East Asia

Tea Leaf Nation

Justin Bieber Just Accidentally Offended 1.3 Billion People

Chinese pile on after the pop star unwittingly visits a controversial shrine. 

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Argument

Pay No Attention to that Panda Behind the Curtain

It doesn't matter what Obama says -- his Asia trip is all about China.

Stephen Walt |

Tea Leaf Nation

The World's Largest Union: A 'Capitalist Running Dog'

Some Chinese say their massive trade union isn't standing up for worker rights.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Tea Leaf Nation

Just How Corrupt Are These People?

Deciphering the Chinese Communist Party's code for official misconduct.

Amy Qin |

Tea Leaf Nation

Is Hong Kong Running out of Room?

40 million mainlanders flooded in last year, a number that's fast rising. But everyone is talking about pee.

Rachel Lu |

Argument

Don't Be a Menace to South (China Sea)

...and other strategies for managing the world's most important bilateral relationship.

Jim Steinberg |

Tea Leaf Nation

Welcome to the Uighur Web

Amid police crackdowns and stifling censorship, one Chinese ethnic minority struggles to be heard online.

Alexa Olesen |

Argument

Ozymandias in Beijing

Contrary to what you might think, the Chinese Communist Party is going to crumble one day.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Limits of Mandopop

With mainland money flooding into Taiwanese celebrity coffers, activism takes a back seat.

Chris Fuchs |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Revelers prepare for Holy Week; Myanmar celebrates its New Year water festival; and the search for survivors of the South Korea ferry sinking continues.

Slide Show |

Tea Leaf Nation

Water, Water, Everywhere

A local Chinese contamination scare triggers an international blame game.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Tea Leaf Nation

Mrs. McCarthy (Quietly) Goes to Taipei

The White House just sent a cabinet-level official to Taiwan and no one cared.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Tea Leaf Nation

Should Chinese Police Carry Guns?

A number of Chinese citizens -- and officers -- still don't think so.

Lotus Yuen |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's Failed Porn-Killing Hashtag

What looks like an official effort to keep the web clean isn't working.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's New Internet Crackdown: Not About Porn

Authorities say they are trying to "clean up" the country's raucous web. Don't believe them.

Zhang Jialong |

Report

Dirty South, Clean It Up

Developing nations are now the world's biggest polluters. Are they finally ready to help fight climate change?

Keith Johnson |

ChinaFile

The Chinese Military Can 'Fight Any Battle and Win'

A conversation on tensions among China, Japan, and the United States.

Ely Ratner |

Tea Leaf Nation

Captain America, Captain China

Why a patriotic U.S. film is raking in the renminbi.

Warner Brown |

Report

Crude Business

The U.S. plan to curtail Iranian oil exports seems to be coming undone.

Keith Johnson |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Afghanistan goes to the polls; pro-Russian demonstrators clash with police in Ukraine; and Indian elections begin.

FP Staff |

Argument

Kim Jong Un's Thermonuclear Dreams

What does it mean when North Korea announces it has a "new form" of nuclear testing coming soon?

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

Nine-Dash Mine

Why Beijing should let international law reign in the South China Sea.

Ziad Haider |

Tea Leaf Nation

Chinese State Media Slams Microsoft

Xinhua says ending Windows XP "extremely irresponsible."

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Argument

China Might Actually Seize Japan's Southern Islands

It's not as crazy as you think-- and here's how the United States and Japan can prevent it from happening.

James Holmes |

Tea Leaf Nation

Infographic: Jesus More Popular Than Mao on China's Twitter

A surprising disparity between Communist and Christian chatter.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Report

When Is a Rock Not a Rock?

A small court in The Hague wrestles with an existential question that could put a stop to China's maritime power grab.

Keith Johnson |

Tea Leaf Nation

Meet China's Protest Archivist

Powered by the web, a former migrant worker is connecting local unrest to international audiences.

Yaqiu Wang |

Argument

Reconciliation Means Having to Say You're Sorry

And other lessons Germany can teach Japan, China, and South Korea.

Lily Gardner Feldman |

Tea Leaf Nation

Chinese Authorities' Tough Sell: Paraxylene

A new outbreak of NIMBY protests hits China's streets, and its Internet.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |