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The national flags of Australia and China are displayed before a portrait of Mao Zedong facing Tiananmen Square, during a visit by Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Beijing on April 26, 2011. The trip is Gillard's first to China, Australia's top trading partner, and comes at a time when the communist country is waging its toughest crackdown on dissent in years. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Is China Pulling the Strings Down Under?

Revelations about Chinese influence have rocked Australian media and politics. Should the U.S. have the same debate?

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13:  Ivanka Trump attends a round table discussion with her father U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on the advancement of women entrepreneurs and business leadersat the White House February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Unpacking China’s Curious ‘Ivanka Fever’

The President's powerful daughter evokes deeply-held tropes in Chinese society.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan wave as they leave the plane upon their arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo II Government airport on May 8, 2015. Jinping arrived in Moscow to take part in the Victory Day celebrations. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

When Xi Meets the Trumps

China's president has descended on Florida for a summit with a counterpart he's never met. What happens now?

BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 05:  Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds during the opening of the 3rd Session of the 12th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People on March 5, 2015 in Beijing, China. The government work report presented:  the main targets of economic and social development; a projected 2015 GDP growth of about 7 percent; and consumer prices rising about 3 percent.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Don’t Call it the New Chinese Global Order (Yet)

The United States has many strengths. The question is how many it will squander in coming years.

(L-R) Actor Pedro Pascal, director Zhang Yimou, actress Jing Tian and Matt Damon attend the premiere of Universal Pictures' "The Great Wall," February 15, 2017, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Robyn Beck        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the Search for a China-Hollywood Blockbuster Doomed?

The flailing 'Great Wall' aspires to be a bicultural extravaganza. The result is a mess.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28:  President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel in the Oval Office of the White House, January 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. On Saturday, President Trump is making several phone calls with world leaders from Japan, Germany, Russia, France and Australia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

‘The Chinese Learned that Trump Blinks’

In a call with China's President, Trump recognized, or at least nodded at, the one-China policy he'd earlier questioned.

Newly graduated Chinese students gather for a convocation ceremony at the University of Science and Technology in Hefei in east China's Anhui province on June 20, 2012. A record 6.8 million Chinese students, most of them born in 1990, are graduating from Chinese colleges this summer, as increasing number of graduates find it tough to get the right job because there are not enough openings for graduates in the major cities. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

China’s Youth Admire America Far More than We Knew

The Communist Party's is responding with a sweeping ideological crackdown on its universities.

HAMBURG, GERMANY - AUGUST 13:  A container ship from China Shipping Line is loaded at the main container port August 13, 2007 in Hamburg, Germany. Northern Germany, with its busy ports of Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Kiel, is a hub of international shipping. Hamburg is among Europe's largest ports.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

How Trump Can Win With China

Beijing has been seriously outmaneuvering Washington for years. Trump is off to a lousy start, but here’s how he can turn it around.

A picture taken on August 11, 2011 show two CRH380BL bullet trains (bottom) sitting at Beijing south railway station.  State-owned Chinese train manufacturer China CNR Corp said it is recalling 54 of its CRH380BL bullet trains being used on a new high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shanghai because of "flaws". AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

While the West Fiddles, China Races to Define the Future

Trump will need to work with Beijing, or we risk living in a world that the Chinese Communist Party will create.

A policeman stands befoe a pile of ivory waiting to be crushed as workers destroy ivory during a public event in Dongguan, south China's Guangdong province on January 6, 2014. China crushed a pile of ivory reportedly weighing over six tonnes on January 6, in a landmark event aimed at shedding its image as a global hub for the illegal trade in African elephant tusks.   CHINA OUT     AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t Get Too Excited About China’s Ivory Ban

Enforcement of the laudable rule will remain an issue, while ivory demand in countries like Japan and the U.S. is actually rising.

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I Was Rescued from a Chinese Orphanage. My Friend Wasn’t.

We were both disabled by polio, but I was adopted by Americans. Returning to China 10 years later showed how sharply our destinies had diverged.

The Dalai Lama waves to worshippers during ceremonies at the Buyant Ukhaa sports stadium in Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia, on November 20, 2016. 
The Dalai Lama is on a four-day visit to Mongolia, despite Beijing's strident demand that he be barred from entering the country. / AFP / BYAMBASUREN BYAMBA-OCHIR        (Photo credit should read BYAMBASUREN BYAMBA-OCHIR/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Stand Up to China? Mongolia’s Got a Playbook

Ulaanbaatar just welcomed the Dalai Lama, despite warnings from Beijing.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the 2013 TechCrunch Disrupt conference on September 11, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The TechCruch Disrupt Conference runs through September 11.

Facebook Must Stay Out of China

A Faustian pact with Beijing would almost certainly make user behavior around the world visible to Chinese state security.

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