Anna Fifield

Anna Fifield


Beijing bureau chief for the @WashingtonPost. Author of The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un.

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The view from New Zealand: The cartoon in my hometown newspaper this weekend.

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G-7 foreign ministers failed to agree on a joint statement because the U.S. — represented by Mike Pompeo — insisted on calling the coronavirus the “Wuhan virus.” @John_Hudson ⁩ and @smekhennet ⁩ confirm @SPIEGELONLINE ⁩ scoop

A surprising thing about New Zealand's coronavirus cases: the most-infected age group are people in their 20s, according to the Ministry of Health

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Everyone was lining up patiently outside, in accordance with the one in, one out policy. Strangers were chatting and being social at a distance. I saw an old lady lining up and when I got to the front, I asked the worker, all the people behind me if we could let her go in first.

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Everyone agreed. When I went to tell her she could go first, I suddenly realized that it was Mrs Purcell, my teacher in 1987. So once we were inside, we had a great catch-up at a two meter distance in the produce section. It was a lovely coincidence.

Everyone was shopping normally and being responsible. The shelves were full. People were looking after each other. I never thought that a run to the grocery store could be so heartwarming. A little ray of sunshine in super weird times. Wishing for little rays of sunshine for all.

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"She’s dead, and I’m quarantined. That’s how the story ends. I keep going back over it in loops, trying to find a way to sweeten it, but nothing changes the facts." The first in a series of oral histories of covid-19 -- from the peerless @elisaslow 

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Well well, Kim Jong Un’s running bodyguards are here too

And here’s EXO performing at the closing of the Olympics. So cool. I wonder what goes through the North Koreans’ minds when they see things like this?

Here are some North Koreans for you. Important to remember that the people are not the same as the regime.

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I called for more coffee pods in my Shanghai hotel room and this is how they came to me:

Wow, explosive stuff from my @washingtonpost ⁩ colleagues: the CDC was so opposed to allowing Americans infected with coronavirus flying home from Japan on the same flight as the uninfected that they demanded to be left out of the news release

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern opening her address to Parliament today: "As-salamu alaykum, peace be upon you, and peace be upon all of us."

All across New Zealand, cell phones just lit up with this message:

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Candlelight victory vigil in central Seoul right now: "The Republic of Korea is a democratic nation"

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