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Former journlalist Zhou Yuan—the founder and CEO of Zhihu, a knowledge-sharing platform popular among China’s professional class—speaks during the 5th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, in Zhejiang province, China, on Nov. 8, 2018.

Once Muckrakers, Now Capitalists

How Chinese journalists traded censorship for the tech boom.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un  in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump to Hold Second Meeting With North Korea’s Kim Next Month

The U.S. president will press his counterpart for more tangible commitments to dismantle nuclear weapons.

A Chinese police officer takes his position by the road near what is officially called a “vocational education and training program” in Yining, in Xinjiang, China, on Sept. 4, 2018. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Detainees Are Trickling Out of Xinjiang’s Camps

House arrest or forced labor awaits most of those released so far in what may be a public relations ploy.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a Missile Defense Review announcement at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Jan. 17. (Martin H. Simon - Pool/Getty Images)

Trump’s Muscular New Plan to Fend Off Russian and Chinese Missiles

The U.S. president rolled out the most ambitious missile defense strategy since the end of the Cold War.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) bids farewell to South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) on Moon's departure from North Korea at Samjiyon airport on September 20, 2018 in Samjiyon, North Korea. (Photo by Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool/Getty Images)

South Korea Is an Ally, Not a Puppet

Washington's image of Seoul is stuck in the 1970s. It's time to move on.

A participant holds a banner with photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in front of the presidential palace during a demonstration on Dec. 21, 2018.

Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback

With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up—and they have won some significant victories.

A Chinese People's Liberation Army guard of honor marches during a ceremony on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June, 26, 2000.

U.S. Increasingly Concerned About a Chinese Attack on Taiwan

The Pentagon says reunification is the primary driver of China’s military modernization.

An AFP collaborator uses the Chinese app TikTok on Dec. 14, 2018 in Paris. (-/AFP/Getty Images)

ByteDance Can’t Outrun Beijing’s Shadow

The Chinese social media firm is the most valued start-up in the world—but it’s going to hit political walls.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the welcome ceremony for the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 15, 2017. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara-Pool/Getty Images)

The Belt and Road Initiative Is a Corruption Bonanza

Despots and crooks are using China’s infrastructure project to stay in power—with Beijing's help.

Portraits of Li Tingting, Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Wu Rongrong, and Zheng Churan—who became known as the Feminist Five—during a protest calling for their release in Hong Kong on April 11, 2015. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

The Patriarchy Strikes Back in China

Attempts to crush feminists and labor activists linking up show what the Communist Party fears most.

Chinese police officers watch a cargo ship at a port in Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong province on March 8, 2018. (AFP/Getty Images)

As West Grows Wary, Chinese Investment Plummets

The trade war and new U.S. regulations aimed at China are major factors.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend an event for business leaders in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

From China’s #MeToo movement to advice for a new incoming class of the U.S. Congress.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the nation in his first-prime address from the Oval Office of the White House on January 8, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Carlos Barria-Pool/Getty Images)

Welcome to the People’s Democratic Republic of America

Reporters need to start treating DC like a foreign posting.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is greeted by senior North Korean officials at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang on July 6, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. to Ease Limits on Humanitarian Aid to North Korea

Aid groups welcome the move, but it’s not likely to unlock stalled nuclear negotiations.

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