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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.

The empty courtyard of a usually busy shopping mall is seen on March 10, 2020 in Beijing, China.

The Coronavirus Has Put the U.S.-China Relationship on Life Support

The effective expulsion of American journalists from China is part of a broader wave of anti-foreigner sentiment.

A boy rides a scooter as he walks with his mother on March 10 in Beijing.

China’s New Normal

Life in China is springing back after weeks of lockdown, but it’s still taking place under the shadow of the coronavirus.

A staff member checks the temperature of a customer at the entrance of a supermarket in Beijing on Feb. 29.

What Does Beijing Believe About the Coronavirus?

China wants to convince the world that things are getting back to normal. But it’s also tacitly endorsing conspiracy theories.

A Chinese security guard checks the temperature of people entering a residential building on Feb. 26 in Beijing.

After Virus Peak, Beijing Tries to Get Back on Track

China’s government is pushing citizens out of the house and back to work, as WHO says its coronavirus outbreak is slowing down.

Members of a neighborhood committee wear protective masks as they control the entrance to a narrow street on Feb. 19 in Beijing.

Are China’s Coronavirus Figures Reliable?

China reports that new virus cases are declining, but the data may be tied to party politics.

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