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A general view shows Harcourt Road after it was cleared in Hong Kong early on June 22 after protests on June 21.

In Hong Kong, the Freedom to Publish Is Under Attack

If the extradition law is eventually forced through the Hong Kong legislature, censorship of books will become commonplace in what has long been a bastion of publishing freedom.

Police gather at a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on early June 10, 2019.

One Country, Two Systems, Lots of Problems

Beijing’s soft sell to Taiwan and Hong Kong is falling apart.

The front page of a Chinese evening newspaper, showing images of a 2018 meeting between China's President Xi Jinping with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is displayed in Beijing on March 28, 2018.

Xi Meets Kim in North Korea

Plus: EU leaders discuss top jobs, Trudeau heads to the White House, and the other stories we’re following today.

South Koreans in Seoul watch a television broadcast reporting a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping on March 28.

From Pariah to Pawn

Trump helped make Kim Jong Un a global statesman. Now China is using him to antagonize the United States.

Protesters demonstrate bill on June 16, 2019 in Hong Kong.

Beijing Blames Foreigners When Hong Kongers March

Belief in foreign spies is projection about the Party's own overseas activities.

Protesters march against the now-suspended China Extradition Law on June 16 in Hong Kong.

China’s Grip on Hong Kong

Plus: The U.N. report on Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, an exodus from Congo, and the other stories we’re following today.

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

The Secret Sources of Populism

It is a direct response to the West’s loss of prestige and authority. And it won’t be the last political trend sparked from the outside.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on April 25.

Big Brother Comes to Belgrade

Chinese facial recognition software has arrived in Serbia. It confirms the West’s worst fears about Huawei.

Piglets stand in a pen at a pig farm in Yiyang county, in China's central Henan province, on Aug. 10, 2018.

China’s Outrage Culture Packs a Mean Punch

UBS is the latest company to cave to irrational but politically powerful demands.

The sun sets at the Summer Palace on October 8, 2005 in Beijing, China.

China Is Winning the Solar Space Race

The United States should be leading on the energy of the future — but it keeps blowing its chances.

A from Iranian news agency Tasnim reportedly shows an Iranian navy boat trying to control the fire from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker in the Gulf of Oman on June 13.

The World This Weekend

Fallout continues after tanker attacks, protests rage in Hong Kong, and talks resume in Sudan.

Protesters hold placards and shout slogans during a rally against the extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 9.

How to Speak Out and Stay Hidden in Hong Kong

Protest veterans have developed new tactics—but so have the police.

Protesters attend a rally against a controversial extradition law in Hong Kong on June 9.

How an Extradition Bill Became a Red Line for Hong Kongers

On the podcast: A former China correspondent traces Beijing’s gradual effort to erode human rights in Hong Kong.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo is displayed in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008.

How to Take Care of an Ex-Spy

Former intelligence officers need compassion —or they can turn sour.

Protesters hold placards and shout slogans as they take part in a rally against the extradition law outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on May 4.

How Hong Kong’s Unrest Plays to Beijing’s Hawks

Hard-liners say the protests only prove that America’s hidden hand is everywhere.

A from Iranian news agency Tasnim reportedly shows an Iranian navy boat trying to control the fire from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker in the Gulf of Oman on June 13.

U.S. Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks

Plus: Expert committee convenes on Ebola, Boris Johnson inches closer to the prime minister's office, and the other stories we're following today.

Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march calling on the European Union to do more on China's crackdown against Uighurs, in Brussels on April 27, 2018.

Xinjiang Visit by U.N. Counterterrorism Official Provokes Outcry

Rights activists say upcoming trip by U.N. diplomat could reinforce Beijing’s line that Uighur activists are terrorists.

A Chinese worker looks on as a cargo ship is loaded at a port in Qingdao, China, on July 13, 2017.

China Is Bluffing in the Trade War

Chinese leaders say they can effectively retaliate against Trump’s tariffs. They’re wrong.

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