Why Xi Jinping Chose Central Asia for His First Post-COVID-19 Trip
The region has long served as a testing ground for Beijing’s economic and foreign-policy ambitions and is becoming increasingly close to China.
The Chinese Public Doesn’t Know What the Rules Are Anymore
Reckless policies have knocked out established norms.
Biden-Xi Meeting Unlikely to Halt U.S.-Chinese Slide
Compromise is becoming increasingly difficult—especially over Taiwan.
We’re Still Asking the Wrong Questions About War With China Over Taiwan
The priority is not who would win a war over Taiwan, but how to prevent one in the first place.
Chinese Police Could Crush Solomon Islands Opposition
Government critics fear security pact consequences.
Beijing’s Taiwan Aggression Has Backfired in Tokyo
Military exercises have stiffened Japanese resolve.
China Is Doomed to Play a Significant Role in Afghanistan
Beijing is desperate to avoid being trapped in Kabul’s politics.
China Illustrations Need More Than Dragons, Pandas, and Propaganda
Editorial imagery often recycles stereotypes and ignores Chinese life.
What Does the Pelosi Taiwan Uproar Mean for U.S. China Policy?
The controversy over Nancy Pelosi’s proposed trip highlights the contradictions of U.S. policy toward the island.
China’s Village Bank Collapses Could Cause Dangerous Contagion
Local problems threaten to spread into a serious crisis.
The Chinese Protesters Who Got What They Wanted—Sort of
Does a compensation scheme for failing banks mean the start of more accountability for China’s financial sector?
China Made a Failed Bet on Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa Family
Beijing’s investments in the island look shaky after protests topple the government.
What the U.S. Still Doesn’t Get About Countering China
Self-interest, not altruism, is driving Beijing to invest in the global south.
How Biden Can Reverse China’s Gains in Saudi Arabia
Preventing growing Chinese influence in the Middle East is more important than making Riyadh a pariah.
Sen. Coons: Putin Is ‘Counting on Us Losing Interest’ in Ukraine War
One of the leading voices on the Senate foreign affairs panel weighs in on the conflict, Turkey’s change of heart, and NATO’s turn to Asia.
How Does the Chinese Public Feel About Xi’s Third Term?
As the Chinese Communist Party’s congress approaches, there are subtle signs of frustration.
Will China Use Health Apps to Crack Down on Dissent?
Public patience with COVID-19 restrictions is fraying, and a sprawling network of control already exists.
How Congress Rallied Against Oppression in Xinjiang
The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act was a rare—and messy—bipartisan success.
China’s Third Aircraft Carrier Is Aimed at a Post-U.S. Asia
Beijing can’t challenge U.S. naval power directly yet.
Beijing Eyes Pacific Islands, Exploiting U.S. Strategic Vacuum
The newly contested region needs serious U.S. attention.
Michelle Bachelet’s Failed Xinjiang Trip Has Tainted Her Whole Legacy
The U.N. human rights commissioner ended up whitewashing China’s atrocities.
China’s Energy Nationalism Means Coal Is Sticking Around
Green plans are secondary to political demands.
The United States Can’t Afford to Stay Entangled With China
Russia’s war shows paying the price of decoupling now is worth it.
As China’s Economy Falters, Be Careful What You Wish For
Why Western schadenfreude about Beijing’s economic troubles is misplaced.
China’s Premier Steps Up to Issue Economic Warning
Recent appearances may fuel speculation that Li Keqiang’s star is rising, but it’s not that simple.
Why Xi Jinping Has Lofty Visions of Green Mountains
China’s environmental rhetoric is rooted in party history.
Kevin Rudd: Australia’s China Policy Requires a ‘Realist Premise’
“China ultimately respects strength and is contemptuous of weakness,” the former Australian prime minister said.
Australia’s Got a Solomon Islands Headache (Again)
China’s expansion into the South Pacific caught Australia and the United States off guard.
Xi’s Control of Domestic Politics Has Trapped Beijing Over Ukraine
Analysts in China can’t be open about what drives policy.
