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March 21, 2014

China
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, pose for a photograph as they visit Forbidden City in Beijing on March 21, 2014. Is Peng Liyuan China’s Evita?

Dean of the People’s Liberation Army Art Academy. Goodwill Ambassador of the World Health Organization. Renowned Soprano Singer. Practitioner of Buddhism. China’s anti-smoking ambassador. Member of t…

October 4, 2017

China
U.S. President Donald Trump interacts with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago state in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017. The Trump Administration Doesn’t Care About Human Rights in China—Here’s Why They Should

Viola Rothschild is a research associate in Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. When United States President Donald J. Trump makes his first visit to China next month, you can bet th…

July 10, 2017

China
Relatives of detained rights lawyers and activists protest in front of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in Beijing, July 7, 2017. Why Beijing Fails to Fight Human Trafficking

Despite a verbal commitment to international standards, the Chinese government lacks the political will to take on trafficking and protect broader human rights.

April 14, 2017

Health
Will the Director General Election Bring About the Change the World Health Organization is Looking for?

The following is a guest post by my colleague Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. For those who have been used to the noise and excitement in U.S. …

February 17, 2017

China
Stacks of newspapers on display at a newsstand in Beijing, January 10, 2013. Media Censorship in China

China’s central government has cracked down on press freedom as the country expands its international influence, but in the internet age, many of its citizens hunger for a free flow of information.

January 13, 2017

China
liaoning-training-drill Chinese Carrier in the Strait, Philippine Birth Control, $100 Billion SoftBank Fund, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Lorand Laskai, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. China’s aircraft carrier sails through Taiwan Strait. Early Wednesday morn…

September 12, 2016

United States
Naming Names--and Naming Streets

The Russian Embassy in Washington is on a street called Sakharov Plaza, so named in 1984 in honor of the great Russian scientist and human rights activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975. Ho…

December 9, 2016

Russia
park-impeachment-protest Park’s Impeachment, Duterte’s Drug War in Photos, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Gabriella Meltzer, David O’Connor, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. South Korea’s National Assembly votes to impeach Park Geun-hye. On Friday…

December 2, 2016

China
bird-flu-south-korea Bird Flu, North Korean Coal Crunch, and More

Rachel Brown, Erik Crouch, Sherry Cho, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Bird flu outbreak puts Asian nations on high alert. A newly identified spate…

November 8, 2016

China
china-stock-official-assets China’s Non-Reserve Official Assets, and How They Might Help Us Understand China’s Forward Book

China’s headline reserves fell by around $45 billion in October, dropping to $3.12 trillion. Many China reserve watchers expected a bigger fall. Moves in the foreign exchange (FX) market knocked arou…