China

Tea Leaf Nation

Thank You, but We Prefer the Salt Monopoly

Chinese netizens fear that the end of government control will only bring more food scandals.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Tea Leaf Nation

A 'System Bitch' Dissents

Internet vitriol greets a Chinese state media employee who questions the party line.

Alexa Olesen |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Invisible Candidate in Taiwan's Elections

The island will soon choose over 11,000 local officials. Here's why mainland China will be watching.

Chris Fuchs |

Tea Leaf Nation

Fresh Scandal at China's Most Notorious Technical School

Lanxiang is known for training beauticians, chefs -- and hackers. Now it's back in the headlines.

Alexa Olesen |

Argument

Turning Up the Heat on a Hot India

The U.S.-China climate deal has all eyes on India. But is New Delhi ready to commit to emissions targets?

Neil Bhatiya |

Argument

A Day Late and a Degree Short

Will the U.S.-China climate deal actually do anything to stop rising global temperatures?

Claire Casey |

Argument

China and the United States Are Preparing for War

Despite the Obama-Xi handshake deal, the probability of confrontation will only heighten as long as the PLA remains a black box.

Michael Pillsbury |

Tea Leaf Nation

Why Is Beijing Downplaying the Supposedly Huge Climate Change Deal?

Obama called the agreement "historic." Chinese state media yawned.

Alexa Olesen |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Mountains Are High and the Emperor Is Far Away

Who do Hong Kong's netizens blame for the city's distress?

Douglas Yeung |

Tea Leaf Nation

'Having a Second Kid Isn't as Simple as Adding Another Pair of Chopsticks'

As Beijing loosens the reins on family planning, why aren't more Chinese choosing to have a second child?

Alexa Olesen |

Tea Leaf Nation

Putin Hits on China's First Lady, Censors Go Wild

Russia’s Don Juan-in-chief  just got a little too friendly with Xi Jinping's wife.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Report

Xi's Just That Into You

Moscow and Beijing shake hands on another mammoth energy deal that could ease Russia's isolation, power China, and bring the two closer together.

Keith Johnson |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's Silk Road Strategy

Xi Jinping's real answer to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Min Ye |

Tea Leaf Nation

'The Sky Is Really Blue, But It Isn't for Us'

Chinese netizens wonder why the air in Beijing is only clean when important foreigners come to town. 

Lotus Ruan |

Feature

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The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |

Argument

Xi's in the Money

Asian countries are wary about Beijing's growing power, and happy that America has made a forceful stand in the region. But China still brings home the bacon.

Richard Wike |

Tea Leaf Nation

Let Them Eat Fish

How Hong Kong's fisheries and other interest groups dominate the city's Beijing-backed political system.

Suzanne Sataline |

Tea Leaf Nation

Don't Show Me the Money

Macau's casinos are taking a hit from China's sweeping anti-corruption crackdown.

Alexa Olesen |

Tea Leaf Nation

‘Indefinite Resurrection’

Who are the Umbrella Movement protesters remaining on the streets of Hong Kong? 

Ellie Ng |

Feature

Is China Swarming With Foreign Spies?

The Communist Party is finally getting serious about ferretting out Western spooks. But a new counterespionage law, passed on Nov. 1, may be just a finger in the dike.

Adam Brookes |

Interview

If You Want Rule of Law, Respect Ours

China's ambassador to the United States on the problems with American elections, Obama's trip to Beijing, and fighting the Islamic State. 

Isaac Stone Fish |

ChinaFile

A New Type of Great Power Dialogue?

What should Barack Obama and Xi Jinping talk about at APEC?

Hugh White |

Tea Leaf Nation

'Be in Love With Them, but Don't Marry Them'

How Jack Ma partnered with local government to make e-commerce giant Alibaba, and Hangzhou, a success.

Shujie Leng |

Tea Leaf Nation

Tim Cook Coming Out Has Turned China Into a Nation of 5th-Graders

Despite the Apple CEO's good intentions, Chinese netizens can't seem to stop mocking iPhones for being gay.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Tea Leaf Nation

Foot Spas, Steamed Buns, and Midday Drinking

Chinese bureaucracy has run amok, and the country's president is trying to rein it in.

Shujie Leng |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Rant About Hong Kong That's Still Viral -- 14 Years Later

When it comes to Hong Kong governance, some issues don't go away.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |