East Asia

Argument

I Spy a Frigate … or Two

Pyongyang's military is in decline? Think again. New satellite images show that nukes aren't the only thing on North Korea's mind these days.

Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. |

Tea Leaf Nation

A Peculiar Phrase Finds a Home in China

Frustration at 'Catch-22's' are a common part of life here.

Helen Gao |

Tea Leaf Nation

Mapping the Four C's of Chinese Wealth

Live in a city near China's coast, and in a capital. (Coal doesn't hurt.)

Warner Brown |

ChinaFile

Just How Worrying Is China's Standoff With Vietnam?

A conversation about China's brewing dispute with Vietnam in the contested South China Sea.

Daniel Kliman |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Formula for Chinese Web Riches: Ugly but Fast

A 'web designer's nightmare' can mint money if it successfully targets China's middle class.

Alexa Olesen |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Russia celebrates Victory Day; South Africa gears up for national elections; and Narendra Modi works the campaign trail.

FP Staff |

Tea Leaf Nation

What Will China's National Security Commission Actually Do?

The four functions of China's top national security body.

Yiqin Fu |

Tea Leaf Nation

Why There Are No Credit Scores in China

The government has a plan, but the shadow of Mao-era abuses still looms.

Rachel Lu |

Argument

COIN of the Realm

Could the counterinsurgency strategy that failed for the U.S. in Afghanistan work for China in Xinjiang?

Whitney Kassel |

Argument

Blame Norway

Why is Oslo kowtowing to Beijing and stiff-arming the Dalai Lama?

Isaac Stone Fish |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Chinese Are Coming, and It's Going to Be Fine

Chinese companies will create jobs stateside and are required to play by U.S. rules.

Joel Backaler |

Tea Leaf Nation

Chinese to Rest of World: Ignore Our GDP

Who cares who's No. 1, they say. Quality of life is what matters.

Alexa Olesen |

ChinaFile

China's Surreal Urban Farms

The massive city of Chongqing is changing so fast that past and future are colliding.

Tim Franco |

COLUMN

The Bad Old Days Are Back

From China to Ukraine, the cynical calculus of power politics is alive and well -- too bad Washington doesn't realize it.

Stephen M. Walt |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

The Vatican prepares for the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II; Pro-Russian activists clash with police in Donetsk; and sumo wrestlers make babies cry in Japan.

Slide Show |

ChinaFile

Will China’s Economy Be No. 1 by Dec. 31?

A conversation on China's economy, and on how much size matters.

Zha Daojiong |

Tea Leaf Nation

Mixed Signals from China's 'Front Line'

After a bomb and knife attack in the region of Xinjiang, Chinese authorities find themselves in a dilemma.

David Wertime |

Argument

Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out, Mr. President

Why Obama's Asia trip only made China angrier and inflamed regional tensions.

Shen Dingli |

Tea Leaf Nation

Is Taiwan Sinking Back Into Obscurity?

For a brief spell, a student movement plucked the island from media purgatory. But the spotlight is dimming.

Chris Fuchs |

Tea Leaf Nation

Five Harsh Lessons for Chinese Private Business

Censors just axed several innocent U.S. shows. What gives?

Rachel Lu |

Argument

Imperialism 2.0

The long, strange dance between the U.S. and China in the Philippines.

Gina Apostol |

Argument

North Korea's Next Test

Satellite images show that Pyongyang is up to no good at its Punggye-ri nuclear site. The question isn't if a nuclear test will happen -- but when.

Jack Liu |

Report

Burning Ice and the Future of Energy

The race to discover the game-changing clean fuel of tomorrow is heating up. Too bad it's deep beneath Asia's contested waters.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

The False Cry of the Pivot Deniers

The rebalancing to Asia is real and the president isn’t there right now to salvage a phantom policy.

ELY RATNER |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's New Class Hierarchy: A Guide

Communist? Hardly. Here's how to know if you're a titan or a nobody in the People's Republic.

Rachel Lu |

Argument

When One Door Closes...

Could a surprising gift of disputed Russian islands to Japan end up pulling Tokyo away from Washington?

Sergey Radchenko |

Tea Leaf Nation

Zhou Decline Watch: Expanding the Purge?

Tracking the downfall of one of the most feared men in China.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

I Come Bearing … Reassurance

Leave the gifts at home, Mr. President. Here are the five things America’s allies in Asia really need.

Marco Rubio |