Lily Kuo, Washington Post

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Past articles by Lily:

Chinese college grads are ‘zombie-style’ on campus. Here’s why.

Three years of college under covid, only to emerge to a terrible job market. It's no wonder Chinese graduates are taking “zombie-style” photos of themselves flopped on the grass. → Read More

China, in swipe at U.S., accuses West of ‘sowing division and confrontation’

China's economy is slowing and unemployment rising as the country struggles to emerge from zero covid policies. Talk of "de-risking" isn't helping either. → Read More

China’s grudging welcome to Blinken: It’s all about the economy

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is heading to Beijing. Expectations are low, but analysts say it's good that China and the United States are talking again. → Read More

From the archive: How Hong Kong caught fire: the story of a radical uprising – podcast

From 2020: Hong Kong used to be seen as cautious, pragmatic and materialistic. But protests have transformed the city. As Beijing tightens its grip, how much longer can the movement survive? → Read More

China abandoned ‘zero covid.’ But some don’t want to leave it behind.

Critics call them paranoid; they call themselves prudent. These Chinese people are continuing to observe strict zero-covid rules amid a new surge of infections. → Read More

China prepares for new wave of covid cases from XBB variant

As immunity from the last big wave of infections wanes with the new XBB coronavirus variant, China braces for a new surge of covid cases. → Read More

China, ever so tentatively, signals willingness to talk to U.S. again

Relations between Washington and Beijing hit new lows with the balloon incident, but there are signs that Chinese officials might be interested in talking again. → Read More

China says relations with U.S. must be stabilized, avoid ‘downward spiral’

The meeting with the U.S. ambassador could lead to more senior-level exchanges after high-level contacts were frozen with the discovery of a suspected Chinese spy balloon floating over the United States. → Read More

The latest tool in China’s influence campaign: Police on social media?

Chinese security ministry has been linked to an influence campaign aimed at casting the United States as an irresponsible cyber power, according to a new report. → Read More

Prominent Chinese journalist faces espionage charges, family says

Dong Yuyu, a former Harvard University journalism fellow, was detained in February, in the latest sign of how boundaries are being redrawn in Xi Jinping’s China. → Read More

By embracing Putin, Xi defies the U.S. and exploits a global divide

Xi Jinping needs Russia in China's competition with the United States, but also wants to present himself as a champion of the Global South. → Read More

China pledges modest economic growth of about 5% in 2023

The National People’s Congress opened in Beijing. China’s rubber-stamp parliament is expected to approve a government overhaul that extends Xi Jinping’s control. → Read More

Before they floated abroad, China’s spy balloons were already used at home

China's use of balloons for “social stability maintenance” shows how Beijing is honing these monitoring tools at home for use abroad and in the case of war. → Read More

China rushes to cap damage over suspected spy balloon as Blinken delays trip

The incident is a setback to recent Chinese efforts to repair relations with the United States and revive its economy. → Read More

What China wanted out of Blinken’s now postponed visit

China appears to be trying to lower tensions with the U.S. after several rancorous years. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit will show just how amenable Beijing is willing to be. → Read More

Why China dumped its ‘zero covid’ policy so suddenly — and disastrously

Local officials turned what authorities had hoped would be a gradual reopening into a sudden one in their scramble to implement Xi Jinping's directives. → Read More

China sharply revises death toll linked to covid outbreak to 60,000 from 37

The announcement comes after criticism by international health experts and citizens that the government is understating deaths caused by the virus. → Read More

How bad is China’s covid outbreak?

Covid is spreading rapidly across China as hundreds of millions of people make plans to celebrate the start of the new lunar year. Is the surge past its peak or is more to come? → Read More

Satellite images show crowds at China’s crematoriums as covid surges

An analysis of satellite images and videos finds a dramatic increase in activity at funeral homes, undermining Chinese claims that outbreaks are under control. → Read More

A more pragmatic Xi Jinping launches a global charm offensive for China

HIs newly personable approach with world leaders is a departure from a combative style in recent years. But it's being challenged at home by pandemic protests. → Read More