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Karambir's mother, Bahoti Devi, sits outside the family home with the farming family's buffalos behind her in Haryana, India, on March 27.

Farmers Have Become Martyrs in India

A grim death toll accompanies long-running protests.

Maori, one wearing European garb, paddle a canoe in an engraving from 1826.

How New Zealand Recognizes the People There First

The Maori term “tangata whenua” conveys a powerful relationship with the land.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the United Nations.

Profiling Modi’s India

A recent book shows how threats to democracy were apparent from the prime minister’s earliest beginnings.

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan performs.

Modi’s Growing Crackdown on Bollywood

India’s film industry is under growing pressure to bend its knee to Hindu nationalists.

Xi Zhongxun from a postage stamp commemorating the Chinese military leader.

A Squabble About History Almost Killed Xi Jinping’s Father

Fights about the party’s past are serious business in Beijing.

Anti-Taliban forces train.

Afghan Insurgents Are a Dead End

Rebuilding U.S. standing requires an end to backing militants abroad.

A silhouette of a demonstrator is seen behind a Chinese flag.

How China Became Jihadis’ New Target

International terrorist organizations long considered Beijing a secondary focus. That’s changed.

Men walk near the Torkham border crossing.

Afghan Refugees Get Cold Welcome in Pakistan

The Taliban takeover has pushed many Afghans over the border and into another kind of limbo.

Foreign diplomats look across the DMZ into North Korea.

The Life of Diplomats in North Korea

Internal U.N. documents detail the burden foreign envoys face from sanctions and a stiflingly controlling government in Pyongyang.

A large screen displays China's President Xi Jinping outside a shopping mall on November 16  in Beijing, China.

The Chinese Communist Party Still Thinks It Owns the Future

Outsiders might see a peaking power, but China’s leaders don’t.

Peng Shuai plays at a tennis tournament in New Zealand.

What’s Going on With China’s Missing Tennis Star?

Peng Shuai’s disappearance has mobilized the international community—and puts China’s Olympic dreams under even more scrutiny.

A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.

Pentagon Quietly Puts More Troops in Taiwan

Deeper U.S. engagement comes as the wisdom of strategic ambiguity is increasingly questioned.

Indian nuclear power plant in Narora

India Needs a Big Nuclear Bet to Keep COP26 Promises

The United States can play a key role in civilian nuclear aid.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to reporters.

Biden Struggles to Stick to the Script on Taiwan

Not for the first time, the U.S. president misspoke about the island at the center of U.S.-China tensions.

Indian border guards patrol the Indian-Pakistani border.

Border Openings Could Signal an Indian-Pakistani Thaw

Relaxing restrictions on the Punjab border could lead to a bigger shift as both sides recalibrate relations.

Myanmar armed forces chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing waves during the inauguration of a new military coast guard in Yangon, Myanmar, on Oct. 6.

China Warms Up to Myanmar’s Generals

Months after the coup, Beijing seeks stability—and protections for its investments—above all.

A large screen displays video of U.S. President Joe Biden (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping as people walk by during the evening CCTV news broadcast outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 16.

U.S.-China Trade Talks Should Prioritize Opening Up China’s Internet

One of the world’s biggest trade barriers is also a tool of censorship.

U.S. President Joe Biden participates in a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Biden and Xi Pause Saber Rattling for First Face-to-Face

Breakthroughs remain elusive, but both sides agreed on need to manage tensions.

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