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Peng Shuai of China returns a shot against Daria Kasatkina of Russia during the women's singles first round match of 2019 China Open at the China National Tennis Center in Beijing on Sept. 28, 2019.

Peng Shuai and the CCP’s Clumsy Propaganda Effort

The cover-up adds to pressure for a U.S. boycott of the Olympics.

A large screen displays U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a virtual summit outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 16.

Xi-Biden Summit Produces Few Breakthroughs

The White House still lacks a coherent China strategy.

Books on Chinese President Xi Jinping are seen on display at a bookstore in Beijing on Nov. 8.

How Will Xi Jinping Rewrite History?

At a meeting this week, the Chinese leader will take the opportunity to turn his narrative into doctrine.

Health workers conduct COVID-19 tests on travelers exiting Yantai Railway Station in Shandong province, China, on Nov. 2.

Can China Maintain Its Zero-COVID Policy?

Despite extremely low case numbers, lockdowns are becoming increasingly disruptive.

Workers pull a rope as a cargo ship carrying containers docks at the Lianyungang Port Container Terminal in Lianyungang, China on March 24.

Why China’s Supply Chains Are Breaking Down

Fear of coronavirus outbreaks and recent manufacturing struggles are causing disruptions with global ripple effects.

Residential buildings under construction are seen in Yichang, China, on Oct. 20.

Property Crisis Underpins China’s Economic Slowdown

Real estate has become the dominant investment in China because it isn’t taxed. The sector is in trouble.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen attends national day celebrations in Taipei on Oct. 10.

Why China Won’t Back Off Taiwan

Concessions to Taipei remain politically risky in Beijing.

People watch a flight demonstration of Chengdu Aircraft Corporation's J-10s, made for for the People's Liberation Army Air Force, in Zhuhai, China.

What Do China’s Taiwan Intrusions Mean?

Warplanes buzzing the island’s buffer zone send a signal to the Taiwanese leadership—and to those on the mainland.

Electrical workers carry out maintenance work on a transmission tower in Qingdao, China, on Sept. 24.

China Faces an Electricity Crisis

Blackouts and factory shutdowns add more strain to the economy and threaten to disrupt global supply chains.

A Chinese flag waves in front of the Evergrande Center building in Shanghai, China, on Sept. 22.

Will China Bail Out Evergrande?

Even if it does, the real estate giant’s crisis doesn’t bode well for the economy.

The construction site of an Evergrande housing complex is seen in Zhumadian, China, on Sept. 14.

Has China’s Housing Crisis Finally Arrived?

The government seeks to avoid Evergrande Group becoming Beijing’s Lehman Brothers.

Two girls play video games at a digital art exhibition at a museum in Beijing on Aug. 12.

Why China Is Cracking Down on Video Games

New restrictions on how much time minors can spend gaming reflect broader ideological concerns.

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves at the Birds Nest stadium in Beijing on June 28.

Xi’s Prosperity Gospel

Beijing’s emphasis on sharing the wealth seems to cloak another attack on the rich—party leadership excluded.

A security guard stands outside the bio-level 4 research lab at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, on Sept. 26, 2002.

Why China Keeps Spinning COVID-19 Conspiracies

A fake expert is the latest part of a state media push to blame the United States for the pandemic—at great diplomatic cost.

Visitors play video games at the annual Animation-Comic-Game in Hong Kong on July 24.

Will China Regulate Video Games?

A call for greater oversight of the gaming industry has undercut technology firms already facing threats of a wider crackdown.

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