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For James Pomfret's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Democracy hopes crushed in Chinese village

Asia Pacific Jul 4, 2016

Democracy hopes crushed in Chinese village

Hopes for democracy in the Chinese village of Wukan, where an uprising against corruption five years ago gained global notice and led to direct village elections, have all but evaporated, with protest leaders either in detention, in exile, facing arrest or quitting their posts. Villagers ...

Asia Pacific Aug 14, 2015

How smuggled workers power 'Made in China'

On a quiet river bend on the China-Vietnam border, a group of people clambered up a muddy bank. They had just glided across the river from the Vietnamese side in a longboat, guided by men on both banks signaling with flashlights. The passengers scurried over ...

China extends reach into Hong Kong to thwart democrats

Asia Pacific / Politics Jun 21, 2015

China extends reach into Hong Kong to thwart democrats

Hong Kong's democrats have won their battle to veto a Beijing-backed electoral reform package, but they now face an increasingly organized campaign by pro-Chinese government movements in the longer war over the democratic future of the former British colony. The tense hours before the vote ...