Jonathan Cheng

Jonathan Cheng


Seoul Bureau Chief @WSJ. Tweets on N. Korea, S. Korea, Samsung and K-pop. Formerly of New York and Hong Kong bureaus.

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The Economist: "The American and Chinese software and internet universes are heading at light-speed towards total separation…TikTok creates few jobs and pays little or no tax in America or India, so the main cost of banning it is sullen teenagers."

China is turning on the charm to win back Taiwan. "The epidemic has cut off the mountains from the seas, but cannot cut off the longing for home."

To understand corporate chameleons like China’s Huawei, look to the era when the East India Company and other firms blurred the boundary between government and business.

"The People’s Liberation Army has taken advantage of the seemingly benign situation…each mini-crisis brought a ‘new normal’ on the LAC. And it was always China’s position that improved." @ShashiTharoor 

Unfair and frankly hurtful foreign media coverage of Chongqing's, er, ginormous jump in recorded births in June 2019 is prompting municipal officials there to stop publishing birth statistics altogether.

Nice photo essay on Chinese-born Black Lives Matters protesters in Washington. “I want to speak up. I want to be part of the change." @CDT 

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South Korea's largest-circulation newspaper this morning: "Angry Whites Overturn America"

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Just FYI, satellite imagery suggests N. Korea is continuing to upgrade its nuclear enrichment facility. @38NorthNK 

It's the K-pop Olympics. Pyeongchang torch relay included Suzy (formerly miss A), VIXX's N and Leo, Super Junior's Donghae and Yesung, Sandara Park (formerly 2NE1), Girl's Day, AOA, Soyou, etc. Performing at the closing ceremony: EXO and CL.

The power of the BTS fandom: After T-shirt controversy, an ambitious examination of what happened, what didn't and how it played out—by "ordinary BTS fans who believe in the power of knowledge and discussion."

AP with a pretty big, unbylined piece about China imposing abortions, sterilizations and IUDs on its Muslim population. "The practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known…demographic genocide.” “They want to destroy us as a people.”

No Tillerson? No problem. S. Korea's foreign minister, originally scheduled to meet Rex in Washington, will meet Ivanka instead.

And here it is: the English-language translation of N. Korea's latest statement, taking aim pretty clearly at John Bolton.

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Soon after Donald Trump took office, people with ties to the Chinese state poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into his re-election bid to get close to and potentially influence the new president. Big investigation by @bspegele 

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