East Asia

Investigation

Unarmed Guards, Bogus Terror Drills, and 96 Tons of Plutonium

Three years after Fukushima, Japanese officials insist their nuclear facilities are safe. They're not.

Douglas Birch |

Tea Leaf Nation

In Malaysia Airlines Disappearance, Terrorism Fears Fly in China

The country's netizens speculate about the missing plane, while its state media stays muzzled.

Rachel Lu |

Argument

The New Tyranny

How development experts have empowered dictators and helped to trap millions and millions of people in poverty.

William Easterly |

Tea Leaf Nation

'I Feel as if I Were Holden Caulfield'

Chinese from each recent epoch have found a reason to care about U.S. literature.

Helen Gao |

Report

The Black Box of China’s Military

Beijing is spending hundreds of billions of dollars on defense, but no one quite knows what they're up to.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Tea Leaf Nation

Zhou Decline Watch: Comparison with Bo Xilai

Tracking the downfall of one of the most feared men in China. 

Isaac Stone Fish |

Tea Leaf Nation

Nickled, Dimed, and Renminbi'ed

Does Chinese President Xi Jinping really make one-twentieth of Obama’s salary?

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

Zhou Decline Watch: Video of His Family Compound Released

Tracking the downfall of one of the most feared men in China.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Tea Leaf Nation

A Map of China, By Stereotype

Auto-complete results by the country's largest search engine shed light on how Chinese view one another.

Warner Brown |

Tea Leaf Nation

The 'T-word'

Chinese are angry at Western media's portrayal of a dastardly attack there.

Yiqin Fu |

Dispatch

Blood and Fear in Xinjiang

The relationship between China's majority Han and its Uighurs has been fraught for years.

James Palmer |

Tea Leaf Nation

‘Enemies of Humanity’

A coordinated attack at a Chinese train station has left at least 33 people dead -- now the country debates who's to blame.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

Unsheathed

A brutal knife attack on a Hong Kong journalist marks yet another setback for press freedom there

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

Hard Target

A Chinese firm will need more than money and good intentions to buy a U.S. media company. 

David Wertime |

Argument

The Man Who Wasn't There

Chinese are whispering about the possible downfall of Beijing's J. Edgar Hoover. Why won't they talk about it out loud?

Isaac Stone Fish |

Tea Leaf Nation

China, LinkedIn Would Like to Add You to Its Network

Why it will be hard for the U.S. site to get comfortable there.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

A Chinese 'No Thanks' for WhatsApp

313 million netizens don't need the just-acquired chat tool -- they think they have a better one of their own.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

Chinese Expert: Obama-Dalai Lama Meeting Shows U.S. 'Jealous'

Mainland media says it's about pique, not human rights.

David Wertime |

Report

The Comfort Women Lobby

How tensions between South Korea and Japan are playing out in small towns across America.   

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Tea Leaf Nation

Freedom, Fried

Why Taiwanese are getting fed up with the island's salacious, in-your-face media

Chris Fuchs |

COLUMN

Problems Persist at Fukushima

250,000 tons of radioactive soil is sitting in plastic bags around the nuclear plant -- and Japan doesn't know what to do with it.

Laurie Garrett |

Tea Leaf Nation

Everything I Wish I'd Told John Kerry

A well-known blogger calls on the U.S. to deny visas to those responsible for China's Great Firewall.

Zhang Jialong |

Argument

Red Handed

China is also complicit in North Korea's crimes against humanity. 

Kenneth Roth |

Christian Caryl

The Young and the Restless

Yes, young people are often a force for political change. But what kind, exactly?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Cheap and Dirty Bombs

Could these creepy chest packs be North Korea's way of threatening radiological war?

William C. Potter |

COLUMN

Off the Clock

Is a Spanish attempt to hold China accountable for abuses in Tibet the end of the global policeman?

David Bosco |

Terms of Engagement

Obama's Pacific Wager

The White House is gambling America's global standing on a trade deal with Asia. Don't bet on Congress to get it done.

James Traub |

The List

Do Not Despair, Ye Flaccid, Loveless Hordes

Fleshy oysters and severed phalluses: The best sexual stimulants from around the world.

Catherine A. Traywick |

Tea Leaf Nation

Tears for Fears

Chinese educators are rethinking the learn-and-churn model.

Yiqin Fu |