Asia

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai greets a participant during the opening of the two-day talks between the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives.

This Time, Russia Is in Afghanistan to Win

Putin is replicating his success in Syria in a new theater of conflict—and part of his plan is to hurt American interests once again.

Papuan students take part in a rally.

Black Lives Matter in Indonesia, Too

American protests are inspiring Indonesians to tackle racism against Papuans.

A Muslim family offers a special prayer in their home during the Eid-al-Fitr festival.

India’s Islamophobia Creeps Into Nepal

Nationalist media and pandemic fears have caused hatred to go viral.

Indian Malaria Fumigation

Malaria May Still Be 2020’s Biggest Killer

The coronavirus has shut down large-scale treatment and prevention programs around the globe, which could send malaria deaths skyrocketing this year.

Police commando personnel stand guard.

Indians Are Supporting George Floyd—and Ignoring Police Brutality in Their Own Country

There are no protests to mark the systematic mistreatment of the country’s poor, lower-caste communities or other minority groups.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony.

The Coronavirus Could Hit Putin Most of All

New surveys show a surprising decline in the Russian president’s popularity. The pandemic will accelerate a trend of mistrust in the Kremlin.

Coronavirus Travel Bubbles

Welcome to a World of Bubbles

Countries across Europe and Asia are exploring special bilateral arrangements to ease border restrictions. The result could be a globe fractured along epidemiological lines.

Police detain people during protests in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Ensnared in U.S.-China Showdown

The U.S. pronouncement that it no longer considers Hong Kong to be independent from China paves the way for future sanctions, which could hurt the very people the United States means to help.

A cotton grower looks on as she works in a cotton plantation.

It’s Not Time to End the Uzbek Cotton Boycott Yet

Companies should not buy Uzbekistan’s cotton until labor protections and responsible sourcing are guaranteed.

An Indian soldier communicates with colleagues on a walkie talkie at Nathula Gate, leading to the Nathu La border crossing between India and China.

Why We Should Worry About China and India’s Border Skirmishes

Three decades ago, the two countries reached an understanding not to fight. But Beijing is now a much stronger power.

Taliban militants and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the U.S.-Afghan peace deal in Laghman province, Afghanistan, on March 2.

For the Taliban, the Pandemic Is a Ladder

The Islamist group is using the coronavirus crisis for propaganda—with potentially dire consequences for those living under its control.

Residents make their way along a road in Amritsar, India, on April 30.

Why Herd Immunity Won’t Save India From COVID-19

Rather than relying on mass infection to build resistance to the coronavirus, the country needs a long-term, data-driven, decentralized approach.

Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Generosity Is an Easy Win for China After the Coronavirus Pandemic

Electrifying rural health care facilities would burnish Beijing’s reputation in poor countries throughout Africa and Asia and cost next to nothing.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in visits the Daegu Medical Center in Daegu, South Korea, on Feb. 25.

The Future Is Asian—but Not Chinese

A post-pandemic cold war is developing between the United States and China—but both sides are losing the ideological fight.

Members of the California National Guard help pack boxes on March 24 in San Jose, California.

Pentagon Considers Extending Enlistments During Pandemic

Senior defense official expects to see more impacts to war readiness as the coronavirus outbreak hampers recruiting and halts travel.

People in need stand in queue as volunteers distribute free food packets in Guwahati, India, during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown against the spread of the coronavirus.

Modi’s India Isn’t Prepared for the Coronavirus

New Delhi’s lockdown has stalled the spread of the pandemic but a lack of planning has led to hunger, uncertainty, and panic.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wearing a face mask attends a press conference at the prime minister's official residence on April 7 in Tokyo.

Japan Is Testing the Limits of Pandemic Economics

Can the world’s most indebted country afford a $1 trillion stimulus?

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly

Navy Brass Felt Blindsided by Fired Carrier Captain’s Emailed Appeal

The commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt had two direct calls with top Navy aides before his warning about the dire situation on board leaked publicly.

A U.S. Navy helicopter lands on an aircraft carrier.

Pentagon Removes Carrier From Middle East Amid Pandemic-Induced Resource Fight

The Defense Department will end the deployment of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the Middle East as the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. military has intensified.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (left), the director-general of the World Health Organization, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Jan. 28.

How WHO Became China’s Coronavirus Accomplice

Beijing is pushing to become a public health superpower—and quickly found a willing international partner.