East Asia

Tea Leaf Nation

Hong Kong's Inconvenient Truth

Some desire political independence, but the city looks to the mainland for most of its resources.

Violet Law |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's Growing Gray Market for All That's Foreign

Forget about those pesky regulations; business is booming for practitioners of "haitao."

Ana Swanson |

Tea Leaf Nation

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

Emerging solidarity between Hong Kong and Taiwan activists promises more headaches for Beijing.

Grace Tsoi |

Argument

My Life Under House Arrest

One of China's best-known dissidents writes about life as a prisoner of conscience in Beijing.

Hu Jia |

COLUMN

Frequent Flyer Diplomacy and the Plane to Pyongyang

Secretary of State John Kerry needs to pay Kim Jong Un a visit. Because North Korea is muscling up and the Obama administration's "strategic patience" isn't working.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Tea Leaf Nation

Meet China's Most Famous Single Dad

With divorce rates spiraling, the biography of ancient sage Confucius resonates once again.

Alexa Olesen |

Tea Leaf Nation

I Can't Stop Looking at These Chinese Real Estate Ads with Malls on Aircraft Carriers

Why apartment, shopping, and office complexes keep showing up on the backs of giant, golden flattops.

Warner Brown |

COLUMN

5 Things to Know About the Global Economy Right Now

Why Japan is a wildcard, the Eurozone's in trouble, and the BRICS are a bust.

Daniel Altman |

Tea Leaf Nation

A Whistleblower Goes Public Against China's FDA

On Weibo, a provincial anti-graft official has dared to call out the current and former heads of a powerful regulatory body.

Shujie Leng |

Tea Leaf Nation

Some Chinese Netizens Actually Think Ebola Creates Zombies

There's also a rumor that raw onions and coffee will cure it.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Tea Leaf Nation

A Controversial New TV Series Awakens China's Historical Ghosts

A miniseries on reformist Deng Xiaoping is exposing deeper divisions in Chinese society and its ruling party.

Rachel Lu |

ChinaFile

'Whoever Talks About China Talks About Himself'

Remembering Sinologist Pierre Ryckmans. 

Ian Buruma |

Tea Leaf Nation

China Sees Islamic State Inching Closer to Home

Chinese media lights up after a Hong Kong weekly says IS aims to expand into Xinjiang.

Alexa Olesen |

Tea Leaf Nation

Months Later, a Cyberattack Still Lingers

Taiwan's Apple Daily, well known for criticizing the Chinese mainland, is still inaccessible to some overseas readers.

Chris Fuchs |

Tea Leaf Nation

It's Time to Tear Up China's 'Get Out of Jail Free' Cards

Anti-corruption efforts claimed Zhou Yongkang's career, but there is one last taboo we must break.

Luo Changping |

Tea Leaf Nation

In One Xinjiang City, Beards and Muslim Headscarves Banned From Buses

Karamay's clumsy policy is likely to fray nerves further in an already tense region.

Alexa Olesen |

Argument

The Power of Naming and Shaming

Why renaming a Washington street after a leading Chinese dissident is an excellent idea.

Pedro Pizano |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's Bizarre Fixation on a 23-Year-Old Woman

Guo Meimei is being used to represent all that's wrong with Chinese charities -- and maybe China itself.

Lotus Yuen |

Argument

It's Not About the Oil -- It's About the Tiny Rocks

What everyone gets wrong about Beijing's bullying in the South China Sea.

Holly Morrow |

ChinaFile

For Chinese Power Game, a Changing Equation

How the fall of Zhou Yongkang may upend the "unwritten rules" of elite leadership.

Sebastian Veg |

Tea Leaf Nation

Exclusive: Hackers Infiltrate Chinese TV Station

Messages denouncing the "Communist Party bandits" parade across Chinese televisions in Wenzhou.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Tea Leaf Nation

China Is Ending Its 'Apartheid.' Here's Why No One Is Happy About It

Ending the divide between urban and rural residents will seemingly please neither.

Rachel Lu |

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 |