier
Leadership watchers say Li Qiang"s closeness to Xi is both a strength and a vulnerability: While he has Xi"s trust, he is beholden to his longtime patron.
Japan Times
Dec 29, 2022
U.S. to impose China COVID testing as virus surge jangles global nerves
Beijing's sudden abandonment of tough measures to contain the coronavirus u2014 and surge in virus cases u2014 has caused jitters around the world.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 9, 2022
Beijing sees spike in 'underground' eateries
"It was quite secretive u2014u00a0you couldn't see the lights on the second floor from the outside."
Japan Times
Oct 29, 2022
Xi invokes Mao in visit to cradle of Communist revolution
Xi's choice to visit Yan'an u2014 a site inextricably linked with Communist China's founder Mao Zedong u2014 was an important, deliberate indication of the themes of his next five years.
Japan Times
Oct 24, 2022
It's a man's world: No more female leaders in China's Communist Party
In the world's biggest political party u2014 which counts 96 million active members u2014 women have never held much power, and now hold even less.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Oct 23, 2022
Former Chinese President Hu Jintao removed from Congress
Hu's departure was left unexplained, and the nation's censors appeared to quickly scrub any recent references to him from the internet.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation