Asia

Protesters demonstrate against proposed changes to Indonesia's criminal code.

Indonesia’s Activists Are Ready to Fight Together

Coalitions are forming in the face of threats to democracy and pluralism.

Ten-year-old Bilal Habibulla poses with his drawing of the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, at his home in Istanbul on April 27. The Id Kah Mosque is a symbol for the Uighur culture.

The Capital of Xinjiang Is Now in Turkey

Ethnic cleansing of Uighurs in China has forced an exodus to Istanbul—and a desperate effort to keep their culture alive.

Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga reviews an honor guard during a ceremonial reception in New Delhi on Sept. 20.

The United States Should Help Mongolia Stand Up to China

On Beijing’s doorstep, Ulaanbaatar continues to defy the geopolitical odds.

An illustration picture shows pills, tablets, caplets, and capsules of medicine in Lille on May 7, 2017.

Addicted in Bhutan

The country’s substance use spike is undermining its focus on gross national happiness.

A soldier launches a Javelin missile during a military drill in southern Taiwan's Pingtung county on May 30, 2019.

Beijing’s South China Sea Aggression Is a Warning to Taiwan

China’s salami-slicing tactics can be countered—if Taipei stays smart.

A "Goddess of Democracy" statue looks out over a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on June 4, marking the 30th anniversary of China's Tiananmen crackdown.

Chinese Propaganda Paints Hong Kong as a Spoiled Brat

The mainland’s new nationalism comes with a heavy dose of old patriarchy.

President George W. Bush deliver remarks while flanked by Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in the Rose Garden at the White House September 27, 2006 in Washington, DC.

We Lost the War in Afghanistan. Get Over It.

After 18 years of war, thousands of lives lost, and hundreds of billions of dollars squandered, the United States accomplished precisely nothing.

Journalists watch a live broadcast of Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking during the first session of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28.

China Lost the United States First

Beijing’s hostility started long before the trade war.

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When Everything Is a Human Right, Nothing Is

Reemphasizing fundamental rights is the best way to keep them universal.

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China.

Asia Has Three Possible Futures

The competition between the United States and China will decide the continent’s fate—and one of them has a head start.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25.

Asia’s Coming Era of Unpredictability

Why the crisis in Hong Kong and a deterioration in relations between South Korea and Japan are just the beginning of a broader period of flux in Asia.

South Korean protesters participate in a rally to denounce Japan's new trade restrictions on South Korea in front of the Japanese embassy on August 03, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.

Japan Started a War It Wasn’t Ready to Fight

Tokyo picked a trade brawl with Seoul—but wasn't prepared for the inevitable blowback.

Soldiers stand on the deck of the Yimen Shan as the vessel participates in a naval parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy in the sea near Qingdao, in China’s eastern Shandong province, on April 23.

The Future of the PLA

How China will use its military might.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speak during a press conference at the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney on Aug. 4.

Pacific Tour Tests New Pentagon Chief

Mark Esper sets out to persuade U.S. allies in Asia that the United States has their back.

Chinese flags are displayed in Chaoyang Park in Beijing on Sept. 30, 2006.

The Asian Century Is Over

Beset by conflicts, stagnating economies, and political troubles, the region no longer looks set to rule the world.

Filipinos protest in response to China's actions in the South China Sea and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's public statements in Manila on June 21.

Filipinos Don’t Trust Duterte to Handle China

A maritime clash has left the public wondering why their president won’t stand up to Beijing.

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China’s Overrated Technocrats

Beijing is famous for putting engineers and scientists in charge. But that doesn’t make for better leaders.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28.

China and Japan’s Pragmatic Peace

Facing U.S. unpredictability, both countries have decided that they’re better off working together.

U.S. President Donald Trump fist-bumps Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a meeting at the G-20 summit on in Osaka, Japan, on June 28.

To G-20 Leaders, Trump’s Bully Boy Routine Has Grown Old

He’ll insult them in public, then demand a deal behind closed doors. The meeting in Osaka is another test case of the president’s dealmaking skills.

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