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U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken participate in a virtual summit with the leaders of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue countries at the White House in Washington on March 12.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken participate in a virtual summit with the leaders of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue countries at the White House in Washington on March 12.

Why China Is Paranoid About the Quad

Beijing has long lived with U.S. alliances in the region, but a realigned India would change the game.

Kim Jong Un wears a face mask on television
Kim Jong Un wears a face mask on television

North Korea May Be Trapped Between Famine and Plague

As COVID-19 sweeps through the country, outside help is desperately needed.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on May 14.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on May 14.

Trump’s Poison Pills Are Still Toxic

Whether it’s Iran, China, Cuba, or immigration, U.S. President Joe Biden often finds himself stymied by his predecessor’s foreign policy.

Screengrabs from several Chinese Tiktok accounts show a sparkly, shirtless, bear-riding Daddy Putin version of the Russian president.
Screengrabs from several Chinese Tiktok accounts show a sparkly, shirtless, bear-riding Daddy Putin version of the Russian president.

Chinese TikTok Users Are in Love With ‘Daddy Putin’

Popular videos paint the Russian president as a widely admired figure.

An illustration from Lin Lan’s The Three Brothers (1929) from a collection at the Beijing Normal Library.
An illustration from Lin Lan’s The Three Brothers (1929) from a collection at the Beijing Normal Library.

Where the West and China Find Common Ground

A striking new translation of Chinese fairy tales shows a shared folkloric tradition.

Bill Gates
Bill Gates

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.

Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces take position.
Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces take position.

The Afghan Resistance Is Still Fighting

But without unity, arms, or a safe haven, it’s an uphill fight against the Islamists in Kabul.

U.S. President Bill Clinton (right) meets with Chinese President Jiang Zemin
U.S. President Bill Clinton (right) meets with Chinese President Jiang Zemin

Engagement With China Was Always a Long Shot

Beijing’s Leninist regime is fundamentally resistant to change.

A resident receives a coronavirus vaccine in China
A resident receives a coronavirus vaccine in China

Older Chinese Are Demanding Money to Get Vaccinated

A government push has created a strange market in some rural areas.

Clive Palmer, chairman of the United Australia Party, prepares to speak at the National Press Club in Canberra, Australia, on April 7.
Clive Palmer, chairman of the United Australia Party, prepares to speak at the National Press Club in Canberra, Australia, on April 7.

How a Pair of Mining Fortunes Will Shape the Australian Election

Two wealthy men with opposing political views are riding a wave of discontent with the major parties.

A grid of video screens shows U.S President Joe Biden attends a virtual summit with ASEAN leaders/
A grid of video screens shows U.S President Joe Biden attends a virtual summit with ASEAN leaders/

Biden and Xi Struggle to Compete in Asia

What do the two superpowers have in common as they woo the region? Flawed strategies.

Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

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.

Demonstrators hold placards during a rally in support of Ukraine in Almaty, Kazakhstan on March 6.
Demonstrators hold placards during a rally in support of Ukraine in Almaty, Kazakhstan on March 6.

Former Soviet States Are Distancing Themselves From Their Old Imperial Master

The war in Ukraine is prompting countries from Kazakhstan to Moldova to reexamine their colonial past and seek diplomatic allies beyond the Kremlin.

U.S. Navy Capt. David Bretz (right) shakes hands with Vietnamese military officials during the arrival of the USNS Mercy in Nha Trang in central Vietnam on May 17, 2018.
U.S. Navy Capt. David Bretz (right) shakes hands with Vietnamese military officials during the arrival of the USNS Mercy in Nha Trang in central Vietnam on May 17, 2018.

Vietnam Relations Are a Quiet U.S. Victory Already

There’s no need to empower hard-liners by a potentially provocative upgrade.

A burqa-clad woman with a child
A burqa-clad woman with a child

The Taliban Have Made the Burqa Mandatory Again

Hunger and poverty stalk the nation, but the Islamists want to disappear women from public life.

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