For Your Weekend, January 6, 2023

A park bench in New York’s Central Park memorializes Li Wenliang, the Wuhan-based ophthalmologist who, just over three years ago, began issuing warnings about the dangerous pneumonia-like illness spreading in his city, that would soon come to be known as COVID-19. Jennifer Lee shared this picture of it.

In Foreign Affairs, Jude Blanchette and Ryan Hass outline a “long-game” for how the U.S. can work to prevent war over Taiwan.

Rhoda Kwan, a journalist now based in Taiwan, writes for The Guardian about the Hong Kong exile community there, her own experience leaving Hong Kong, and trying to keep the spirit of her home city alive.

In this spare and elegiac short video, Wuhan-based delivery-service worker Zhang Sai describes his work, his outlook on life, and the way both changed in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This week, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. visited Beijing for talks with Xi Jinping on economic cooperation and security in the South China Sea. We’ve just published an interview with Manila’s new ambassador in Beijing, Jaime FlorCruz, on his recent memoir, The Class of '77, and his extraordinary odyssey between the two countries.