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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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The Islamic State Threat May Be Extending to the Asia-Pacific

September 18, 2014 Australian security forces raided hundreds of homes in Sydney and Brisbane today on intelligence that militants were planning a public beheading in the name of the Islamic State. It’s the latest sign that the extremist group also known as ISIL, which has taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria, ...

Obama’s Next Technology Guru May Be This Staunch Supporter of Women in Tech

August 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Megan Smith, a former Google executive, is a top choice for the role of the White House’s chief technology officer, Bloomberg reported today. If Smith takes the job that would mean the third person to hold the position created by president Barack Obama in 2009 would be a woman, a ...

China Has a Lot to Lose in Iraq

June 27, 2014 More than 1,000 stranded Chinese workers are being evacuated from war-torn northern Iraq today via helicopters and buses, according to Chinese state media, as a violent Sunni insurgency threatens to tear the country apart. The emergency operation highlights China’s heavy investment in Iraq, as well as the drawbacks of China’s ...

China Responds to the Latest Hacking Accusations by Calling America “The Matrix”

June 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following a report (registration required) that a new hacker unit in Shanghai with ties to China’s People’s Liberation Army has been targeting American, European, and Japanese networks, China’s foreign ministry hit back with a pop culture reference meant to highlight America’s hypocrisy. When asked about China’s response to the report ...

China and the US Are Racing to Turn Poor, Naive Millennials into Spies

May 9, 2014 Chinese state media are accusing an “unnamed foreign country” of recruiting spies at Chinese universities and through popular blogs and social media. This week, a series of news reports claim that unsuspecting Chinese, some of them as young as 16 years old, are being lured into working for foreign intelligence ...

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. ...