Anthony Kuhn

International Correspondent Anthony Kuhn official base is Jakarta, Indonesia, where he opened NPR's first bureau in that country in 2010. From there, he has covered Southeast Asia, and the gamut of natural and human diversity stretching from Myanmar to Fiji and Vietnam to Tasmania. During 2013-2014, he is covering Beijing, China, as NPR's Louisa Lim is on fellowship.

Prior to Jakarta, Kuhn spent five years based in Beijing as a NPR foreign correspondent reporting on China and Northeast Asia. In that time Kuhn covered stories including the effect of China's resurgence on rest of the world, diplomacy and the environment, the ancient cultural traditions that still exert a profound influence in today's China, and the people's quest for social justice in a period of rapid modernization and uneven development. His beat also included such diverse topics as popular theater in Japan and the New York Philharmonic's 2008 musical diplomacy tour to Pyongyang, North Korea.

In 2004-2005, Kuhn was based in London for NPR. He covered stories ranging from the 2005 terrorist attacks on London's transport system to the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. In the spring of 2005, he reported from Iraq on the formation of the post-election interim government.

Kuhn began contributing reports to NPR from China in 1996. During that time, he also worked as an accredited freelance reporter with the Los Angeles Times, and as Beijing correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review.

In what felt to him a previous incarnation, Kuhn once lived on Manhattan's Lower East Side and walked down Broadway to work in Chinatown as a social worker. He majored in French literature at Washington University in St. Louis. He gravitated to China in the early 1980s, studying first at the Beijing Foreign Languages Institute and later at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing.

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4:36pm

Fri July 31, 2015
Sports

International Olympic Committee Chooses Beijing For 2022 Winter Games

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:53 pm

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China's capital, Beijing, became the first city in the world to be chosen to host both the summer and winter Olympic Games. It beat out a bid from Kazakhstan. NPR's Anthony Kuhn has the reaction from Beijing.

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4:31pm

Thu July 30, 2015
Asia

Despite Rising Costs, China Is Gung-Ho To Host 2022 Winter Olympics

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:24 pm

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5:03pm

Tue July 14, 2015
Asia

Chinese Authorites Detain Nearly 150 Human Rights Lawyers

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 6:26 pm

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4:30pm

Fri July 10, 2015
Asia

People Of Myanmar Face Obstacles Ahead Of Fall Elections

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 8:22 pm

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6:15am

Wed July 8, 2015
Asia

Stock Market Drop In China Raises Concerns About An Economic Crisis

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 2:30 pm

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4:39pm

Tue June 23, 2015
Parallels

When Corrupt Chinese Officials Flee, The U.S. Is A Top Destination

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 8:51 am

Zhou Qiang, president of the Supreme People's Court of China, speaks to the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 12. Chinese authorities are waging a major campaign against corruption, and that includes a list of 100 suspects believed to be overseas. Many are former officials who are thought to have fled to the U.S. or Canada.
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China issued global arrest warrants for 100 fugitives in April. Most of them, it turns out, are believed to be corrupt officials hiding out in the U.S. or Canada.

The U.S. may not seem like an obvious destination, but Huang Feng, a criminal law expert at Beijing Normal University, says there's a clear rationale.

The fugitives pick the U.S. for its standard of living and its mature legal system. They know that the U.S. and China have no extradition treaty, and that the U.S. is wary of sending fugitives back to China, where they may be denied legal due process.

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4:32pm

Mon June 1, 2015
Asia

U.S. Criticizes China For Construction In South China Sea

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 10:46 pm

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4:28pm

Thu May 21, 2015
Parallels

China Kicks Off 'Great Leap Forward' On The Soccer Field

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:07 pm

First-graders take soccer class at the Nandulehe Elementary School in suburban Beijing. The school is one of 20,000 that's launching a national soccer curriculum in the next five years. It's part of a government plan to raise China's soccer skills and eventually, China's leaders hope, host and win a World Cup.
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At an elementary school outside the Chinese capital, Beijing, first-graders practice controlling soccer balls under the instruction of American coach Tom Byer.

"When I clap, everybody's going to dribble to the circle, pull it back and go to the right. Go!" he says.

Regular soccer balls would practically come up to the kids' knees, so they practice with miniature ones instead.

But Byer, a native of New York, argues that even at age 6 or 7, the children are already late to the game.

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5:24am

Wed May 20, 2015
Asia

U.S. Charges 6 Chinese Nationals With Stealing Tech Secrets

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:09 pm

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7:58am

Sat May 16, 2015
Asia

Tensions In South China Sea Loom Over Kerry Visit

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

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