East Asia

Tea Leaf Nation

Hong Kong's Sour Deal

China and Britain made a pact that's still undermining governance in the former colony.

Dalena Wright |

Tea Leaf Nation

'Hong Kong, What Does the Motherland Really Owe You?'

A viral Chinese article argues that Hong Kong should be grateful to the mainland -- or else.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |


The Umbrella Movement Playlist

Stirring, profane, always authentic: Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests have developed a rich musical culture.

Doug Meigs |

Tea Leaf Nation

Hong Kong's Wild Protest Art

It's spontaneous and participatory -- and the state can't control it.

Alexandra A. Seno |

Tea Leaf Nation

China Bans Law-Breaking Actors From Movies and Television

A powerful regulatory agency says it's upholding "socialist culture and core values."

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's Vast, Strange, and Powerful Farming Militia Turns 60

The government entity, colloquially called the 'Bingtuan,' employs almost 12 percent of everyone in Xinjiang.

Alexa Olesen |

The List

Abandon All Hope Ye Who Protest Here

What Hong Kong's Occupy Central can learn from the Tahrir Square uprising.

Mahmoud Salem |


You Should Still Be Scared of Pyongyang

Five reasons a quiet North Korea is still a deadly North Korea.

Joel S. Wit |


Where Hong Kong Hits Home

Singapore watches its twin city from afar, and considers its own future.

Grace Chua |


How the Hong Kong Protesters Can Win

Over a century's worth of data shows that the Umbrella Revolution needs business, satire, and a whole lot of patience.  

Maria J. Stephan |

Tea Leaf Nation

Why China's President Wants to Save Hong Kong, Not Destroy It

To secure his own legacy, Xi Jinping has every reason not to send tanks into the city.

George Chen |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Great Divide

Chinese with different views of Hong Kong's protests can't even agree on the words to use.

Ran Liu |


Hong Kong Pride

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest isn’t only about freedom. It’s also about identity.

Peter Rutland |

Tea Leaf Nation

Are Hong Kong's Protesters Getting Bamboozled?

Experts tell FP that Hong Kong's government is trying to divide protesters and play for time.

David Wertime |


How Will the Standoff in Hong Kong End?

Protesters and authorities both hold their ground, amid hopes of civil awakening -- and fears of another Tiananmen.

Nicholas Bequelin |

Tea Leaf Nation

London's Hong Kong Blunder

How the United Kingdom lost the loyalty of the island city's people.

Marcus W. Brauchli |


A Way Out of Crisis

Robust reform can seem impossible for governments mired in corruption. But the solution is pretty simple: Focus on policies, not politics.

Kristen Sample |

Tea Leaf Nation

No Umbrellas for China's Las Vegas

 A pro-Hong Kong student rally attracts hundreds, but Macau won’t risk angering Beijing.

Alexa Olesen |


'May the Flame You Carry Illuminate Your Way'

A Hong Kong professor's open letter to her boycotting students expresses hope -- and fear -- for their future.

Denise Y. Ho |

Tea Leaf Nation

'Today's Hong Kong, Today's Taiwan'

A Taiwan youth protest leader reacts to events rocking China's island city.

Lin Fei-fan |


'Their Only Option Is Independence'

Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer describes how Hong Kong is an inspiration to her people.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Tea Leaf Nation

They Can Take Our Freedom, But They Will Never Take Our Instagram

In the wake of China’s ban on the photo-sharing service, netizens are rushing to download software that lets them scale the Great Firewall.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Tea Leaf Nation

Are Hong Kong's Protests an Inspiration or a Danger? It Depends What You Read

Residents here are getting wildly divergent accounts of the same historic events.

Rachel Lu |


We Have Much to Celebrate

Beijing's ambassador to the United States on how a strong and rising China is good for the world.

Cui Tiankai |

Tea Leaf Nation

The People Behind Hong Kong's Protests

A Christian minister, a law professor, and a 17-year-old high school student are among the figures behind a movement that has captivated the world.

Grace Tsoi |

Tea Leaf Nation

Benny Tai: Hong Kong Protests 'Beyond What I Imagined'

Foreign Policy interviews a key figure behind Hong Kong's recent civil disobedience.

Grace Tsoi |

Slide Show

Hong Kong's Protest, in Memes

A selection of the most powerful remixed images coming from the island city.

Shujie Leng |