Asia

A screen shows Putin speaking.

It’s Russia, Stupid (For Now)

Biden wants to focus on China. That’s a gift to Putin.

An Afghan Commandos soldier stands guard.

Afghan Air Force Could Be Grounded After U.S. Pullout

The one advantage the Afghan army had on the Taliban looks set to slip away with the hasty U.S. withdrawal.

Street artists paint a mural depicting COVID-19 front-line workers in Nepal.

Nepal’s Vaccine Disaster Has Left Millions Unprotected

Alleged corruption and geopolitical worries have created a deadly shortage.

Me Too protest in China

The Sneaky Conservatism of China’s Feminist Dramas

As Beijing limits women’s choices, ta shidai television shows soothe without offering real change.

Truck at a roadblock in Democratic Republic of the Congo

It’s the Roads, Stupid

Armed checkpoints along key trade routes—not natural resources—are the key to financing rebel groups and insurgencies around the world.

Medical personnel receive the Moderna vaccine in Taiwan.

U.S.-China Spat Over Taiwan Extends to Vaccine Diplomacy

The United States is providing hundreds of thousands of vaccines right in China’s front yard.

Employees work on the production line of CoronaVac, Sinovac Biotech's vaccine against COVID-19 coronavirus at the Butantan biomedical production center, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Jan. 14.

Vaccine Diplomacy Boosts China’s Standing in Latin America

Beijing has increased its leverage in the region—but Washington can still stage a comeback.

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Unlucky Tokyo Rolls the Olympic Dice—Again

With cancellation so prominent in Japan’s Olympic history, Tokyo 2021 has emerged as a cautionary tale.

Putin and Modi at the 2016 BRICS summit

Asia’s Stakes in the Biden-Putin Summit

Geopolitical shifts have put a U.S.-Russian detente in the interest of much of Asia.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian speaks.

China’s Diplomacy Is Limiting Its Own Ambitions

Beijing’s self-imposed problems make it a less threatening challenger than it seems.

People watch as the container ship the Ever Given is refloated, unblocking the Suez Canal in Suez, Egypt, on March 29.

The Ever Given Crew Are Still Stuck at Sea

Here’s why and what their story means for other seafarers.

Uyghurs demonstrate in London.

Beijing Plans a Slow Genocide in Xinjiang

Chinese officials’ own words speak to plans to reduce Uyghur births.

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto

As the Clock Ticks, Japanese Wonder If the Olympics Are Worth the Risk

Opponents are calling foul, but the data suggests the event can be pulled off.

A 12-year-old worker carries coal in the district of Jaintia Hills, India, on April 15, 2001.

The Asian Development Bank’s Green Future

The ADB won’t finance coal, but its bans on dirty fuel may not go far enough.

An Afghan boy looks on in a damaged house near the site of an attack in Kabul.

Taliban Map Out Future Vision for Afghanistan

The militant group’s spokesman vows to “continue our war” until Afghanistan has an Islamic government.

Sons help their father at an Afghan hospital.

Afghanistan Swamped by COVID-19’s Third Wave

The government dithered and denied the pandemic’s severity. Now, a health disaster looms.

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