East Asia

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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

A 'Narrowing Path' for China's Scholars

A respected professor's open resignation has academics asking where Chinese government meddling will end.

Yiqin Fu |

COLUMN

The Year of Living Hegemonically

How can the world be getting so much better when U.S. power is waning?

Daniel W. Drezner |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

Katelyn Fossett |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's Angry Spirits

Online whispers paint an eerie parallel between Japanese war criminals and dead Chinese strongman Mao Zedong.

Liz Carter |

Argument

Spirited Away

Why Shinzo Abe's visit to a Tokyo shrine could make his lousy relations with Beijing much worse.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Slide Show

The Most Memorable Photos of 2013

The events that shaped 2013 -- and the photos we won't forget.

Slide Show |

COLUMN

Curb Your Social Entrepreneurial Enthusiasm

Why the market for the global poor isn’t as big as you might think.

Daniel Altman |

Tea Leaf Nation

Chinese Government Recommends 'Idiot-Proof' Cellphones for Peasants

Beijing's elegant suggestion to spread mobile technology in the countryside. 

Liz Carter |

The List

Next of Kim

Meet the next generation of North Korea's ruling family -- while you still can.

Dennis P. Halpin |

Report

Kerry’s Return to Vietnam Is All About Blocking China

...and dealing with Beijing's thirst for energy.

Keith Johnson |

Interview

A Fictional North Korean Detective Explains Kim Jong Un's Purge

Wherein your inteprid correspondent speaks with the made-up avatar of an ex-CIA official, for insight. 

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

China's Pollution Revolution

Could Beijing's coal addiction be its downfall?

Gal Luft |

Argument

Bad Blood

Is North Korea's double dealing risking its most important relationship?

Shen Dingli |

Tea Leaf Nation

China’s Ethan Couch

Drunk driving, death, wealth, and privilege isn't just an American issue.

Liz Carter |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's Frank Underwood?

Communist discipline chief Wang Qishan may be taking the wrong lessons from the TV series 'House of Cards.'

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

Good Soldiers No More

Will a viral video of brutal hazing undermine domestic trust in China's military?

Liz Carter |

Tea Leaf Nation

Is 'Master Kang' Going Down?

Netizens speculate on the downfall of feared former security czar Zhou Yongkang.

David Wertime |

Feature

Is Beijing about to Boot the New York Times?

The Chinese government's crackdown on Bloomberg and the "paper of record" reaches a head.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Tea Leaf Nation

Hazed and Confused

Meme watch: Citizens gird up as China endures severe smog.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

Silver Linings Failbook

Chinese people do not think a state media article about "five surprising benefits" to deadly pollution is funny.

David Wertime |

In Box

Oppa Gangnam Bubble

How investor irrationality and last year's biggest hit combined to send an obscure semiconductor company's stock price surging.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

The List

Untangling the Chinese Bond Knot

Five ways that Beijing could get rid of its dependence on U.S. debt.

Derek Scissors |

Tea Leaf Nation

Patriot Flacked

Why a nationalist screed warning of Western encroachment has just gone viral in China.

Rachel Lu |

In Other Words

Most Favored Narrations

The 10 best books, according to China's ruling elite.

Isaac Stone Fish |