East Asia

ChinaFile

Infographic: Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

The vast network of influence surrounding China's former security czar.

David Barreda |

Tea Leaf Nation

My Missing Mongolia

Some Chinese see uncomfortable parallels between the Crimean referendum and their own history.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Report

Eastward, Ho!

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has big implications for Asia's energy future.

Keith Johnson |

Tea Leaf Nation

Mild, Mild West

Chinese authorities promise to blanket the volatile region of Xinjiang with Communist cadres.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Argument

Out of the Red and into the Black

Is China's debt problem really under control?

Arthur Kroeber |

Tea Leaf Nation

China, Grounded

As missing airliner continues to baffle, China confronts the limits of its power.

David Wertime |

Argument

The Guns of August in the East China Sea

Dark echoes of world war lurk in Asia's dangerous, contested waters.

Robert D. Kaplan |

Feature

Why Is Japan So … Different?

A brief history of leaving China, becoming the other, and turning Japanese.

David Pilling |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's New Media Species, Now Endangered?

'Self-media' pushed the boundaries of censorship -- then came under attack.

Alexa Olesen |

Christian Caryl

Dropping the Political F-Bomb

Nowadays, it seems, everyone's a fascist. Here's a handy guide to identifying the real thing.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Jumbo in the Jungle

Is Southeast Asia a haven for hijackers, pirates, and terrorists?

Murray Hiebert |

Report

Crude Reality

Iran's oil exports keep rising. Is that cause for concern?

Keith Johnson |

Tea Leaf Nation

Sound, Fury, and Hot Air

China’s annual legislative meeting becomes a vapid media circus.

Rachel Lu |

Feature

High-Speed Empire

Chinese rail is sprawling, modern, and elegant. It's also convoluted, corroding, and financially alarming. Wanna take a ride?

Tom Zoellner |

Report

Exclusive: Inside the Fiery Crash of Jolly 12

When an elite Air Force helicopter rescue crew plummeted into a Japanese forest, it didn't just kill an airman and spark an inferno -- it stirred up a diplomatic hornet’s nest for the U.S.

Dan Lamothe |

Argument

In the Battle for Crimea, China Wins

How Beijing stands to gain from Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Geoff Dyer |

Argument

Japan's Nuclear Fever

How powerful political forces have kept the Japanese nuclear industry going strong after the Fukushima disaster

Douglas Birch |

Argument

Hard Landing, USA

China is rebalancing its economy. Why isn't America?

Stephen S. Roach |

Argument

You Can't Go Home Again

Is the Japanese government finally giving up on resettling Fukushima’s radioactive ghost town?

Eliza Strickland |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Chaos in Ukraine

Terrorism theory in Malaysia Airlines crash disintegrates; Rock bottom: the relationship between the CIA and the Senate; Sinclair may now get a plea deal; and a bit more.  

Gordon Lubold |

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 |