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Covering foreign affairs @washingtonpost. Before: China correspondent @washingtonpost, @TIME.

This is a truly spectacular jumble of cringe.

Another item for my “authoritarian convergence” file. This is straight up CCP/United Front style stuff.

“Anything that North Korean people need can be a business opportunity.” @annafifield  reports on the optimistic, opportunistic traders at the China-North Korea border.

Content moderators at YouTube, Facebook and Twitter see the worst of the web and suffer silently. @lizzadwoskin  @RegineCabato  @JeanneWhalen 

FBI, ICE find state driver’s license photos are a gold mine for facial-recognition searches, reports @drewharwell 

For context, this was the last military parade I watched:

For China watchers who will be taking in today's all-American military parade: What are the odds that Trump arrives in a Red Flag limo and yells, "Comrades, you've worked hard"? Because that's what I'm picturing.

I have a mental file marked "authoritarian convergence" where I track issues that show how the U.S. and China are sometimes moving together, not apart. Think: "restoration of national greatness," forced flag/anthem worship. Add: Internment camps.


The Kushner family is in Beijing hawking EB-5 visas to Chinese investors. They asked to leave the publicly advertised event

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Update: This message from a man warning, gleefully, that I may be the next journalist to be murdered, does not violate ’s rules on abusive behavior, per Twitter. 1/2

In a Beijing ballroom, Kushner family flogs $500,000 ‘investor visa’ to wealthy Chinese. My dispatch from the Ritz.

It's pretty surreal watching from Beijing as the Washington press corps and its critics go bananas over a fancy party. There are journalists in jail. There are sources in jail. Where is the sense of proportion?

BREAKING: State Department issues health alert to U.S. citizens in China after government employee reported unusual symptoms. Embassy Beijing confirmed to that diagnosis is mild traumatic brain injury. This will raise fears of Cuba-like attack. Story coming.