Category: Asia Pacific

The Woman Taking Over TikTok at the Toughest Time

Six weeks ago, as TikTok grappled with escalating tensions between the United States and China, the social media app’s top executives huddled together to figure out their next steps. Vanessa Pappas, 41, was worried. TikTok’s North American business, which she has run since 2018, was dealing with an uproar. President Trump had threatened to ban

China Is Dismantling the Empire of a Vanished Tycoon

HONG KONG — Xiao Jianhua was once a trusted financier to China’s ruling elite who came to represent an era of unbridled capitalism. But three years ago, he was snatched from a Hong Kong luxury hotel and disappeared into Chinese custody. Now, the empire he built is being dismantled by the authorities in Beijing, as

Your Thursday Briefing

Good morning. We’re covering what’s next for Hong Kong’s press, a debate around reopening schools and flooding in Japan. ImageThe set at RTHK’s “Headliner” show before it was suspended. Credit…Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times China’s leash tightens on Hong Kong journalists Radio Television Hong Kong, the territory’s public broadcaster, has fearlessly reported on

Your Monday Briefing

Good morning. We’re covering the surge in U.S. coronavirus cases, Beijing’s quick moves to enact a security law for Hong Kong and flying the rainbow flag for a Pride march in central Taipei. ImageDrive-thru testing in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday. Credit…Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times Coronavirus cases pass 10 million as U.S. infections surge

Your Wednesday Briefing

Good morning. We’re covering Saudi Arabia’s limits on this year’s hajj, a potential ban on U.S. travel to Europe and government abuses in Burkina Faso. ImageThe hajj last August in Mecca.Credit…Umit Bektas/Reuters Heartbreak as this year’s hajj is essentially canceled Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday that only about 1,000 people will be allowed to perform the