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U.S. President Joe Biden takes part in a press conference on the final day of the G-7 summit at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, United Kingdom, on June 13.

Will Europe Get Tough on China?

The latest G-7 summit shows Biden could be more successful than Trump in courting allies to counter Beijing.

Passengers take the escalator from the subway in Wuhan, China, on May 31.

Why Beijing Will Never Cooperate With a COVID-19 Investigation

Although a lab leak is unlikely, officials have plenty to conceal in Wuhan.

Elementary school students play on International Children's Day in Haian, China, on June 1.

China’s Three-Child Policy Won’t Create a Baby Boom

The costs of raising children, not government restraints, are stopping Chinese parents from having more.

People pay respect to agronomist Yuan Longping near a super hybrid rice experimental field in Sanya, Hainan province, China, on May 26.

China Mourns Scientist Who Curbed Famine

Yuan Longping, who developed hybrid rice in the 1970s, won global recognition and became a national icon.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer looks over notes before speaking during a news conference about the Endless Frontier Act in Washington on May 18.

A New Era of U.S.-China Competition Begins

A bill with bipartisan support aims to counter Beijing through funding new technologies. Businesses and special interest groups have jumped right in.

Security cameras are seen at the entrance of a bar and restaurant area in Beijing on April 20, 2020.

School Death Stirs Rare Scandal in China

Local protests have raised questions about the surveillance state after a teenager mysteriously fell to his death in Chengdu.

A man walks with the Chinese national flag in a park next to the Yangtze River in Wuhan, China, on Sept. 4, 2020.

The Downside of China’s Online Muscle-Flexing

An offensive Weibo post about India’s coronavirus crisis highlights the limits of “wolf warrior” diplomacy.

A woman holds a baby wearing a protective shield during rush hour in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 13.

China Set to Record Its First Population Decline in Decades

Census data is expected to reflect a simple reality: Having children in China is expensive and burdensome for many families.

Smoke belches from a factory near Datong, Shanxi province, China, on Nov. 19, 2015.

Biden and Xi Expected to Meet at Virtual Climate Summit

Despite official aspirations, environmental cooperation isn’t likely to significantly improve U.S.-China relations.

Battle of Guningtou monument is in Taiwan.

China Intensifies Provocations Over Taiwan

The risk of invasion remains small, but Beijing’s rhetoric and posturing raises some red flags.

A health worker administers the vaccine developed by China's Sinovac firm to a woman at Saeng Thip sports ground in Bangkok on April 7.

China’s Vaccine Diplomacy Has Mixed Results

Concerns about the efficacy of Sinovac and Sinopharm has dented their reputation, even among allies of Beijing.

Hong Kong Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang Kwok-wai, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, and Permanent Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Roy Tang pose before a press conference at government headquarters in Hong Kong on March 30.

Another Blow to Hong Kong’s Dying Democracy

A new law all but guarantees that the city’s legislature will be stacked with supporters of Beijing.

The Chinese and U.S. delegations speak at talks in Alaska.

China Hits Back at Western Sanctions

With officials held to account for atrocities in Xinjiang, Beijing has enacted scattershot retaliatory measures against U.S. allies.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives in South Korea.

U.S. and Chinese Diplomats Set to Meet on Thin Ice

Bilateral talks in Alaska are likely to be an airing of grievances, not an exchange of views.

Chinese personnel stand in formation next to a portrait of President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Oct. 22, 2020.

China’s Military Is Outmatched

As the Quad alliance prepares to meet, leaders should take an honest look at the challenges China’s military presents.

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