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Laurie Chen
Japan Times
WORLD
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
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
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
WORLD
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 — and surge in virus cases — has caused jitters around the world.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 9, 2022
Beijing sees spike in 'underground' eateries
'It was quite secretive —u00a0you couldn't see the lights on the second floor from the outside.'
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 29, 2022
Xi invokes Mao in visit to cradle of Communist revolution
Xi's choice to visit Yan'an — a site inextricably linked with Communist China's founder Mao Zedong — was an important, deliberate indication of the themes of his next five years.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
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 — which counts 96 million active members — 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.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 5, 2022
How China's civil society collapsed under Xi
As Xi Jinping has sought to eliminate any threats to the Communist Party, nongovernmental organization workers, rights lawyers and activists have been threatened, jailed or exiled.

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