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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.

Students draw images commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party in Qingzhou, China, on June 24.

Why China Is Cracking Down on Private Tutoring

Regulations on the $120 billion industry reflect concerns over the education rat race.

People wade through floodwaters along a street following heavy rains in Zhengzhou.

China’s Drowned City Is a Bleak Sign of a Changing Climate

Infrastructural damage will hurt global supply chains for electronics and cars.

Flags fly outside the New York Stock Exchange.

Is Western Finance Underestimating Chinese Political Risk?

CEOs need to get better at listening to bad news about China.

Ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing's logo is shown on a building in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 4, 2018.

Didi’s Tumble Is Another Sign of the Great Decoupling

And that the Chinese technology sector’s era of relative freedom may be over.

A display commemorates the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Chinese Communist Party in Shanghai on June 30.

Chinese Communist Party Marks Centennial

One hundred years since its founding, the party commands more control inside China than ever before.

Apple Daily employees work.

Hong Kong’s Biggest Pro-Democracy Newspaper Prints Final Edition

The national security law has brought down Apple Daily, one of the last bastions of media resistance to Beijing.

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