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Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, talks to journalists after the closing ceremony of the UN Climate Summit COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, talks to journalists after the closing ceremony of the UN Climate Summit COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Europe’s Climate Chief: The 1.5-Degree Goal Is on ‘Life Support’

Frans Timmermans on COP27 and how Brussels navigates a frosty relationship between Washington and Beijing.

A person stands with his fist pumped in a crowd.
A person stands with his fist pumped in a crowd.
People hold blank sheets of paper in protest of COVID-19 restrictions and censorship in Hong Kong on Nov. 28.
People hold blank sheets of paper in protest of COVID-19 restrictions and censorship in Hong Kong on Nov. 28.

The Power of China’s Blank Sheets of Paper

2022 is not 1989, but demonstrations may yet develop in unpredictable ways.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
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Ones-And-Tooze-podcast-series-1500x1000-site (1)

China’s Zero-COVID Fiasco

Cameron and Adam unpack what sustained protests could mean for China and the world.

A woman holds a blank sheet of paper as demonstrators protest the deaths caused by an apartment complex fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, at the Langson Library on the campus of the University of California, Irvine.
A woman holds a blank sheet of paper as demonstrators protest the deaths caused by an apartment complex fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, at the Langson Library on the campus of the University of California, Irvine.

What Xi’s Zero-COVID Fiasco Might Mean for China and the World

Protests spotlight the regime's misguided approach to the pandemic and lackluster vaccination campaign.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Senegalese President Macky Sall.
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Senegalese President Macky Sall.

Biden’s Big Africa Summit Carefully Sidesteps China

In a U-turn from the Trump administration, Team Biden wants to court African nations without talking about Beijing.

A person stands in front of a store with a #BOYCOTT QATAR 2022 banner. The Q is drawn with a soccer ball and a chain.
A person stands in front of a store with a #BOYCOTT QATAR 2022 banner. The Q is drawn with a soccer ball and a chain.

Why Human Rights Criticism Often Backfires

Shaming countries over human rights abuses is unavoidable. But there are better ways to do it.

A protester participates in a rally in Beijing.
A protester participates in a rally in Beijing.
Protesters hold up pieces of A4 paper in China.
Protesters hold up pieces of A4 paper in China.
Jiang Zemin stands in the Rose Garden of the White House.
Jiang Zemin stands in the Rose Garden of the White House.

Jiang Zemin Helped China Become a Global Powerhouse

With a steady hand—and some willingness to face criticism—he ushered China into the world economy.

Police keep watch on a road in Beijing.
Police keep watch on a road in Beijing.

China’s Police Are Catching Up to Protesters

An initially soft approach was probably due to confusion, not policy.

Protesters hold up white paper as a symbol against censorship during a protest in Beijing.
Protesters hold up white paper as a symbol against censorship during a protest in Beijing.

Will China’s Protests Survive?

A nationwide movement of this scale has no post-1989 precedent.

Protesters march during a rally against China's harsh COVID-19 restrictions in Beijing on Nov. 28.
Protesters march during a rally against China's harsh COVID-19 restrictions in Beijing on Nov. 28.
A woman with her arms raised holds up a blank white sheet of paper while a man nearby holds a megaphone to his mouth.
A woman with her arms raised holds up a blank white sheet of paper while a man nearby holds a megaphone to his mouth.

Xi’s Obsession With Control Produced China’s Protests

This challenge to the Chinese Communist Party and the state has been building for some time.

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Power-Broker-Robert-Moses-Robert-Caro-China-illustration

Beijing’s Power Brokers Wouldn’t Surprise Robert Moses

An American classic offers fresh insights into China.

A woman walks past a promotional installation for this year's World Cup soccer tournament, which is being held in Qatar, at a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 17.
A woman walks past a promotional installation for this year's World Cup soccer tournament, which is being held in Qatar, at a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 17.

Chinese Firms Are at the World Cup, but Not Chinese Fans

A soccer-loving nation is isolated from the global sport.

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