Chinese TikTok Users Are in Love With ‘Daddy Putin’
Popular videos paint the Russian president as a widely admired figure.
Bill Gates’s Pandemic Prevention Plan Has a China-Sized Blind Spot
In his new book, the billionaire philanthropist focuses on technical solutions but ignores politics.
China’s COVID-19 Data Doesn’t Match Its Harsh Restrictions
Officials say case numbers in Shanghai are falling, but millions of residents are still locked down.
Older Chinese Are Demanding Money to Get Vaccinated
A government push has created a strange market in some rural areas.
New Philippine President Marcos Is No Duterte on Foreign Policy
Monday’s victor intends to defend sovereignty against China and prioritize the U.S. alliance.
Locking China Out of the Global Order Could Backfire
Washington is wrong to assume Beijing is incapable of accommodation.
Can China Manage the Economic Side Effects of Lockdowns?
As the threat of further closures looms, economists are downgrading the country’s growth projections.
China Wants Its Investments in Afghanistan to Be Safer Than in Pakistan
Beijing could profit handsomely from Afghan resources and exports, but new ventures risk exposing Chinese nationals to violence.
Shanghai’s Food Shortages Spur Voluntarism and Cynicism
Locals are ensuring their own supply after prominent government failures.
It’s Going to Be a Hot Summer for the U.S.-China Relationship
After an uneasy detente, the Biden administration’s China strategy is about to make itself felt.
The U.S. and China Need Ground Rules for AI Dangers
Autonomous weapon systems pose a serious escalatory risk.
Taiwan Doesn’t Need a Formal U.S. Security Guarantee
U.S. security cooperation is a more powerful demonstration of commitment than any declaration of intent.
Lockdowns Expose China’s Dysfunctional Trucking Industry
COVID-19 outbreaks are hitting domestic supply chains at their weakest point.
China’s Taiwan Invasion Plans May Get Faster and Deadlier
Russian mistakes offer some warnings for Beijing’s ambitions.
China’s Transnational Repression Gets Saudi Backing
Deporting Uyghur refugees is inhumane and illegal.
Ukraine Exposed the True Danger of Chinese Censorship
The Chinese public has been inoculated against outside information.
China Has Nothing to Gain From an Aerospace Alliance With Russia
Beijing is a rising power with a growing domestic aviation industry—and it no longer needs Moscow’s help.
China Has Ditched Its Own Principles to Back Russia
Beijing claimed to be opposed to the use of force—until Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
Amid Russia’s War, NATO Isn’t Taking Its Eye Off China
NATO plans to deal with Russia today and China tomorrow.
Why Most of the Indo-Pacific Tiptoes Around Russia
With Beijing and Moscow working so closely together, countries find it risky to support the West on Ukraine.
Medical Workers Are Collateral Damage in China’s Zero-COVID-19 Policy
The costs of a once-effective approach are piling up as omicron cases rise.
War-Gaming Taiwan: When Losing to China Is Winning
What military planners learn when they simulate a Chinese attack.
Why the Corporate Flight From Russia Is No Precedent for China
Businesses are unlikely to face similar pressures in an Asian crisis.
Chinese State Media Is Pushing Pro-Russian Misinformation Worldwide
Ad buys show a pattern of targeting cheaper markets.
Ukraine Should Give Investors Second Thoughts on China
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war has shown autocracies aren’t safe bets.
China’s Omicron Lockdowns Mean More Supply Chain Pain
A globalized world is vulnerable to local disasters.
How China’s COVID-19 Lockdowns Will Impact the Global Economy
With China’s southern tech hub of Shenzhen effected, supply chain problems could get worse.
How Will New Export Controls Impact the Global Semiconductor Shortage?
The U.S. mirrors tactics used against China on Russia as war in Ukraine escalates.
Political Balancing Act Leaves China’s Sports Industry Wobbling
The invasion of Ukraine worsens post-Olympic troubles.
China’s Propaganda Over Ukraine Is Shifting and Uncertain
Beijing is backing Moscow—but less so than in the early days of war.
