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Iain Marlow
Japan Times
WORLD
May 27, 2022
Antony Blinken aims at Xi in speech vowing to shape the global order
The top U.S. diplomat's comments were unusually direct, and his public remarks mirror the administration's classified China strategy, sources said.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 18, 2022
UFO sightings aren’t for ‘kooks’ anymore, U.S. lawmaker says
U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday held the first congressional hearing into UFOs since the 1960s.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 18, 2022
Hospitals under siege show Hong Kong squandered COVID edge
Experts say officials failed to prepare for the virus's inevitable infiltration during previous periods of calm.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 31, 2022
Hong Kong's 'COVID-zero' strategy is on the brink of collapse
Officials instead are pursuing what they call 'Dynamic Zero,” an approach that emerged from China and aims to work toward no new infections while acknowledging some may still occur.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 21, 2022
Why no major world power wants ASEAN to split up over Myanmar
Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi last week commended the Cambodian leader's visit to Myanmar, the first by a foreign leader since the coup.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 14, 2022
Hong Kong residents and travelers languish in quarantine chaos
The disarray has triggered a wave of anger from holed-up residents, and exposed a government underprepared for the highly infectious omicron variant.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 14, 2022
North Korea vows ‘stronger’ action in response to U.S. sanctions over tests
North Korea's Foreign Ministry said that the pursuit of an advanced hypersonic missiles system is the country's 'legitimate right,” and accused the U.S. of using 'gangster-like” logic.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 11, 2022
Hong Kong political elite get taste of their own COVID-19 rules
One day in quarantine was all it took for pro-China lawmaker Junius Ho to condemn the harsh pandemic restrictions his government has imposed on citizens.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 10, 2022
China moves Xinjiang police boss to top PLA role in Hong Kong
Maj. Gen. Peng Jingtang will work to 'firmly safeguard” the stability of Hong Kong, raising fears that Beijing is taking an increasingly hard line on security.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Dec 8, 2021
Why any war with Taiwan is a huge gamble for China’s Xi
For all the talk of Chinese President Xi Jinping's desire to invade Taiwan, one counterpoint is often overlooked: The domestic risks involved in starting a potentially devastating war.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Dec 3, 2021
Carrie Lam’s second term depends on 0.02% of Hong Kong’s people
Lam's approval rating plummeted to around 15% two years ago, and while it has since doubled, only about one in three residents support her.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 25, 2021
JPMorgan Chase CEO joins Lithuania and WTA in testing China on free speech
Jamie Dimon knew right away Beijing wouldn't like his joke about the Communist Party's downfall, noting immediately afterward: 'I can't say that in China.”
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 19, 2021
Hong Kong under pressure to track residents like China to open mainland border
City leaders have struggled to find a tracking system that both convinces Beijing to the unlock the border and avoids triggering a public backlash.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 9, 2021
Hong Kong won’t open to world until mid-2022, top official says
Like China, Hong Kong is still pursuing a 'COVID zero' strategy by implementing strict travel and quarantine restrictions, which have frustrated international businesses and residents.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 8, 2021
China uses fake U.S. aircraft carrier for missile target practice
New satellite imagery of a Chinese range in a remote western desert indicates the People's Liberation Army is focused on neutralizing a key tool of U.S. power.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Oct 29, 2021
Biden and Xi strive to thaw tensions while not looking weak on Taiwan
Underneath the surface, signs are increasing that the U.S. and China are starting to climb out of the diplomatic spiral that began with former President Donald Trump's steel tariffs in March 2018.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 13, 2021
Hong Kong Tiananmen Square memorial faces looming deadline for removal
The attempt to remove the sculpture was the latest move to suppress dissent in Hong Kong, where dozens of prominent activists have been prosecuted under the new national security law.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 12, 2021
Hong Kong risks global status as Singapore opens up to world
The divergence is raising questions about Hong Kong's future as a regional hub, particularly among an expat business community.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Sep 30, 2021
China's vaccine diplomacy drive falters as recipients turn to western shots
In the early days of COVID-19 vaccine rollouts, Chinese shots saved countless lives. But as the Western stranglehold on mRNA supplies loosens, a clear preference has emerged.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Sep 22, 2021
Hong Kong quietly widens national security law with subtle shift
City authorities have begun using the phrase 'contrary to the interests of national security” in recent weeks to define new red lines in the entertainment industry and the tax code.

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