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China’s Zero-COVID Fiasco

Cameron and Adam unpack what sustained protests could mean for China and the world.

A woman holds a blank sheet of paper as demonstrators protest the deaths caused by an apartment complex fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, at the Langson Library on the campus of the University of California, Irvine.
A woman holds a blank sheet of paper as demonstrators protest the deaths caused by an apartment complex fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, at the Langson Library on the campus of the University of California, Irvine.

What Xi’s Zero-COVID Fiasco Might Mean for China and the World

Protests spotlight the regime's misguided approach to the pandemic and lackluster vaccination campaign.

A woman with her arms raised holds up a blank white sheet of paper while a man nearby holds a megaphone to his mouth.
A woman with her arms raised holds up a blank white sheet of paper while a man nearby holds a megaphone to his mouth.

Xi’s Obsession With Control Produced China’s Protests

This challenge to the Chinese Communist Party and the state has been building for some time.

A disinfectant worker waits outside of a high-speed train.
A disinfectant worker waits outside of a high-speed train.

China’s Zero-COVID Policies Are Stirring Xenophobia

Anti-foreign language has become part of disease control.

People line up for a nucleic acid test in Beijing.
People line up for a nucleic acid test in Beijing.

Young Chinese Are Despairing of a Zero-COVID Future

Draconian policies leave little economic or political hope.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly pose for a photograph during the G-7 summit in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 12, 2021.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly pose for a photograph during the G-7 summit in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 12, 2021.
A security guard stands outside the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market.
A security guard stands outside the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market.

Conspiracy Theories About COVID-19 Help Nobody

The continued pushing of a “lab-leak” theory is unsupported and dangerous.

People walk beneath cherry blossoms near the National Assembly in Seoul on April 9, after two years of the area being closed to the public for COVID-19 control.
People walk beneath cherry blossoms near the National Assembly in Seoul on April 9, after two years of the area being closed to the public for COVID-19 control.

China’s Neighbors Are Navigating COVID-19, Beijing, and Washington

A long, strange trip through East Asia shows the region’s impressive steering skills.

Volunteers from French nongovernmental organization Tulipe transport boxes of medicines to be sent to Ukraine in Le Thillay, France, on March 10.
Volunteers from French nongovernmental organization Tulipe transport boxes of medicines to be sent to Ukraine in Le Thillay, France, on March 10.

War-Torn Ukraine Is Also an HIV and Tuberculosis Hot Spot

But thanks to community-led health efforts, Ukrainians are winning the fight against these infectious diseases.

Syrians walk past a colorful mural.
Syrians walk past a colorful mural.
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monkeypox vaccination

Kremlin Claims Monkeypox Could Be a Secret U.S. Bioweapon

Washington needs to stop being a pushover in the global info war.

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