Threatening Taiwan Gets China More Than Invading It Would
The language of force has let Beijing limit and use the island.
A Squabble About History Almost Killed Xi Jinping’s Father
Fights about the party’s past are serious business in Beijing.
How China Became Jihadis’ New Target
International terrorist organizations long considered Beijing a secondary focus. That’s changed.
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.
The Chinese Communist Party Still Thinks It Owns the Future
Outsiders might see a peaking power, but China’s leaders don’t.
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.
Pentagon Quietly Puts More Troops in Taiwan
Deeper U.S. engagement comes as the wisdom of strategic ambiguity is increasingly questioned.
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.
Biden and Xi Pause Saber Rattling for First Face-to-Face
Breakthroughs remain elusive, but both sides agreed on need to manage tensions.
China Urged Republicans to Cancel Taiwan Visit
Beijing warned U.S. lawmakers the trip would erode the “One China” status quo.
What to Expect From the Biden-Xi Virtual Summit
Heated words, frank conversations, and little end in sight to the world’s biggest showdown.
China’s Social Media Explosion
Now that all the major U.S. platforms have left the country, what does the world’s largest social media market look like?
The U.S. Military Isn’t Ready to Confront China
Two decades of counterinsurgency didn’t do it any favors.