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President Xi Jinping pictured with Joe Biden on Aug. 18, 2011, when they were each vice president of China and the United States, respectively, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Biden Has a Serious Credibility Problem in Asia

U.S. allies have grown comfortable with Trump and his tough approach to China—and are anxious about a Biden victory.

Supporters of the opposition Workers Party' gather and celebrate as results are announced during the general election in Singapore on July 11.

Opposition Victories Force a Crack in Singapore’s Carefully Managed Democracy

The election may push the ruling People’s Action Party to rethink its approach.

Coronavirus Misinformation Arrests in Indonesia

Coronavirus ‘Fake News’ Arrests Are Quieting Critics

In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.

Pastor Samuel Gift Stephen, the founder of the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach, checks in with a security guard at a factory-converted dormitory as he distributes pre-dawn meals for Muslim migrant workers in Singapore on April 24.

Singapore Is Trying to Forget Migrant Workers Are People

The outbreak in crowded dorms has brought out the city-state’s prejudices.

Migrant workers wearing protective face masks walk past a factory-converted dormitory.

Singapore’s Coronavirus Success Story Hits a Snag

Though the curve has flattened, new cases have exploded among migrant workers who live in the country’s far-flung dormitories. Human rights watchers say these developments should be no surprise.

Workers' Party supporters in Singapore

Singapore Isn’t The Next Hong Kong

Claims of political contagion are establishment fantasies.

Lim Zheng Jie Wo, 76, scavenges in a back lane of the financial district in Singapore on January 5, 2009. (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hollywood Has No Time for Crazy Poor Asians

Asian-American politics don't translate on screen into sensitivity to Singapore's real issues.

U.S. President Donald Trump and National Security Advisor John Bolton during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House on May 22, 2018.

Singapore Was John Bolton’s Worst Nightmare

U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security advisor was marginalized at the summit, but his hard-nosed approach will be essential to dismantling North Korea’s nukes.

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Kim Got What He Wanted in Singapore. Trump Didn’t.

The G-7 and Singapore summits have put on display breathtaking strategic incoherence and appalling moral vacuity on the part of the Trump administration.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departs Singapore  on June 12. (Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information via Getty Images)

Trump Pardons Another Celebrity Criminal

At the Singapore summit, the U.S. president let Kim off the hook.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, and National Security Advisor John Bolton, right, at the G-7 summit in Quebec, Canada, on June 9. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

By Bungling G-7, Trump Sabotaged Singapore

The United States needs its allies if it wants to make a deal with North Korea.

Supporters of President Donald Trump shout toward members of the press before the start of a rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Trump-Kim Summit Is WrestleMania for Pundits

Trump is putting on a show in Singapore, and the media is falling for it.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves from the door of Air Force One upon arrival in Singapore on June 10. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is What North Korea Sanctions Relief Should Look Like

If North Korea agrees to denuclearize, here's how Trump should go about rolling back sanctions.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, right, greats North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 10. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How the Trump-Kim Summit Could Play Out

No one knows for sure what will happen in Singapore. These are some of the possibilities.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures while addressing a rally in Bangalore on February 4, 2018.
 (MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Modi Needs to Show India Has Teeth

Asia is ready for India to step up as the United States withdraws.

Young men browse Facebook on a street in Yangon, Myanmar, on Aug. 20, 2015. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

Asia’s Authoritarians Are Big Fans of Regulating Facebook

Not everyone fighting “fake news” is doing it for the right reasons.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting on November 14, 2017, in Riyadh. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look

Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.

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