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News and analysis about China, a country with the world's second-largest economy, a terrible record on human rights, and global ambitions.

Climate change has come for the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter

Chips are the new oil. There are no reserves.

Biden’s promise to defend Taiwan says a lot about America’s view of China

The drama over Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan travel plans, briefly explained

Shinzo Abe wanted to make Japan a “normal country” — as he saw it

How China’s relationship to Hollywood has shaped the movies

Xi Jinping asserts his power on Hong Kong’s handover anniversary

If aliens are calling, let it go to voicemail

Why Biden’s off-the-cuff comment about defending Taiwan matters

What Biden’s approach to Asia misses

The developing Covid crisis in Beijing, explained

Was Russia’s decision to cut off natural gas exports a mistake?

The economic crisis in Sri Lanka, explained

How China’s zero-Covid policy is failing Shanghai

What the media needs to get right in the next pandemic

What Chinese media is saying about Russia’s Ukraine war

How Hong Kong’s pandemic success story turned into a nightmare

The war in Ukraine could portend the end of the “long peace”

How to clear the air in the most polluted cities on Earth

The Olympic ideal is about world peace. The Olympic reality is far from it.

Why the Olympics opening ceremony felt kinda weird

What the Doomsday Clock is really counting down to

The great population growth slowdown

22 things we think will happen in 2022

22 predictions we made in 2021, and the 13 we got right

What happens when omicron hits China

What the US’s diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics does — and doesn’t — mean

What Peng Shuai’s rape accusation says about China

What one American’s case says about the future of the courts in Hong Kong

Maybe losing the AI race to China isn’t such a bad idea

When removing a statue actually is antidemocratic

The many signals China is sending with its Taiwan flyovers

“Neoliberalism has really ruptured”: Adam Tooze on the legacy of 2020

How your favorite jeans might be fueling a human rights crisis

Cotton’s connection to forced labor by Uyghurs in Xinjiang ought to have you rethinking fast fashion.

Will China’s national security law break Hong Kong as a business hub?

The danger of anti-China rhetoric

China’s national security legislation is destroying Hong Kong’s rule of law

China is buying Muslim leaders’ silence on the Uyghurs

China extends reach in Hong Kong over Tiananmen Square vigil

Why there’s talk about China starting a war with Taiwan