Hong Kong Police Mix Colonial and Communist Brutality
As Beijing cracks down, it turns to familiar tools of repression.
Xi Jinping Is a ‘Good Emperor’
An advocate for China describes why the pandemic has increased his trust in Xi, the party, and Beijing.
Vietnam’s Coronavirus Success Is Built on Repression
The Communist Party’s tools of control made for effective virus-fighting weapons.
Wuhan Gets Its First Virus Martyr
The coronavirus has killed an early whistleblower. The question now is whether Beijing celebrates his sacrifice—or buries his story.
Chinese Health Care Needs More Communism
As the Wuhan virus spreads, access to health care is a critical issue.
Why the Berlin Wall Still Matters
Fragments of the wall have become museum pieces. But with the rise of extremist parties in Germany, the debate over the barrier’s legacy is anything but history.
The People’s Republic of China Was Born in Chains
The Communist Party calls 1949 a liberation. But China was far freer beforehand.
Xi Jinping Is the Life and Soul of the Party
The Chinese president’s ambitions can’t be separated from the CCP’s ideology.
China’s Communist Party Is Making Its Own (Virtual) Reality
Propaganda is getting an upgrade with technological tricks.
The Real Origins of the U.S.-China Cold War
The only way to win the next superpower showdown is to understand what exactly caused it.
Corbyn’s Pet Stalinist
Seumas Milne loves the Soviet Union, hates the EU, and has the ear of a possible future prime minister.
Winter Settles on Chinese Universities
What does Xu Zhangrun’s punishment mean for hopes of academic freedom?
The Chinese Communist Party Always Needs An Enemy
Xinjiang's detainees are the latest victims of a deep insecurity.
Poetry for the Masses
1,200 newly translated poems from Bertolt Brecht offer an unexpected survival guide for difficult times.
China’s Pop Idols Are Too Soft for the Party
Stars like Kris Wu are huge with fans but sit uncomfortably with macho ambitions.
Nowhere to Run in Xi’s China
The Chinese leader’s cult reaches into the most remote regions of the country.
China’s Great Leap Backward
For decades, the country managed to avoid most problems suffered by dictatorships. Now Xi Jinping’s personal power play risks undermining everything that made China exceptional.