Anthony Kuhn International Correspondent Anthony Kuhn is currently based in Beijing, China.
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Anthony Kuhn

International Correspondent, Beijing, China

Anthony Kuhn is NPR's correspondent based in Bejing, China, covering the great diversity of Asia's countries and cultures. Throughout his coverage he has taken an interest in China's rich traditional culture and its impact on the current day. He has recorded the sonic calling cards of itinerant merchants in Beijing's back alleys, and the descendants of court musicians of the Tang Dynasty. He has profiled petitioners and rights lawyers struggling for justice, and educational reformers striving to change the way Chinese think.

From 2010-2013, Kuhn was NPR's Southeast Asia correspondent, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Among other stories, he explored Borneo and Sumatra, and witnessed the fight to preserve the biodiversity of the world's oldest forests. He also followed Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, as she rose from political prisoner to head of state.

During a previous tour in China from 2006-2010, Kuhn covered the Beijing Olympics, and the devastating Sichuan earthquake that preceded it. He looked at life in the heart of Lhasa, Tibet's capital, and the recovery of Japan's northeast coast after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Kuhn served as NPR's correspondent in London from 2004-2005, covering stories including the London subway bombings, and the marriage of the Prince of Wales to the Duchess of Cornwall.

Besides his major postings, Kuhn's journalistic horizons have been expanded by various short-term assignments. These produced stories including wartime black humor in Iraq, musical diplomacy by the New York Philharmonic in Pyongyang, North Korea, a kerfuffle over the plumbing in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Pakistani artists' struggle with religious extremism in Lahore, and the Syrian civil war's spillover into neighboring Lebanon.

Previous to joining NPR, Kuhn wrote for the Far Eastern Economic Review and freelanced for various news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and Newsweek. He majored in French Literature as an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, and later did graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing.

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South Koreans Are Still Buzzing Over Last Month's Inter-Korean Summit

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Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the Marxist literature center at Peking University, long a bastion of patriotic student activism, in Beijing on Wednesday. Xi has pushed China's universities to enforce ideological conformity and avoid discussing constitutional democracy, civil society and judicial independence. Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Southwest Chinese Province Is Now Leading China's Tech Ambitions

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North, South Koreans Cautiously Greet Historic Summit Between Leaders

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in embrace after signing the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula during the Inter-Korean Summit at the Peace House on Friday. Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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In South Korea, Summit With North Korea Is Greeted With Hope — And Skepticism

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At Border Meeting, Leaders Pledge An End To Korean War

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A Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd. C919 aircraft stands under assembly in Shanghai in 2017. Proposed U.S. tariffs take special aim at the "Made in China 2025" plan, which supports development of advanced technologies in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, biopharmaceuticals, new energy vehicles and aviation. Qilai Shen/Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Beijing Forges Ahead With 'Made In China' Policy, Targeted By Proposed U.S. Tariffs

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People look at a display of Lego creations at Hamleys toy store during its grand opening in Beijing last year. Exports remain strong for China, but consumption now accounts for 80 percent of the economy's growth. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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China Vows To Fight To The Finish If U.S. Escalates Trade War

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