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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.

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

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

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

People wait in line to receive the monkeypox vaccine in New York.
People wait in line to receive the monkeypox vaccine in New York.

Break Out the Condoms to Fight Monkeypox

Clear, honest messaging on sex is vital to stopping a potential epidemic.

A person walks past a grid of mostly domestic movie posters in Seoul in 2006.
A person walks past a grid of mostly domestic movie posters in Seoul in 2006.

South Korea’s Film Rules Need a Reboot

The success of productions such as “Squid Game” and “Parasite” prove the industry can hold its own without excessive protectionism.

A pedestrian passes artwork by the artist known as the Rebel Bear
A pedestrian passes artwork by the artist known as the Rebel Bear

Who Managed COVID-19 Best, and Why?

A new book compares different countries’ responses to the pandemic, and the conclusions are intriguing.

A health worker takes a swab sample from a woman by the entrance of a residential area under COVID-19 lockdown in the Xuhui district of Shanghai on June 8.
A health worker takes a swab sample from a woman by the entrance of a residential area under COVID-19 lockdown in the Xuhui district of Shanghai on June 8.

Xi Won’t Yield Over Zero-COVID Pressures

The Chinese Communist Party will crack down rather than risk losing control.

The empty streets near the Pyongyang Railway Station
The empty streets near the Pyongyang Railway Station

Beijing and Washington Need a Joint Plan for North Korea’s COVID-19 Disaster

As Pyongyang claims success, the World Health Organization raises serious doubts.

People in white personal protective equipment are seen in dark lighting.
People in white personal protective equipment are seen in dark lighting.

Beijing’s ‘Slow-Motion Lockdown’

Residents feel the walls are closing in with tighter restrictions in pursuit of zero COVID-19.

Kim Jong Un wears a face mask on television
Kim Jong Un wears a face mask on television

North Korea May Be Trapped Between Famine and Plague

As COVID-19 sweeps through the country, outside help is desperately needed.

Bill Gates
Bill Gates

Bill Gates’s Pandemic Prevention Plan Has a China-Sized Blind Spot

In his new book, the billionaire philanthropist focuses on technical solutions but ignores politics.

A resident receives a coronavirus vaccine in China
A resident receives a coronavirus vaccine in China

Older Chinese Are Demanding Money to Get Vaccinated

A government push has created a strange market in some rural areas.

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