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Notable articles on China by National Correspondent James Fallows

China Makes, The World Takes

A look inside the world’s manufacturing center shows that America should welcome China’s rise—for now.

China’s Silver Lining

Why smoggy skies over Beijing represent the world’s greatest environmental opportunity

China's Way Forward

With the global economy in meltdown, China is in big trouble—in the short term. But the longer-term threat is to America.

Arab Spring, Chinese Winter

Just after Tunisia and Egypt erupted, China quelled its own "Jasmine" protests. Is the Chinese public less satisfied—and more combustible—than it appears?

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The Trouble With a 'China Model'

James Fallows explains why the country's path to success can never be replicated. | Jennie Rothenberg Gritz


Shanghai Noir: China's Long History of Crime Stories, Real and Fictional Paramount

Shanghai Noir: China's Long History of Crime Stories, Real and Fictional

Now a center of global commerce, the city was once so dangerous that its name was slang for "to kidnap."

As China's Role in the World Changes, So Does Mandarin's Role in China Reuters

As China's Role in the World Changes, So Does Mandarin's Role in China

The Chinese national identity has long been tied up with its language, for natives and foreigners alike.

3 Signs China May Be Ready to Innovate

3 Signs China May Be Ready to Innovate

The country may one day have its own Silicon Valley, says James Fallows, but first it has to meet these requirements.

Losing Face: Why China Can't Stop Squandering Its Soft Power Reuters

Losing Face: Why China Can't Stop Squandering Its Soft Power

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.

China's Tight-Rope Walk: Balancing the Contradictions in Chinese Growth Reuters

China's Tight-Rope Walk: Balancing the Contradictions in Chinese Growth

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.

China May Go to the Moon Before Building an Airliner

China May Go to the Moon Before Building an Airliner

James Fallows explains why the country is unlikely to create the next Boeing or Airbus anytime soon.

Live Chat With James Fallows James Fallows

Live Chat With James Fallows

The longtime Atlantic correspondent came online to talk with readers about China, aviation, and other topics.

Life Is Getting Tougher for China's Censors Reuters

Life Is Getting Tougher for China's Censors

Controlling information and news is becoming more difficult in this changing nation.

Mutually Assured Growth: Why China and the U.S. Are Getting Along So Well Reuters

Mutually Assured Growth: Why China and the U.S. Are Getting Along So Well

The Chen Guangcheng case could have been a disaster, but both countries proved how dedicated they are to working together, says Elizabeth C. Economy.

'The Chinese Dream' and the Complexities of China's Ascent Reuters

'The Chinese Dream' and the Complexities of China's Ascent

From a specific aspect of China's ambitions, an attempt to draw general lessons

What Is the Chinese Dream? Reuters

What Is the Chinese Dream?

The nation may have larger-than-life ambitions, but it hasn't figured out how to win over the world.

Life 'Between Utopia and Reality': Photos of a Chinese Mega-City Bo Wang

Life 'Between Utopia and Reality': Photos of a Chinese Mega-City

A photographer travels to Chongqing, until recently led by the now-ousted Bo Xilai.

'The Flight to Zhuhai,' Illustrated Edition

'The Flight to Zhuhai,' Illustrated Edition

How we looked, before and after a memorable flight

Flying Blind Through the Mountains of Hunan pfflynn/Flickr

Flying Blind Through the Mountains of Hunan

A harrowing air trip provides a memorable introduction to life in China.

China's Biggest Challenge Isn't Military or Economic, It's Basic Governance Reuters

China's Biggest Challenge Isn't Military or Economic, It's Basic Governance

Bo Xilai and Chen Guangcheng are reminders that corruption, human rights, and rule of law could check the rising power's might.

The New Great Game: Development, Not Domination, in Central Asia Reuters

The New Great Game: Development, Not Domination, in Central Asia

The U.S., China, and Russia are taking a different approach to this region, long a chessboard for great powers.

Rumor, Lies, and Weibo: How Social Media is Changing the Nature of Truth in China Reuters

Rumor, Lies, and Weibo: How Social Media is Changing the Nature of Truth in China

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.

Death Penalty for a Bad Loan: Crime, Punishment, and Politics in China AP

Death Penalty for a Bad Loan: Crime, Punishment, and Politics in China

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?

China Takes Aim at the Profitable Heart of U.S. Manufacturing Reuters

China Takes Aim at the Profitable Heart of U.S. Manufacturing

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.

How China's New Love Affair with U.S. Private Schools Is Changing Them Both Reuters

How China's New Love Affair with U.S. Private Schools Is Changing Them Both

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.

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