The Communist regime has always been brutal, but it was at least predictable and, in its own way, practical. No longer.
Coming back to Beijing showed me what happens when an unfettered state is allowed free rein, unchecked by law or civil society.
As in Europe, where Vladimir Putin’s assault is uniting the region against him, so too in Asia is an aggressive Beijing entrenching American power.
The country’s recent experience should wake its leaders to the potential pitfalls of “zero COVID.”
Separate events are accelerating a shift that is transforming global politics.
How Beijing manages its relations with Moscow will help define it as a great power.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine makes the frightening possibility of China seizing control of the island more real.
For its entire nuclear history, China has been content with a relatively modest arsenal. That’s now changing.
Since 2008, the Games’ 2022 host has grown more powerful—and more fearful.
Biden’s handling of Putin may tell Xi Jinping how resolutely the U.S. would defend Taiwan.
Why Xi Jinping won’t stop talking about “common prosperity”
The American monopoly on international rule-writing is facing its stiffest challenge since the fall of the Soviet Union.
The disappearance of the Chinese tennis star is an embarrassment to Beijing—and undercuts its campaign to present the Chinese system as a model for the world.
The country is in the grip of the most concerted government campaign to assert greater control over its people in decades.
A crisis at a property company exposes deep, dangerous, and often unrecognized weaknesses in the Chinese economy.
Washington’s push against Beijing’s human-rights abuses could have more of an impact than tariffs or trade wars.
Beijing’s policies now that the Taliban is in charge will provide clues as to how it views global leadership.
Beijing’s confrontation with Australia should have been an unequal contest. That’s not how it worked out in practice.
The country is often portrayed as a master of long-term thinking. It’s not that simple.
Beijing’s push to build an entire industry from scratch helps inform how the White House should proceed.