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Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo, at the Helsinki International Airport on July 10. (Jussi Nukari/AFP/Getty Images)

Liu Xia’s Freedom Shows China Can Still Be Pressured

Even Beijing admitted the Nobel laureate's widow had committed no crime.

Musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi (C) is joined by other activists on July 11, 2018 in Kampala, Uganda during a protest against a controversial tax on the use of social media.

Africa’s Attack on Internet Freedom

While Washington turns a blind eye, autocrats across the continent are muzzling their citizens online.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left North Korea after two days of “productive” talks, while Pyongyang decried U.S. “gangster-like” tactics, on July 7, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)

Crisis in U.S. Nuclear Talks With Pyongyang Not China’s Doing, Experts Say

Beijing is angry over the U.S. trade war, but Trump’s own mishandling of North Korea talks are the main problem.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) speaks during a meeting with North Korea's director of the United Front Department, Kim Yong Chol (R) at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang on July 6, 2018. (ANDREW HARNIK/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Deal Is All Show, No Reality in Pyongyang

Negotiations with North Korea are a grueling process. The president’s empty boasts don’t help.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and aides in Pyongyang on July 6. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)

The Singapore Honeymoon Is Over

Trump in Singapore was spectacle. Pompeo in Pyongyang is the grim reality.

Flags with the logo and the World Cup 2018 mascot Zabivaka are seen in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow on June 30, 2018 during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP)        (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Read FP’s Coverage of the 2018 World Cup

War is politics by other means — and so is the World Cup.

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images)

Chinese Investment in the U.S. Tanks Amid Major Policy Crackdowns

With or without a trade war, Chinese foreign direct investment to the United States won’t stop tumbling anytime soon.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (R) before the G20 leaders' family photo in Hangzhou on September 4, 2016.
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Japan’s China Deals Are Pure Pragmatism

Even Donald Trump can't push Tokyo into Beijing's arms.

Zhao Benshan, a famous comedian and a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), walks through a swarm of journalists outside the Great Hall of the People  on March 1, 2013 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

China’s Censors Love The Laugh Track

Chinese comedians are learning the art of the American sitcom.

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China.   (Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images)

The U.S. Can’t Afford to Demonize China

The relationship between Beijing and Washington is collapsing fast, to everyone’s detriment.

An oil tanker prepares to dock at Khark Island in the Persian Gulf on March 12, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Push to Ban Iranian Oil Could Mean Pain at the Pump

Big buyers of Iranian oil such as China are seen as unlikely to cut purchases to zero, but sanctions will still send crude prices higher.

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Experts Question Wisdom of Canceling U.S. Exercises with South Korea, As Mattis Makes It Official

But some analysts say it’s a small price to pay for the possibility of peace with North Korea.

U.N. peacekeepers patrol near Juba, South Sudan, on Oct. 4, 2016. (Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia and China See in Trump Era a Chance to Roll Back Human Rights Promotion at U.N.

As the United States retreats from the world, Moscow and Beijing seek to gut U.N. programs, cut staff.

U.S. President Donald Trump (C), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R), and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) pose for photos before attending the Northeast Asia Security Dinner at the U.S. Consulate General   in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017.

With North Korea, Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

Trump's unilateral negotiating strategy will fail unless the United States collaborates with its regional allies — and adversaries — to forge a lasting peace.

Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces and future U.S. president, General Dwight D. Eisenhower (L) with British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (R), his deputy commander, in an unknown location in June 1944 after Allied forces stormed the Normandy beaches.

Washington Needs a New Solarium Project To Counter Cyberthreats

President Eisenhower confronted the unprecedented nuclear threat of the 1950s with a novel exercise. The United States needs a similar approach to tackle today's cyber threats.

Then Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping kicks a Gaelic football  as he visits Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, on February 19, 2012. (Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images)

Xi Jinping Is the World’s Most Powerful Soccer Coach

China's team is a national embarrassment — but the party chairman has big plans for the game.

A television broadcast of a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Seoul, South Korea on March 28.  (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Xi and Kim’s Marriage of Convenience

The Chinese president is briefed on the Singapore summit during the North Korean leader’s third state visit.

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State of the Trade Wars

Tracking U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs — and the retaliatory measures other countries are taking.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump during their historic U.S.-DPRK summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island on June 12, 2018 in Singapore.(Kevin Lim/THE STRAITS TIMES/Handout/Getty Images)

Kim Jong Un Gets to Sit at the Cool Table Now

Trump’s handshake gave North Korea the status boost marginal states crave.

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