China Brief

Protesters stand on a bridge over the Tolo Highway at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Nov. 13.

Hong Kong’s Violence Arrives on Campus

A police raid against student activists on university grounds marks a new phase in the city’s ongoing unrest.

Protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks gather in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on Nov. 5, the one month anniversary of the local government banning face coverings at rallies.

What Is Beijing Planning for Hong Kong?

After another weekend of violence, China’s proposal for new national security measures in the city could backfire.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and other officials sing the Chinese national anthem during a ceremony to mark Martyr's Day at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Sept. 30.

What Is Happening at China’s Secret Plenum?

Expect discussions around slowing growth and the ongoing trade war.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks at a press conference in Hong Kong on Oct. 16.

Is Carrie Lam on Her Way Out?

Beijing is reportedly mulling a plan to remove Hong Kong’s leader, but it isn’t likely to solve the city’s political crisis.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu presents U.S. President Donald Trump with a letter from Chinese President Xi Jinping after Trump announced a partial trade agreement with China on Oct. 11 in Washington.

Will the United States and China Ever Reach a Trade Deal?

Both sides face domestic pressure over the trade war, but they won’t make an agreement without mutual trust.

A Chinese flag is seen on a display at the NBA flagship retail store on Oct. 9 in Beijing.

Is the NBA Doomed in China?

When it comes to Hong Kong’s protests, Beijing won’t play ball.

A man poses with fireworks during a massive parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing on Oct. 1.

The People’s Republic at 70

As China marches forward, what does its future hold?

Chinese street vendors wait for customers at a local market outside a state-owned coal-fired power plant in Anhui province, China, in June.

Why Doesn’t China Have Its Own Greta Thunberg?

There is little daily public concern about climate change in China, and combating it is seen as the state’s responsibility.

Pro-democracy protesters participate in a human chain event in Victoria Park in Hong Kong on Sept. 18.

Are Hong Kong’s Protests Dying Down?

While turnout has declined, the demonstrators’ sentiment remains.

A customer shops for pork at a market in Beijing on September 5.

Why China’s Leaders Are Losing Sleep Over Pigs

For the Chinese middle class, pork is a key indicator of prosperity.

People walk past a screen replaying Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam's announcement of the formal withdrawal of the extradition bill on September 4 in Hong Kong.

Will Hong Kong’s Protesters Accept Carrie Lam’s Concession?

A contentious extradition bill is finally revoked, but it might be a case of too little, too late.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with reporters at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 26. Trump’s remarks on U.S.-China trade during the summit prompted confusion.

The Mysterious Case of Trump’s Trade Calls With China

This week: Mixed messages on the U.S.-China trade war, the return of Mao-era paranoia, and what keeps Chinese leaders up at night.

Protesters gather outside the Central Government complex after a march during a demonstration on in Hong Kong on August 18.

Decoding China’s 280-Character Web of Disinformation

This week: A social media ban on a network of Chinese accounts, strange ties between a dissident group and the U.S. far-right, and a corporate crackdown in Hong Kong.

A pro-democracy protester holds a placard during a demonstration at Hong Kong's international airport on August 13.

Can Hong Kong’s Protests Survive?

This week: Growing violence in Hong Kong, a Chinese Communist party retreat, and a Christmas truce in the trade war.

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