East Asia

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 |


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 |


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 |


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 |


The Social Laboratory

Singapore is testing whether mass surveillance and big data can not only protect national security, but actually engineer a more harmonious society.

Shane Harris |


Keep Your Eye on Beijing

While the world focuses on the Middle East and Ukraine, China's neighbors worry about the fallout of brewing tensions along its borders. And so should we.

Bruce Stokes |

Tea Leaf Nation

Look Who's Not Talking

Behind the scenes, the Chinese and Japanese governments are barely communicating. That should worry us all.

Ziad Haider |


Average Joko

Can Indonesia's newly elected, rags-to-riches president be a real reformer?

Kate Lamb |

Tea Leaf Nation

The New Website That Has China Buzzing

"Pengpai" has tens of millions of dollars in funding, and everyone in journalism is talking about it. But no one seems pleased.

Alexa Olesen |


A North Korean in Iran

Why ongoing and close ties between Pyongyang's and Tehran's nuclear programs are cause for concern.

Olli Heinonen |


Coke Brothers

The new $50 billion BRICS bank will finance a wave of heavily polluting coal plants the West wouldn't touch. And that's not all bad.

Keith Johnson |


Can Chinese Journalists Still Push Boundaries?

What new regulations might mean for China's beleaguered reporters. 

David Schlesinger |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's 'Stinky Meat-Gate'

A recent muckraking report is a black eye for McDonald's and KFC, but also for the country's regulators.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

All Hail 'Fatty Kim the Third'

Chinese netizens love mocking North Korea's portly dictator. But it masks a deeper disdain.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

Everybody Hates Rui

Chinese netizens rejoice after once-swaggering state news anchor Rui Chenggang gets detained in a corruption probe.

Melissa Yin |


The Shoot-Down Heard 'Round the World

The 1983 downing of KAL-007 accelerated the demise of the Soviet Union. Could MH17 be a tipping point for Putin's Russia?

Sergey Radchenko |

Tea Leaf Nation

Another Chinese Website Bites the Dust

Crowdsourced translation site Cenci gets "erased from the planet."

Alexa Olesen |

Tea Leaf Nation

Lord of the Flies

Just how many low-level officials is Xi Jinping going to expel from the Chinese Communist Party? 

Alexa Olesen |


Abe Is Not Trying to Build a New Empire

Besides, do you really fear a strong, democratic Japan more than a strong, authoritarian China?

Michael Auslin |