Now a center of global commerce, the city was once so dangerous that its name was slang for "to kidnap."
James Fallows explains why the country's path to success can never be replicated.
The Chinese national identity has long been tied up with its language, for natives and foreigners alike.
The country may one day have its own Silicon Valley, says James Fallows, but first it has to meet these requirements.
Though the country has become the world's second largest economy, its leadership is struggling with the spotlight, and with the global expectations that accompanied their rise.
As the country's economy decelerates, its leaders are once more trying to navigate competing interests, conflicting goals, and a political system that might have to start changing.
James Fallows explains why the country is unlikely to create the next Boeing or Airbus anytime soon.
The longtime Atlantic correspondent came online to talk with readers about China, aviation, and other topics.
Controlling information and news is becoming more difficult in this changing nation.
The Chen Guangcheng case could have been a disaster, but both countries proved how dedicated they are to working together, says Elizabeth C. Economy.
From a specific aspect of China's ambitions, an attempt to draw general lessons
The nation may have larger-than-life ambitions, but it hasn't figured out how to win over the world.
A photographer travels to Chongqing, until recently led by the now-ousted Bo Xilai.
How we looked, before and after a memorable flight
A harrowing air trip provides a memorable introduction to life in China.
Bo Xilai and Chen Guangcheng are reminders that corruption, human rights, and rule of law could check the rising power's might.
The U.S., China, and Russia are taking a different approach to this region, long a chessboard for great powers.
China's ultra-popular, Twitter-like service moves too fast for censors or propagandists to keep up, but it's changing more than just the spread of information.
Two recent cases show that China can be far tougher on misbehaving officials and bankers than is the U.S. So how is it that the American system, for all its faults, is still so much better at promoting rule of law?
Low-wage assembly work is so 2005. Chinese firms are now aiming at the global market for heavy machinery -- one of the last refuges of American industrial dominance.
As Chinese students flood private American high schools, aided by high-priced "consultants," they are changing concepts of success and security back home, and leading ambitious schools to seek out more of the eager (and often full-paying) mainlanders.