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Lily Kuo

Lily Kuo is a reporter at Quartz covering emerging markets. She previously reported general news for Reuters. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and the China Post in Taiwan. She holds a dual master’s degree in international affairs from Peking University and the London School of Economics. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Inside China's $132 Billion Military Budget

March 6, 2014 China’s newly announced 802.2 billion yuan ($131.57 billion) defense budget certainly makes an impression, especially when it’s accompanied by the government’s muscular assertion that peace in the region can only be “maintained by strength,” and a promise that China’s military would respond to all provocations. The new military spending figures ...

Why China Just Built This Lantern-Shaped Research Base in Antarctica

February 10, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Antarctica is the world’s last unexploited continent, and the latest site of a global race over resources and status. Over the weekend, China unveiled its fourth research station in Antarctica, where sovereignty is unclear and countries try to stake their claims on the area by building large research bases. The ...

Is This Submerged Rock East Asia's Next Flashpoint?

December 9, 2013 This story has been updated. There is a submerged rock in the Yellow Sea that seafaring Korean families once believed to be the home of the spirits of dead fishermen. The rock’s name in English is Socotra Rock; in Korea, it’s referred to as Ieodo, and in China the Suyan ...

Why China’s Internet Bigshots Lined Up to Support Its Space Program

December 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Dec. 1 China launched its first probe to land on and explore the moon’s surface. If successful, China will become the third country, after the US and the former Soviet Union, to have completed a “soft landing” on the moon—one in which the spacecraft remains intact and operational. (It ...

Bhutanese Government Greens Its Capital Fleet

November 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A tiny Himalayan kingdom that’s long been fiercely protective of its ancient Buddhist traditions wants to transform its capital into an electric car city. Tshering Tobgay, prime minister of Bhutan, said this week that the city of Thimpu would start replacing all official government vehicles (paywall) with the Nissan Leaf. ...

Guantanamo Prison Complex Pricetag: $5.24 Billion

August 1, 2013 The price of keeping suspected terrorists at a detention center in Guantanamo Bay may be even higher than officials had estimated. According to a new report from the US Department of Defense, America will have spent $5.24 billion (pdf) on the prison camp between 2002, when it was opened, to ...

Having a Bigger Desk Can Make You More Dishonest

June 27, 2013 Body language experts sometimes advise those working in the world of business to appear more confident by adjusting their posture. (Don’t cross your arms; try to take up as much space as possible without looking awkward.) But a new study suggests that people who are able to spread out because ...

One-Fifth of US Employees Are Undermining The Organizations They Work For

June 26, 2013 More than half of Americans don’t like their jobs, according to a recent poll (pdf). What’s more, up to one in five aren’t just uninspired at work but are actively damaging their companies by draining resources and lowering morale. According to polling firm Gallup’s survey of about 150,000 full and ...

The Most Persuasive Word You Can Use in a Meeting is “Yeah”

June 25, 2013 Words have power, especially in meetings. A new study from MIT’s Sloan School of Management finds that saying “yeah”, “give”, “start” and even “meeting” can boost a person’s persuasive powers among co-workers. Statisticians Cynthia Rudin and Been Kim studied 95 meetings for the vocabulary used in proposals that were accepted ...

China May Soon Peddle Discount Drones to the Developing World

June 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want to buy a military-grade drone? That won’t be easy, unless you’ve got a good relationship with Beijing. This week’s Paris air show highlighted the trouble with the burgeoning drone economy: While the technology is better than ever, there still aren’t many people who can legally buy unmanned vehicles. Civilian ...