Latest from David Crawshaw

China beat back covid-19 in 2020. Then it really flexed its muscles at home and abroad.

This was the year that China showed the world it would rather be feared than loved.
  • Dec 28, 2020

Australia suffers its own ‘Pizzagate’ — with a side of coronavirus

A pizza chef's lie to contact tracers in Adelaide prompted a statewide lockdown, which was suddenly reversed after officials uncovered the deceit.
  • Nov 20, 2020

Lost in translation: The U.S. presidential debate in Japan

Thanks to some heroic simultaneous interpreters, Japanese viewers were treated to the real-time raw chaos of the dueling candidates.
  • Sep 30, 2020

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resigns, citing health reasons

Speculation about the conservative leader’s condition had increased after recent visits to the hospital.
  • Aug 28, 2020

Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty, invites migrants from city

China warned of retaliation after the U.S. ally offered refuge and a path to residency for Hong Kongers.
  • Jul 9, 2020

Beijing’s secret police get a room with a view in Hong Kong

China’s new security agency in the city will operate out of a four-star hotel that offers a vantage point over key protest zones — and a rooftop pool.
  • Jul 8, 2020

China slams ‘arrogant and dangerous’ U.S. over Hong Kong democracy bill as city’s dysfunction deepens

Lawmakers disrupted a speech by Hong Kong’s leader, while Beijing said it rejects any foreign interference and accused Washington of harboring sinister intentions.
  • Oct 16, 2019

Apple pulls police-tracking app used by Hong Kong protesters

The step followed Chinese state media accusations that the tech giant was enabling unrest in the city.
  • Oct 10, 2019

Trump impeachment proceedings trigger caution, and a little schadenfreude, overseas

Pressure on the president at home may force him to seek a quick foreign-policy achievement, some say. But it’s unlikely to have any effect on the trade dispute with China.
  • Sep 25, 2019

Unidentified flinching object: In Hong Kong protests, police wage assault on facts

The official response to an incident in which officers kicked a man on the ground shows a breakdown of trust between people and the government.
  • Sep 24, 2019