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A man walks with the Chinese national flag in a park next to the Yangtze River in Wuhan, China, on Sept. 4, 2020.

The Downside of China’s Online Muscle-Flexing

An offensive Weibo post about India’s coronavirus crisis highlights the limits of “wolf warrior” diplomacy.

A woman holds a baby wearing a protective shield during rush hour in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 13.

China Set to Record Its First Population Decline in Decades

Census data is expected to reflect a simple reality: Having children in China is expensive and burdensome for many families.

Smoke belches from a factory near Datong, Shanxi province, China, on Nov. 19, 2015.

Biden and Xi Expected to Meet at Virtual Climate Summit

Despite official aspirations, environmental cooperation isn’t likely to significantly improve U.S.-China relations.

Battle of Guningtou monument is in Taiwan.

China Intensifies Provocations Over Taiwan

The risk of invasion remains small, but Beijing’s rhetoric and posturing raises some red flags.

A health worker administers the vaccine developed by China's Sinovac firm to a woman at Saeng Thip sports ground in Bangkok on April 7.

China’s Vaccine Diplomacy Has Mixed Results

Concerns about the efficacy of Sinovac and Sinopharm has dented their reputation, even among allies of Beijing.

Hong Kong Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang Kwok-wai, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, and Permanent Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Roy Tang pose before a press conference at government headquarters in Hong Kong on March 30.

Another Blow to Hong Kong’s Dying Democracy

A new law all but guarantees that the city’s legislature will be stacked with supporters of Beijing.

The Chinese and U.S. delegations speak at talks in Alaska.

China Hits Back at Western Sanctions

With officials held to account for atrocities in Xinjiang, Beijing has enacted scattershot retaliatory measures against U.S. allies.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives in South Korea.

U.S. and Chinese Diplomats Set to Meet on Thin Ice

Bilateral talks in Alaska are likely to be an airing of grievances, not an exchange of views.

Chinese personnel stand in formation next to a portrait of President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Oct. 22, 2020.

China’s Military Is Outmatched

As the Quad alliance prepares to meet, leaders should take an honest look at the challenges China’s military presents.

Chinese soldiers march in Beijing

What to Expect From China’s Annual Legislative Sessions

Further controls over Hong Kong are expected to be formalized at this week’s meetings, which showcase Chinese Communist Party power.

An Indian Air Force fighter jet near the Chinese-Indian border.

China Admits Casualties in Border Skirmish With India

Months after the clash in the Galwan River Valley, Chinese officials have confirmed that four troops died. State media has already made them martyrs.

Protesters deface China's national flag on Feb. 11 in Yangon, Myanmar.

Why Are Myanmar’s Protesters Targeting China?

Misinformation about Beijing’s involvement in the Feb. 1 coup taps into long-standing anti-Chinese sentiment.

Chinese officials arrive for meetings with the World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 29.

The WHO Investigation Shows Beijing Still Pulls the Strings

The World Health Organization team that spent weeks in Wuhan ended up giving Chinese authorities a propaganda victory.

Supporters of China’s Muslim Uighur minority hold torches and placards of people allegedly killed in the country’s so-called reeducation camps during a demonstration in Istanbul on Dec. 20, 2019.

Xinjiang’s Camps Enable Systemic Sexual Violence

A new report draws attention to rape and other abuses of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China’s large-scale internment camps.

People walk below a giant screen showing news coverage of Chinese President Xi Jinping's virtual speech to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 19, 2020.

Xi Jinping Shows His Nerves Over Decoupling

The Chinese leader’s speech at the World Economic Forum reveals his worries about Beijing’s place in the post-Trump era.

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