China and the World

China’s reach into the South China Sea and elsewhere

Sri Lanka: Surprising Success for Democracy

Voters end an apparent slide toward dictatorship and confound Beijing’s plans

A Morning Swim to North Korea

On the Yalu River, Dandong, China

One reason I swim is the sense of freedom I feel in the water. This sensation of unboundedness, of…

Bhutan: The Indian Army’s Front Line in its Himalayan Rivalry With China’s People’s Liberation Army

In late October, on the dirt road that winds north from the Bhutanese town…

Beijing’s Next Target in the South China Sea: Indonesia?

Victor Robert Lee reports from Natuna Island, Indonesia

On the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, uncover your ears

In February, America’s commander of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, worryingly

The Tiananmen Square Massacre, according to WikiLeaks

Diplomatic cables chronicle China’s quashing of pro-democracy movement

Japan’s Defense Minister Counters Beijing as Obama Visits Asia

Photo: Yonaguni Island protesters face off against police and secret service personnel in an attempt to block Japanese

Is China’s terrible air forcing the government to open up?

China’s “airpocalypse” may be finally pushing the government to effectively deal with the problem — even if…

China’s Seat at the Table

Why Beijing may hold the cards to resolving the Crimean crisis

Amidst heightened tensions in the European Union over Russia’s…

Every Child Left Behind

Just for a minute, playing devil’s advocate for the one-child policy.

Recently, I moved from Southern China to Eastern Africa. From…

Leftover woman in China

Did you know that in China I’m a leftover woman? That’s because I am 31 and yet not married. This term is used to refer to all women who are over 27 years old and are…


What the Typhoon Revealed

November’s Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda) tragically wiped away thousands of lives…

What Going to School in China Is Really Like

Looking back on a mandatorily communist and tenderly ruthless education 

Cultural Revolution or Cultural Decapitation?

I’ll change her name to Ms. Wang, so she won’t risk retribution from the government. On an overcast November day, Ms. Wang, early forties…

The Last Empire Expands

The world’s last remaining empire is expanding. More than fifty years after the European, Japanese, and American colonial powers largely abandoned their holds on far…

China and the World
China and the World

China’s reach into the South China Sea and elsewhere

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