Austin Ramzy

Austin Ramzy has been a Beijing correspondent for TIME since 2007. An Iowa native, he graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Asian Studies and completed journalism school at the University of California, Berkeley. He previously worked at TIME Asia's Hong Kong office.

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China’s Restive Xinjiang Region Shaken by More Attacks


Authorities in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang say a pair of terrorist attacks over the weekend left as many as 20 people dead, including five suspects. The assaults cap a violent month in the restive border area. Less than two weeks ago rioters stormed a police station in the southwestern Xinjiang city of Hotan, an assault …

Anger Over China’s High-Speed Train Crash Leads to Murmurs of Dissent

Not long ago China’s rapidly expanding high-speed rail network was a source of national pride, a feat of development that prompted a nod of approval from President Barack Obama during his State of the Union speech in January. Earlier this month a spokesman for the Ministry of Railways even crowed about the superiority of China’s …

End of the Road For Lai Changxing, One of China’s Most Wanted Fugitives

For more than a decade Lai Changxing has been fighting in Canadian courts to avoid being sent back to China, where he is wanted for running a multi-billion-dollar smuggling enterprise out of the southeastern port city of Xiamen. Now the deportation battle of one of China’s most wanted men is reaching an end. A Canadian judge upheld …

In China’s Far West, Ethnic Strife Continues

The heat of the summer in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang has been punctuated once again by mass violence. In the oasis city of Hotan, authorities say rioters from the Uighur ethnic group attacked and set fire to a police station on Monday, killing four people including a paramilitary officer, a security guard and two …

China Sees Red After the Dalai Lama Visits Obama

President Barack Obama’s interactions with the Dalai Lama have always been an awkward dance. Meeting with a fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate, especially one as widely recognized and respected as Tenzin Gyatso, would seem to be the sort of thing Obama would welcome. In the U.S. political scene the Tibetan spiritual leader is the …

Mistrust Remains as U.S. and China Rebuild Military Ties

Military relations between the U.S. and China are a glaring weak spot in bilateral ties, something Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he hoped to improve during a trip to China this week. His visit was the first by the highest-ranking military officer in the U.S. since Mullen’s predecessor Gen. …

Can China Help Avert a Looming War in Sudan?

When you’re wanted by the International Criminal Court and subject to possible arrest when abroad, travel can be a problem. So perhaps it’s not surprising that Omar Hassan al-Bashir trip to Beijing this week ran into problems from the start. Sudan’s president arrived a day late after his flight from Tehran was forced to turn back …

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