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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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China Warns of 'Inevitable' War with US Over South China Sea

May 26, 2015 After Chinese state media warned that war with the United States may be “inevitable,” Beijing has published a policy paper detailing how the military will shift its focus from land and coastlines to the open seas. China’s State Council released a white paper today that criticizes “external countries…busy meddling in ...

China Says North Korea Has More Nukes Than the US Thought

April 23, 2015 China’s top nuclear experts believe North Korea may be a much larger and immediate nuclear threat than previously believed. According to the Wall Street Journal (paywall), Chinese uranium enrichment experts estimate Pyongyang has 20 nuclear warheads and enough weapons-grade uranium to double that arsenal within a year. The comments, made ...

China Is Building a $46B Railroad Through Pakistan's Insurgency

April 20, 2015 Chinese president Xi Jinping visits Islamabad this week, where he will sign agreements to spend almost $46 billion on energy and infrastructure projects to be built along an “economic corridor” between Kashgar in China’s western province of Xinjiang and Pakistan’s Gwadar Port, soon to be operated by a Chinese state-owned ...

Kenji Goto's Death Is Forcing Japan To Rethink Fighting Terrorism

February 2, 2015 Japanese citizens awoke Sunday to a harrowing video purporting to show the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto at the hands of terror group Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL). While members of the group vowed that the “nightmare for Japan” had just begun, Japanese prime minister Shinzo ...

China’s Sketchy App Stores Now Serve up iPhone Malware

November 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A US security company has raised the alarm about a new breed of malware that has infiltrated hundreds of thousands of Apple devices, including Macs and iPhones. But unless you’re downloading pirated software from Chinese app stores, you probably don’t have anything to worry about. The “Wirelurker” malware was flagged ...

How a Simple Note-Taking App Became the New Anti-Censorship Tool in China

October 17, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow HONG KONG—Mainland Chinese readers may have found one way around China’s tight grip over news and information about the pro-democracy protests that have swept Hong Kong for the last three weeks— a California-based app best known for its personal to-do lists, clipping web-pages, and sharing notes between coworkers. Words including ...

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 ...