China Brief

Riot police secure an area in front of a road block during a demonstration against the new national security law on July 1 in Hong Kong.

Beijing’s New Security Law Is a Warning Sign

By silencing Hong Kong, the Chinese Communist Party shows it prioritizes ideology over pragmatism.

U.S. President Donald Trump, and China's Vice Premier Liu He, the country's top trade negotiator, sign a trade agreement in Washington on January 15.

The Trump Administration’s Divisions Over China Are Deeper Than Ever

Contradictions over the status of the U.S.-China trade deal show that the White House isn’t unified in its approach toward Beijing—even amid the pandemic.

Indian Army vehicles drive on a road near the border with China in Ladakh, northern India on June 17.

Why Is China Downplaying Its Border Clash With India?

By refraining from turning its soldiers into national martyrs, Beijing is keeping its options open.

Residents visit a reopened night market in Wuhan, China on June 3.

Why Not to Trust That Early Wuhan Study

Harvard research cited by Trump suggests the coronavirus was spreading as early as last August. The cherry-picked data isn’t peer-reviewed.

A man cycles past Tiananmen Square in Beijing on the eve of the 31st anniversary of the June 4, 1989, crackdown on pro-democracy protests on June 3.

How Is China Responding to the U.S. Protests?

Politicians’ calls to use force against demonstrators give Beijing fodder for propaganda—particularly in Hong Kong.

Riot police secure an area during a rally in Hong Kong's Central district on May 27.

Hong Kong Is in Danger

Beijing’s new national security law for the territory portends years of unrest—and the end of its status as a financial hub.

People's Liberation Army soldiers stand at attention in front of photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on May 20.

Why the WHO Investigation Won’t Work

Beijing’s influence within the organization means the results of a review into the origins of the coronavirus are likely to be delayed—and compromised.

The Embassy of the People's Republic of China is seen on May 12 in Canberra, Australia.

Why China Is Punishing Australia

Beijing has suspended imports from four major meat suppliers amid a dispute over the origins of the coronavirus.

U.S. President Donald Trump the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus at the White House in Washington on April 7.

Trump’s Virus Origin Theories Could Spark a Beijing Backlash

The administration keeps pushing unverified accusations that the coronavirus came from a Chinese research laboratory.

Chinese police march in Tiananmen Square on April 28 in Beijing, where life is slowly returning to normal following the city's coronavirus lockdown.

Beijing Doubles Down on Diplomatic Aggression

As China makes veiled threats against Western economies, the Trump administration is adopting a heightened anti-Chinese rhetoric.

Guards keep watch at a checkpoint in the border city of Suifenhe, in China's northeastern Heilongjiang province, on April 21.

How Will China Respond to New Coronavirus Outbreaks?

Parts of Harbin, a city in the far north, go under lockdown after it reports 52 imported cases.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian speaks at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8.

Why Chinese Embassies Have Embraced Aggressive Diplomacy

Beijing is trying to maintain its narrative as diplomats spread misinformation about the rest of the world’s coronavirus response.

Chinese commuters wear protective masks during rush hour in Beijing's central business district on April 7.

What a Start-Up Crash Reveals About China’s Post-Coronavirus Economy

Luckin Coffee is one of many fraudulent firms that isn’t likely to survive the fallout of the pandemic.

A Chinese man wears a protective mask as he runs on March 31 in Beijing.

What to Make of China’s Coronavirus Figures

Given the unreliability of the official data, how can we judge the situation on the ground?

Chinese tourist information clerks wear protective masks and visors in the arrivals area at Beijing Capital International Airport on March 24.

China Turns Inward in the Face of Pandemic

As Beijing reports that new coronavirus cases are all imported, foreigners in China face discrimination.

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