East Asia

Tea Leaf Nation

Not Safe for (Government) Work

Forget those New Year's resolutions. Sex scandals keep roiling the Chinese Communist Party.

Liz Carter |

Argument

Lord of the Flies

China's president moves closer to bagging his biggest trophy.

Willy Lam |

Tea Leaf Nation

In China, A New Space for New Questions

And some of them were never allowed in history class.

Sue-Lin Wong |

Tea Leaf Nation

You’ve Got Fail

China’s Communist Party got almost 2 million citizen complaints last year -- yet doesn’t seem to mind.

Liz Carter |

Report

Japan's Nuclear Hangover

Tokyo is looking for new energy supplies after Fukushima. And that could mean bad news for Beijing.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

Undercover from Overhead in North Korea

Why satellite images -- not smuggled videos -- reveal the real dangers lurking inside Kim Jong Un’s nuclear hermit kingdom.

Joel S. Wit |

COLUMN

National Stupidity

In international politics, pride goeth before a fall.

Stephen M. Walt |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Big Bang Theory in Little China

There's a demographic reason why fictitious nerds from CalTech have charmed millions of Chinese viewers.

Liz Carter |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Little Engine That Couldn't

Think healthcare.gov is frustrating? Try buying a holiday train ticket from the only website in China allowed to sell rail passes.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Friend of My Friend Is My Rival

Why China says Japan's prime minister is "hugging the Buddha's foot" on his Africa trip.

Liz Carter |

Feature

Lost in America

How America's favorite Chinese dissident burned bridges at NYU and ended up at a pro-life, anti-gay think tank.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Awkward Twitter Adolescence of China’s Largest State News Agency

With these awesome tweets, how can @TigerWoods and @JustinBieber not be following Xinhua?

Liz Carter |

Tea Leaf Nation

Party Foul

Being a Chinese bureaucrat isn't as fun as it used to be.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

Blame It on the Booze

In China, some lawyers and police still think drunkenness -- even condom-wearing -- excuses rape.

Adam Century |

Tea Leaf Nation

Crawl for the Cause

A Chinese professor bet that officials would disclose their assets -- then lost.

Liz Carter |

Tea Leaf Nation

Shaq in China: A Love Story

A translator for the NBA star explains his cross-border appeal.

Adam Century |

Report

A Safer World, Filled With Nukes

Can you stop the bomb's spread by making it easier to cut nuclear deals?

Keith Johnson |

Argument

Ace of Base

Can Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finally close down a problematic U.S. air station in Okinawa?

Trefor Moss |

Tea Leaf Nation

Grand Theft China

A new video game allows netizens to tase corrupt officials.

Liz Carter |

Argument

The One-Year Plan

Six major trends to watch in 2014, as China embarks on monumental economic reform.

Damien Ma |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's Jeff Bezos, He Ain't

Eccentric multi-millionaire Chen Guangbiao's countrymen don't think he can -- or should -- buy the New York Times.

David Wertime |

Report

How a Mega Project Snafu Could Snarl America’s Gas Exports

The expansion of the Panama Canal is on hold -- and so is the U.S. dream of sending energy to Asia.

Keith Johnson |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Raid on China's No. 1 Meth Village

3,000 cops just descended on China's biggest little 'ice' factory.

Liz Carter |

COLUMN

9 Economic Trends to Watch in 2014

From the rise of rich, stupid people to the death of peak oil, here's what's trending in the global economy.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

The Year of the Horse

Why China's radical economic reforms in 2014 could bring new prosperity to hundreds of millions -- if Xi Jinping can ride out the bumps ahead.

Michael Pettis |

Tea Leaf Nation

A Drag on the State

A new order says Chinese cadres should stop smoking in public -- but they knew that already.

Liz Carter |

Tea Leaf Nation

Coming to Chinese Headlines in 2014

From the rise of WeChat to the rural e-commerce boom, six major stories that flew under the radar in 2013, but won't next year.

Rachel Lu |

Slide Show

2013: A Year in Protests

From the Vatican to Brazil, from Paris to Bahrain, a global tour of the year the street roared.

Slide Show |

Tea Leaf Nation

Naked Lunch

Why China's buzzing about President Xi Jinping's simple meal of steamed buns and pig innards.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

2013, According to the Chinese Communist Party

State media on U.S. "dysfunction," Japan's "dangerous direction," and the "gradual rise" of Africa's middle class. 

David Wertime |