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Steven Lee Myers
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 18, 2022
China decides not to sell Olympics tickets to Chinese public
Authorities in China, who had pressed ahead defiantly to fill the venues with spectators, have now had to bow to the grim realities of the pandemic.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Dec 16, 2021
Putin and Xi show united front amid rising tensions with U.S.
The leaders' meeting seemed intended as a riposte to the 'Summit for Democracy” that Biden hosted last week.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Dec 8, 2021
Before Biden’s democracy summit, China says: We’re also a democracy
Beijing argues that its system represents a distinctive form of democracy, one that has dealt better than the West with challenges like the pandemic.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Nov 27, 2021
In IOC’s ‘quiet diplomacy,’ critics see whitewash of China’s actions
For the its many critics, the guarded language the IOC used when referring to the Peng case was just the latest proof that it will not take any action that might upset China's government.
Japan Times
TENNIS
Nov 19, 2021
China can’t censor away growing anger over athlete’s #MeToo accusation
Peng Shuai's case is the first #MeToo accusation leveled against someone within the highest ranks of power in China.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 3, 2021
Shutting down historical debate, China makes it a crime to mock heroes
Under a new law, China has zealously prosecuted even the perceived slander of communist figures, broadening Xi Jinping's campaign to dominate party orthodoxy.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 1, 2021
Xi hasn’t left China in 21 months. COVID-19 may be only part of the reason.
Xi Jinping's lack of face time with world leaders signals a turn inward on domestic issues and a reluctance to compromise on the global stage.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 11, 2021
‘Starting a fire’: U.S. and China enter dangerous territory over Taiwan
The self-ruled island has moved to the heart of a deepening rivalry between the two superpowers, with the potential to ignite military conflagration and reshape the regional order.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 21, 2021
As Chinese vaccines stumble, U.S. finds new opening in Asia
Several Southeast Asian nations are raising doubts about the efficacy of China's vaccines. The Biden administration has recently offered to provide shots, “no strings attached.”
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 8, 2021
Heads up! A used Chinese rocket is tumbling back to Earth this weekend.
The chances of it hitting a populated area are small, but not zero. That has raised questions about how the country's space program designs its missions.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 18, 2021
Despite tensions, U.S. and China agree to work together on climate change
The agreement comes only days before Biden is scheduled to hold a virtual climate summit with world leaders, hoping to prod countries to do more to reduce emissions.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 20, 2021
China is preparing for another Olympics in Beijing, like it or not
When Beijing staged the Summer Olympic Games in 2008, many argued — or at least hoped — that the international attention would improve human rights in China. It didn’t.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Dec 5, 2020
Ignored and ridiculed, she wages a lonesome climate crusade
Called the Greta Thunberg of China, Ou Hongyi, 17, has been ignored, ridiculed and ostracized as well as harassed by school officials and the police for her activism.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 28, 2020
Beijing takes its South China Sea strategy to the Himalayas
This year, China's military built up forces in the Himalayas and crossed into territory that India claimed, leading to China's bloodiest clash in decades.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Nov 10, 2020
Buffeted by Trump, China has little hope for warmer relations with Biden
While many will welcome an expected change in tone, few expect Biden to quickly reverse the confrontational policies his predecessor has put in place.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 30, 2020
As the West stumbles, ‘helmsman’ Xi pushes an ambitious plan for China
A Communist Party conclave concluded Thursday with a rousing statement lauding Xi as the party's helmsman, affirming his broad mandate as leader.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 22, 2020
After COVID-19, China’s leaders face new challenges from flooding
Having brought the coronavirus pandemic largely under control, China’s leaders are now struggling with a surge of crippling floods that have killed hundreds of people and displaced millions across the central and southwestern parts of the country.

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