East Asia

Tea Leaf Nation

The 'Anti-Corruption' Campaign That Wasn't

Former security czar Zhou Yongkang was deposed because he lost a power struggle, not because he was corrupt.

Zhang Jialong |

Tea Leaf Nation

What's Wrong With this Chinese Town?

Officials in Sihong County appear out of control, and Chinese media is starting to smell blood.

Alexa Olesen |

Tea Leaf Nation

Paper Tiger

How China's once-feared top security chief Zhou Yongkang became just a sad old man.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Tea Leaf Nation

Say It Ain't So, Zhou

China reacts to the downfall of its once-powerful security czar.

David Wertime |

THE MAGAZINE

The Social Laboratory

Singapore is testing whether mass surveillance and big data can not only protect national security, but actually engineer a more harmonious society.

Shane Harris |

COLUMN

Keep Your Eye on Beijing

While the world focuses on the Middle East and Ukraine, China's neighbors worry about the fallout of brewing tensions along its borders. And so should we.

Bruce Stokes |

Tea Leaf Nation

Look Who's Not Talking

Behind the scenes, the Chinese and Japanese governments are barely communicating. That should worry us all.

Ziad Haider |

Dispatch

Average Joko

Can Indonesia's newly elected, rags-to-riches president be a real reformer?

Kate Lamb |

Tea Leaf Nation

The New Website That Has China Buzzing

"Pengpai" has tens of millions of dollars in funding, and everyone in journalism is talking about it. But no one seems pleased.

Alexa Olesen |

Argument

A North Korean in Iran

Why ongoing and close ties between Pyongyang's and Tehran's nuclear programs are cause for concern.

Olli Heinonen |

Report

Coke Brothers

The new $50 billion BRICS bank will finance a wave of heavily polluting coal plants the West wouldn't touch. And that's not all bad.

Keith Johnson |

ChinaFile

Can Chinese Journalists Still Push Boundaries?

What new regulations might mean for China's beleaguered reporters. 

David Schlesinger |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's 'Stinky Meat-Gate'

A recent muckraking report is a black eye for McDonald's and KFC, but also for the country's regulators.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

All Hail 'Fatty Kim the Third'

Chinese netizens love mocking North Korea's portly dictator. But it masks a deeper disdain.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

Everybody Hates Rui

Chinese netizens rejoice after once-swaggering state news anchor Rui Chenggang gets detained in a corruption probe.

Melissa Yin |

Argument

The Shoot-Down Heard 'Round the World

The 1983 downing of KAL-007 accelerated the demise of the Soviet Union. Could MH17 be a tipping point for Putin's Russia?

Sergey Radchenko |

Tea Leaf Nation

Another Chinese Website Bites the Dust

Crowdsourced translation site Cenci gets "erased from the planet."

Alexa Olesen |

Tea Leaf Nation

Lord of the Flies

Just how many low-level officials is Xi Jinping going to expel from the Chinese Communist Party? 

Alexa Olesen |

Argument

Abe Is Not Trying to Build a New Empire

Besides, do you really fear a strong, democratic Japan more than a strong, authoritarian China?

Michael Auslin |

ChinaFile

The Debate Over Confucius Institutes in the United States

A ChinaFile conversation on the promises and perils of partnering with Beijing on education. 

Stephen I. Levine |

Tea Leaf Nation

I Thought Xi Liked Sports

China's soccer-mad president is heading to Brazil. Why is he skipping the World Cup final?

Alexa Olesen |

ChinaFile

'A Lot of Active Cooperation Going On'

Should you have been paying attention to the recently concluded Strategic and Economic Dialogue?

William Adams |

Tea Leaf Nation

Clash of the State-Owned Titans

Why did China's largest broadcaster attack China's most important bank?

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Report

How Not to Win Friends and Influence People

China's heavy-handed behavior is driving neighbors, especially Australia, farther away from its orbit.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

Godzilla Ain't Got Nothin' on China

21st-century East Asia is a dangerous neighborhood. Japan can no longer afford to be unprepared.

Kuni Miyake |

Argument

There's No Partnership in Pivot

If the United States is going to shift focus to Asia it’s going to have to do it without Europe.

Stephen M. Walt |

COLUMN

The Untold Story of China's Forgotten Underground Nuclear Reactor

How social media and a little sleuthing turned up a Mao-era nuclear program.

Jeffrey Lewis |

EXCERPT

And the City Swallowed Them

A model, a murder, and the seamy underbelly of 2008 Shanghai.

Mara Hvistendahl |

Tea Leaf Nation

'The Anti-Japanese War Had Nothing to Do With Your Most Honorable Party'

Some Chinese may really hate Japan -- but that doesn't mean they love the Party.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |