People's Liberation Army Air Force pilots march after performing a flight demonstration program at the 13th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, in southern China's Guangdong province, on Sept. 28.

Threatening Taiwan Gets China More Than Invading It Would

The language of force has let Beijing limit and use the island.

Xi Zhongxun from a postage stamp commemorating the Chinese military leader.

A Squabble About History Almost Killed Xi Jinping’s Father

Fights about the party’s past are serious business in Beijing.

A silhouette of a demonstrator is seen behind a Chinese flag.

How China Became Jihadis’ New Target

International terrorist organizations long considered Beijing a secondary focus. That’s changed.

Foreign diplomats look across the DMZ into North Korea.

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.

A large screen displays China's President Xi Jinping outside a shopping mall on November 16  in Beijing, China.

The Chinese Communist Party Still Thinks It Owns the Future

Outsiders might see a peaking power, but China’s leaders don’t.

Peng Shuai plays at a tennis tournament in New Zealand.

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.

A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.

Pentagon Quietly Puts More Troops in Taiwan

Deeper U.S. engagement comes as the wisdom of strategic ambiguity is increasingly questioned.

A large screen displays video of U.S. President Joe Biden (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping as people walk by during the evening CCTV news broadcast outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 16.

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.

U.S. President Joe Biden participates in a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Biden and Xi Pause Saber Rattling for First Face-to-Face

Breakthroughs remain elusive, but both sides agreed on need to manage tensions.

A military helicopter flies with Taiwans national flag during the National Day in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei on October 10, 2020.

China Urged Republicans to Cancel Taiwan Visit

Beijing warned U.S. lawmakers the trip would erode the “One China” status quo.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

What to Expect From the Biden-Xi Virtual Summit

Heated words, frank conversations, and little end in sight to the world’s biggest showdown.

A Chinese customer uses her mobile to scan a QR code while paying with the WeChat app at a local market in Beijing on Sept. 19, 2020.

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?

U.S. soldiers offload from a helicopter in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Military Isn’t Ready to Confront China

Two decades of counterinsurgency didn’t do it any favors.

Protesters demonstrate outside the venue of the U.N. climate change conference.

COP26 Is Silent on Human Rights in China

Environmental activists are afraid of angering Beijing.

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