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Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Chen Miner attends the 19th Party Congress in Beijing on Oct. 19. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Xi Jinping Has Quietly Chosen His Own Successor

Meet Chen Miner, the man who has been getting groomed to run China — without anyone in the West seeming to notice.

China's President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 18. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

The Resistible Rise of Xi Jinping

China's president radically changed his country, and the Communist Party, through skill, determination — and a series of lucky breaks.

Policemen escort a handcuffed man on Oct. 12, 2005 in Meishan of Sichuan Province, southwest China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

China Is Getting Better at Undermining Global Human Rights

It doesn’t help that the Trump administration doesn’t seem to mind.

Indian military recruits during a parade near Srinagar, India, on March 4, 2015. (Rouf Bhat/AFP/Getty Images)

Is India Starting to Flex Its Military Muscles?

A new willingness to use force beyond its borders suggests that a sleeping giant may be awakening.

The sign and logo of Wanda Group, a Chinese multinational conglomerate corporation and FIFA partner, on Oct. 13, 2016 at FIFA headquarters in Zurich. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s No Accident That China’s Tycoons Are Bad Investors

The first priority for wealthy Chinese has been to move as much money abroad as possible. If Beijing has its way, that won't be an option anymore.

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves upon his arrival at Hamburg Airport for the G20 economic summit on July 6. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

1.3 Billion People Are in One Man’s Grip

Why Xi Jinping will dominate this week's 19th Party Congress and what it means for China's future.

U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopters operate in formation. (U.S. Army Photo)

Saudi National Guard Prepping for New Deployment to Yemen Border

Newly formed aviation brigade is being sent to target Houthi rebels.

Global destinations of Chinese foreign aid between 2000 and 2014. (Map used with permission of AidData).

Russia Is the Biggest Recipient of Chinese Foreign Aid

China has given Moscow $36.6 billion in aid since 2000. The goal? Russian oil.

A Chinese trader prepares goods headed to North Korea on Dec. 30, 2011. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Succeed in Business in North Korea

International sanctions can't compete against the ingenuity of North Korean entrepreneurs.

China's President Xi Jinping poses after delivering his speech at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on March 27, 2014. After a day devoted to multi-billion-dollar business deals, Chinese leader Xi Jinping trained his sights on culture and history today on the last day of his lavish visit to France. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Christian Hartmann        (Photo credit should read CHRISTIAN HARTMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

As U.S. Retreats From World Organizations, China Steps in to Fill the Void

Beijing is trying to repurpose abandoned international agencies like UNESCO to serve its strategic interests — such as controlling the internet.

The X-51A Waverider is a hypersonic vehicle designed to ride on its own shockwave and travel at speeds of up to Mach 6.

Report: Hypersonic Missiles Could Trigger a War

With these new weapons, countries might become “trigger-happy.”

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in 2014.

America’s Biggest Southeast Asian Ally Is Drifting Toward China

Thailand has been slipping into Beijing's orbit for decades. It's time for Trump to make a counter-offer.

NINGBO, CHINA - FEBRUARY 18:  (CHINA OUT) Finished inflatable sex dolls are stored in a warehouse at the Jiamei plastic toy factory on February 18, 2012 in Ningbo, China. The Jiamei plastic toy company, based in the suburb of Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China, produces cheap sex dolls at an average price of 100RMB (15.80 USD), and has done so for several years. According to the company, more than 50,000 sex dolls are sold to the domestic market in Japan and Korea each year. (Photo by Kevin Zen/Getty Images)

Sex Dolls Are Replacing China’s Missing Women

The country's gender gap has left young men desperate for high-tech alternatives.

TO GO WITH Thailand-SEAsia-environment-dam,FEATURE by Amelie Bottollier-Depois
This picture taken on May 29, 2013 shows a fisherman sitting on his boat as he pulls his net from the Mekong river in Wiang Kaen, a district in the northern Thai province of Chiang Rai bordering Laos.  The waters of the mighty Mekong have sustained generations of families but nowadays its fishermen often find their nets empty and fear hydropower mega-dams will destroy their livelihoods.     AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Mekong Plans Threaten Disaster for Countries Downstream

Beijing is building hydroelectric dams and dredging to allow bigger boats as worries of environmental devastation grow.

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