Putin’s War Has Killed China’s Eurasian Railway Dreams
The iron silk road was a key part of the Belt and Road Initiative.
China and Russia’s Friendship in Ukraine Is Without Benefits
Will Russia’s invasion make or break the relationship between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin?
How Russia’s Future With NATO Will Impact the Arctic
Three critical ways the crisis in Ukraine will determine the region’s future
Washington Must Prepare for War With Both Russia and China
Pivoting to Asia and forgetting about Europe isn’t an option.
Southeast Asian Traders Are Paying the Cost of China’s Border Policies
The impact of a zero-tolerance COVID-19 policy goes beyond rotting fruits.
Hold Beijing Accountable for Aiding Kim Jong Un’s Crimes
China plays a crucial role in sustaining North Korea’s horrific human rights record.
Even an ‘Asia First’ Strategy Needs to Deter Russia in Ukraine
There is no Indo-Pacific strategy without U.S. pushback against Russia.
Chinese Support for a Russian Attack on Ukraine Cannot Be Cost-Free
Beijing backing Moscow should trigger a rethink of China-European relations.
China’s Economy Is Heading Toward Stagnation, Not Collapse
Xi’s ideology is knocking out the twin pillars of growth.
U.N. Chief Rebuffs U.S. Request to Skip Beijing Olympics
U.S. envoy Linda Thomas-Greenfield presses António Guterres to confront China over rights abuses in Xinjiang.
Xi Jinping Has Transformed China’s Middle East Policy
Beijing was once wary of the region. Now, it’s all-in.
China’s ‘Wolf Warriors’ Are Having a Field Day With the Russia-Ukraine Crisis
Beijing’s social media pugilists are taking the opportunity to troll the U.S. and Europe.
Why China’s New Data Security Law Is a Warning for the Future of Data Governance
Stricter data privacy guidelines present new challenges for businesses operating in the world’s second largest economy.
Chinese Corporate Transparency Is Far Better Than America’s
For now, it’s easier to get info about firms in Xinjiang than Delaware.
How Beijing’s COVID-19 Outbreak Exposes Urban Poverty
Most middle-class Chinese rarely get a glimpse of the lives of the migrant workers who keep the city running.
India Seeks to Escape an Asian Future Led by China
A flurry of trade talks herald an economic realignment toward the West.
Biden Can No Longer Ignore Growing Iran-China Ties
Washington may be tired of the Middle East, but Beijing is just getting started.
As Another City Locks Down, China Is on High Alert
Tianjin’s proximity to Beijing is a chief concern for leaders, especially as the Winter Olympics near.
Time for America to Play Offense in China’s Backyard
Ignoring Cambodia and Laos is a strategic mistake—but engagement requires a smarter balance of values and interests.
Online Warriors Are a Risky but Useful Tool for Beijing
Cyber-nationalists are uncomfortably reminiscent of the Red Guards of the 1960s.
Fibs About Funding Aren’t Espionage, Even When China Is Involved
The U.S. Justice Department’s China Initiative has become dangerously broad.
China’s Fake Twitter Accounts Are Tweeting Into the Void
China’s state-linked influence operations get very little engagement on Twitter.
In Asia, China’s Long Game Beats America’s Short Game
Beijing’s focus on economic ties will outlast Washington’s on military alliances.
Why China Is Freaking Out Over Biden’s Democracy Summit
Beijing’s overreaction to the virtual summit is telling.
The U.S.-China Relationship Has Entered a New Phase
Diplomacy post-Biden-Xi summit is a test of intentions.
Germany’s First Genocide Looked a Lot Like China’s
The killing of the Herero has disturbing parallels with the treatment of Uyghurs.
Beijing’s Strategic Blueprint Is Changing as Tensions Grow
China is trying to free itself from dependence on imported technology.
Threatening Taiwan Gets China More Than Invading It Would
The language of force has let Beijing limit and use the island.
A Squabble About History Almost Killed Xi Jinping’s Father
Fights about the party’s past are serious business in Beijing.
The Chinese Communist Party Still Thinks It Owns the Future
Outsiders might see a peaking power, but China’s leaders don’t.