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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a meeting in Beijing on Aug. 29.

The Chinese Communist Party Wants It All

China's use of sharp power could shatter East Asia.

A "Goddess of Democracy" statue looks out over a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on June 4, marking the 30th anniversary of China's Tiananmen crackdown.

Chinese Propaganda Paints Hong Kong as a Spoiled Brat

The mainland’s new nationalism comes with a heavy dose of old patriarchy.

A man draped in an Algerian national flag walks along a street as protesters take part in a demonstration against the ruling class in Algeria’s capital, Algiers, on Aug. 23, for the 27th consecutive Friday and marking six months since the movement began.

America’s Silence Helps Autocrats Triumph

Without the support of the U.S. government, pro-democracy forces around the world will wither as authoritarianism gains ground.

Pedestrians walk past a big screen television replaying Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announcing the formal withdrawal of the extradition bill on September 4, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.

The Hong Kong Government Is as Leaderless as the Protesters

A distant Beijing and a shifting protest movement make it hard to sit down at the bargaining table.

Protesters cover their right eyes as they gather in Hong Kong on Aug. 30.

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Arrests in Hong Kong, a proroguing prime minister, and criticism of World Bank funding in Xinjiang.

Counter-protesters wave Chinese flags in the Place Saint Michel, central Paris, as they oppose demonstrators gathering to support  protests in Hong Kong, on August 17, 2019.

Angry Nationalists Don’t Sell China’s Message

Targeting Hong Kongers instead of persuading them is a dangerous course.

Posters taken from the Chengdu subway rally young Chinese to support national pride online.

China Is Sending Keyboard Warriors Over the Firewall

Online forums rally fans to defend national pride abroad.

Students attend a rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong on Aug. 22.

Beijing Is Shooting Its Own Foot in Hong Kong

Political paranoia is making it hard for the Chinese Communist Party to sell its own narrative.

Paramedics remove an injured man suspected of being an undercover police officer and attacked during a protest at Hong Kong International Airport during a demonstration on Aug. 13.

Hong Kongers Can’t Always Tell Cops From Comrades

Police infiltration is an old tactic—and not just by autocrats.

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Will Hong Kong Flare Up or Flame Out?

How the protesters got here—and what will happen next.

ndian paramilitary troopers stand on alert during India's Independence Day in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on Aug. 15.

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Enforced calm in Kashmir, protests continue in Hong Kong, and Trump goes for Greenland.

Pro-democracy activist Avery Ng and supporters march to the Hong Kong Chinese Liaison office on June 5, after a vigil to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing.

How Close Is Hong Kong to a Second Tiananmen?

The Chinese Communist Party prefers violence to perceived weakness.

A map of the world circa 1870 with possessions of the British Empire colored in red.

The World Is Reaping the Chaos the British Empire Sowed

Locals are still paying for the mess the British left behind in Hong Kong and Kashmir.

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