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A police patrol walks in an empty railway station on Jan. 7 in Shijiazhuang, China.

China Puts Millions of People Back Under Lockdown

As authorities push to keep the country largely coronavirus-free, restrictions take effect in the province around Beijing.

Police officers stand guard near the office of John Clancey, a human right lawyer, on Jan. 6 after he was arrested by police in Hong Kong.

Arrests Sound the Death Knell of Dissent in Hong Kong

Authorities have detained 53 politicians, protest leaders, and unionists under Beijing’s national security law.

A man drags a handcart along the road on Feb. 5 in Wuhan, China.

How China Shaped the World in 2020

Five major stories that have rippled far beyond Beijing this year.

A paramilitary police officer talks on his radio transmitter as he stands in front of the portrait of late communist leader Mao Zedong at Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on Oct. 13.

How a Chinese Communist Party Members List Became a Scare Story

An over-hyped leak illustrates the importance of context when discussing Chinese influence.

U.S. Reps. Ben Cline and Eric Swalwell talk during a break on June 17 in Washington.

U.S. Partisanship Is Harming Counterintelligence

The case of an alleged Chinese spy who worked her way into U.S. municipal politics raises tricky questions about how cautious politicians should be.

Bottles of Australian wine are displayed at a supermarket in Hangzhou, China, on Nov. 27.

Why China Just Doubled Down on Australia

Facing increasingly hostile diplomacy, Canberra is more likely to strengthen defense ties with Washington than cave to Beijing.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden introduces key foreign policy and national security nominees and appointments at the Queen Theatre on Nov. 24 in Wilmington, Delaware.

How Will Biden’s Team Handle China?

Deprioritizing Beijing on the foreign-policy agenda would be a dangerous mistake for the incoming U.S. administration.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a working session on the first day of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017.

Will the Trump Administration Sabotage U.S.-China Relations?

In their final weeks, hawks in the outgoing White House are trying to push through measures that would keep Beijing and Washington on a confrontational course.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping toast during a state luncheon for China on Sept. 25, 2015, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington.

Why Beijing Hasn’t Called Biden

That the Chinese leadership hasn’t congratulated the U.S. president-elect doesn’t mean it favors Trump.

A waitress watches a speech by U.S. President Donald Trump on a television during at a local bar on Nov. 4, 2020 in Beijing, China.

China Isn’t Nervous About the U.S. Election

The winner simply isn’t that important to Chinese leaders or the general public, who see the United States as a power in decline.

Chinese soldiers from the People's Liberation Army march after a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of China's entry into the Korean War, on Oct. 23 in Beijing.

Xi Is Out to Prove That This Is China’s Moment

As the Chinese leadership discusses a five-year plan in Beijing this week, it could underestimate the United States.

US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping arrive at a business leaders event inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017.

Why Does Trump Have a Chinese Bank Account?

The U.S. president has attacked Democratic nominee Joe Biden for his son’s dealings in China. But it appears Trump was himself pursuing business interests there.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives with Premier Li Keqiang for a reception at the Great Hall of the People on the eve of China's National Day on Sept. 30.

Xi Just Grabbed More Bureaucratic Power

A change to the Chinese Communist Party’s top-level meeting procedure follows a chilling pattern under Xi’s leadership.

A customer shops for vegetables at a market in Shenyang, China, on Sept. 9.

Are China’s Shelves Running Empty?

A state campaign against food waste has raised questions about food security after a year of natural disasters and contagion.

Chaopan Lin of China competes in the men's horizontal bar final during day 10 of the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on Oct. 13, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany.

Why Is China Sabotaging Its Own Athletes?

A new set of qualifications focused on strength rather than skill could actually harm Beijing’s efforts at the next Olympics.

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