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What Lessons Does China Take From Putin’s War?

A month into the invasion, Beijing is still backing Russia.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a press conference with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 14, 2018.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a press conference with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 14, 2018.

Reciprocity Is a Tool, Not a Strategy, Against China

Tit-for-tat tactics are sometimes necessary but rarely effective.

Crowds of travelers walk through a hall at a railway station in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on the last day of the Spring Festival holiday on Feb. 10, 2019.
Crowds of travelers walk through a hall at a railway station in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on the last day of the Spring Festival holiday on Feb. 10, 2019.

Don’t Give Up on Chinese Democracy

Times are dark, but civil society is quietly growing.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attends a special summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on COVID-19 via video link in Beijing on April 14.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attends a special summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on COVID-19 via video link in Beijing on April 14.

China’s Neighbors Face a Belligerent Post-Pandemic Beijing

Experts discuss the regional fallout of the coronavirus crisis.

A lab technician handles samples of DNA.
A lab technician handles samples of DNA.
Two women wear protective clothing on the street in Wuhan, China, on February 10.
Two women wear protective clothing on the street in Wuhan, China, on February 10.
Security guards wearing protective face masks stand at the exit of the Forbidden City in Beijing on Jan. 25.
Security guards wearing protective face masks stand at the exit of the Forbidden City in Beijing on Jan. 25.

The Wuhan Virus Could Hurt the Party’s Legitimacy

Local authorities are taking a bigger hit than the central government.

Chinese attendants close the curtains at the end of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 14,  2005.  (Cancan Chu/Getty Images)
Chinese attendants close the curtains at the end of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 14, 2005. (Cancan Chu/Getty Images)
People walk past a Huawei store in Beijing on Dec. 10, 2018. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk past a Huawei store in Beijing on Dec. 10, 2018. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photograph taken on August 22, 2017, doctors prepare instruments during a patient's plastic surgery procedure at Huamei Medical Cosmetology Hospital in Shanghai. (CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photograph taken on August 22, 2017, doctors prepare instruments during a patient's plastic surgery procedure at Huamei Medical Cosmetology Hospital in Shanghai. (CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Under the Knife in China

Lack of proper training leaves Chinese surgeons dangerously under-skilled.

A Uighur man and his granddaughter are seen in their home after a meal during the Corban Festival, known to Muslims worldwide as Eid al-Adha or “feast of the sacrifice,” in China’s far western Xinjiang province on Sept. 12, 2016. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
A Uighur man and his granddaughter are seen in their home after a meal during the Corban Festival, known to Muslims worldwide as Eid al-Adha or “feast of the sacrifice,” in China’s far western Xinjiang province on Sept. 12, 2016. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

China’s Nightmare Homestay

In Xinjiang, unwanted Chinese guests monitor Uighur homes 24/7.

The national flags of Australia and China are displayed before a portrait of Mao Zedong facing Tiananmen Square, during a visit by Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Beijing on April 26, 2011. The trip is Gillard's first to China, Australia's top trading partner, and comes at a time when the communist country is waging its toughest crackdown on dissent in years. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
The national flags of Australia and China are displayed before a portrait of Mao Zedong facing Tiananmen Square, during a visit by Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Beijing on April 26, 2011. The trip is Gillard's first to China, Australia's top trading partner, and comes at a time when the communist country is waging its toughest crackdown on dissent in years. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Is China Pulling the Strings Down Under?

Revelations about Chinese influence have rocked Australian media and politics. Should the U.S. have the same debate?

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13:  Ivanka Trump attends a round table discussion with her father U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on the advancement of women entrepreneurs and business leadersat the White House February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: Ivanka Trump attends a round table discussion with her father U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on the advancement of women entrepreneurs and business leadersat the White House February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Unpacking China’s Curious ‘Ivanka Fever’

The President's powerful daughter evokes deeply-held tropes in Chinese society.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan wave as they leave the plane upon their arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo II Government airport on May 8, 2015. Jinping arrived in Moscow to take part in the Victory Day celebrations. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan wave as they leave the plane upon their arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo II Government airport on May 8, 2015. Jinping arrived in Moscow to take part in the Victory Day celebrations. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

When Xi Meets the Trumps

China's president has descended on Florida for a summit with a counterpart he's never met. What happens now?

BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 18:  U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a joint press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on March 18, 2017 in Beijing, China. Tillerson is on his first visit to Asia as Secretary of State. (Photo by Lintao Zhang - Pool/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 18: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a joint press conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on March 18, 2017 in Beijing, China. Tillerson is on his first visit to Asia as Secretary of State. (Photo by Lintao Zhang - Pool/Getty Images)
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