East Asia

Tea Leaf Nation

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

China's Lunar New Year used to be special -- until people there got richer and more connected.

Yuan Ren |

Tea Leaf Nation

Zero Dark Dirty

Beijing still considers a surprising amount of information secret.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

Why It's Dangerous to Say 'We Are All Chinese'

A starlet discovers the hard way how much Hong Kongers dislike their mainland bretheren.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

Red Carpet Follies

China's biggest TV show is losing its grip on the public imagination. 

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's 'Chicken Fart Decade'

Netizens suffocating in smog have a new way to protest the negative effects of GDP growth.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Argument

The Arms Race Goes Hypersonic

Why China's new ultrafast missile has Moscow and Washington scrambling.

James M. Acton |

Tea Leaf Nation

Whisper Together

Startling new findings suggest China's social media crackdown is working. But where are the users going?

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Did a billionaire Chinese microblogger briefly return to the digital public square, just days after his release from confinement?

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

March of the 'Sea Turtles'

Some of China's best and brightest return home after jaunts overseas -- only to leave again.

Rachel Lu |

Argument

The Great Debtscape

Why China's economy is not going to be swallowed alive by its massive deficit.

Arthur Kroeber |

Tea Leaf Nation

Get Out of Jail Cheap

Tips and tricks for getting out of Chinese prison early -- just in case.

Liz Carter |

Tea Leaf Nation

Song of Herself

Once again, Australian Open champ Li Na didn't thank her homeland -- and China noticed.

Liz Carter |

Argument

Clique-Bait

Why is the Chinese Communist Party so afraid of legal activist Xu Zhiyong? 

Yiyi Lu |

Argument

A Dream Deferred

How a recent exposé vindicates activist Xu Zhiyong's vision for China. 

Phelim Kine |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Freedom to Say Nothing

Hong Kong journalists have found another way to protest against Beijing's encroachment.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

Net, Interrupted

Chinese wonder who rerouted two-thirds of their Internet.

Liz Carter |

Tea Leaf Nation

'I Came to This World Naked'

China's erstwhile No. 2 tries to fend off corruption implications -- and the public isn't buying it.

Gloria Wang |

Tea Leaf Nation

Fool's Gold

Meet the 'Nu Stars,' the youngsters behind Nu Skin's Chinese subculture.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

Carpe Coin

It's not just the billions of dollars or the packed concerts. Crowdfunding could also change Chinese politics.

Julian B. Gewirtz |

In Box

Roiling the Waters

Why the United States needs to stop playing peacemaker and start making China feel uncomfortable.

Elbridge Colby |

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 |