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Will Hong Kong Flare Up or Flame Out?

How the protesters got here—and what will happen next.

Pro-democracy activist Avery Ng and supporters march to the Hong Kong Chinese Liaison office on June 5, after a vigil to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing.

How Close Is Hong Kong to a Second Tiananmen?

The Chinese Communist Party prefers violence to perceived weakness.

An educator introduces a Keeko robot to children at the Yiswind Institute of Multicultural Education in Beijing on July 30, 2018.

China’s AI Dreams Aren’t for Everyone

The Chinese government has big plans for artificial intelligence. Can it make them a reality in its education system?

A map of the world circa 1870 with possessions of the British Empire colored in red.

The World Is Reaping the Chaos the British Empire Sowed

Locals are still paying for the mess the British left behind in Hong Kong and Kashmir.

A policeman secures Terminal 1 after a scuffle with pro-democracy protestors at Hong Kong's International Airport on August 13, 2019.

Beijing’s Paranoia Sees the CIA Under Every Rock

Chinese propagandists are throwing around wild allegations in Hong Kong—but the leadership may really believe them.

A customer pays for a copy of the Africa edition of China Daily at a newsstand in Nairobi on Dec. 14, 2012.

In Africa, China Is the News

Beijing’s infrastructure projects may grab headlines, but its efforts to shape the media are more dangerous.

Indian security personnel walk on a street in Srinagar on August 9, 2019,

Our Top Weekend Reads

A crisis unfolds in Kashmir, the U.S.-China trade war escalates (again), and the United States grapples with back-to-back mass shootings.

Messages left by protesters are posted on "the Lennon Wall" during a rally against a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong on June 16, 2019.

Universities Are Turning a Blind Eye to Chinese Bullies

Mainland thuggery against Hong Kongers is being extended to foreign campuses.

The movie poster for "One Child Nation."

The Dark Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy

On the podcast: The filmmaker Nanfu Wang tells the harrowing story of her own family’s one-child ordeal.

In China’s Credit Ratings, Democracies Pay a Price

Data from Chinese firms shows a Beijing-dominated world would be a financial boost for autocrats.

A trader works at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City on Aug. 5.

Currency War With China Dooms Trade Talks

Trump’s puzzling move to ratchet up tensions won’t work, experts say.

A detachment of the Chinese People's Armed Police responsible for the security of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City marches on to the square in Beijing on November 23, 2009.

China’s Paramilitary Police Could Crush Hong Kong

The People’s Armed Police, not the army itself, is the sharp edge of daily repression on the mainland.

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.

Two men sit holding North Korean and Chinese flags near Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on June 20, as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the country.

Pyongyang Is Playing Washington Against Beijing

China is finding it harder and harder to steer its troublesome ally.

Protesters face off with police during a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019.

Why Is Hong Kong Erupting?

Hong Kongers are fighting for their city's unique status under the shadow of Beijing.

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