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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.

A Chinese guard wears a protective mask as he sleeps in a chair near a footbridge on Feb. 12 in Beijing.

Has the Coronavirus Reached Its Peak in China?

Though the number of new cases has dipped, China’s health care system is still under significant strain.

Workers prepare the Wuhan International Conference and Exhibition Center to serve as a temporary hospital for new coronavirus patients in Wuhan, China, on Feb. 4.

China Is Under Lockdown

The mass quarantine in Hubei province hasn’t seemed to halt the spread of the new coronavirus, leading to other government measures.

A courier delivers supplies to the Wuhan Union Hospital on Jan. 29 in Wuhan, China.

How Is China Handling the Wuhan Virus Outbreak?

Chinese officials have extended the Lunar New Year holiday and started building emergency hospitals to combat the new coronavirus. Will it work?

Security officials check the temperature of passengers in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 22.

Wuhan Is Going Under Quarantine

Chinese officials have suspended travel from the epicenter of the new coronavirus as the Lunar New Year travel season kicks into high gear.

U.S. President Donald Trump, and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He sign trade agreements between the U.S. and China at the White House on Jan. 15 in Washington.

The ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal Is Still Hypothetical

The United States and China inked a preliminary agreement, but the question of its enforcement remains.

Taiwan's incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a rally on Jan. 8 in Taoyuan, Taiwan, ahead of Saturday's presidential election.

Taiwan’s Election Is a Referendum on Its Identity

Victory for incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen is all but certain, shaping Taipei’s future relationship with Beijing.

Chinese President Xi Jinping looks over Tiananmen Square

China’s Monumental Year

Ten stories that broadened our knowledge of China in 2019.

Anti-government protesters fill the streets in Hong Kong on July 21. ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images

China’s Year in 10 Charts

The political and economic trends that shaped China this year.

China's President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, arrive in Macao on Dec. 18.

Why China Isn’t Celebrating the Phase One Trade Deal

A preliminary agreement with the United States means no new tariffs, but the future of the economic relationship remains uncertain.

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