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June 14, 2022

United States
Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

The U.S. Army turns 247 years old today.  

Two soldiers hold a U.S. flag behind a soldier administering an oath to another solider on a beach.

March 5, 2012

China
China’s March Madness—Not Jeremy Lin but Lei Feng

In late February, New York-based Global Times writer Rong Xiaoqing published a piece on Jeremy Lin and the “Hunger for Heroes in the U.S.” In her piece, Rong argues that the United States—and democra…

A portrait of Chinese national folk-hero, Lei Feng looks out over a busy intersection in a central Beijing shopping district in June of 1998.

March 25, 2022

China
Where Is the Red Line on China's Internet?

From reporting on a bombed city in Ukraine to exposing the plight of a chained woman in a shabby room, some of China's social commentators are showing surprising resilience in covering controversial …

The logo of Chinese social media app Weibo is seen on a mobile phone in this illustration picture

August 18, 2021

United States
Seven More Books Worth Reading About 9/11 and Its Aftermath

With the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaching, we recommend sources for better understanding 9/11 and its aftermath. This week: seven books worth reading.

Books

July 20, 2018

China
Trading Places: How the EU-China Summit Underlined U.S. Isolationism in Trade Under Trump

Coauthored with Ashley Feng, research associate in the international institutions and global governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. As the rest of the world is distracted by Presi…

European Council President Donald Tusk and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrive to attend a EU-China Summit in Brussels, Belgium on June 2, 2017.

October 20, 2017

China
China Is Poised to Take Over This Industry. America Can’t Let It Happen.

Ashley Feng is a research associate for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Sagatom Saha is a Fulbright researcher studying energy reform. The future of transportation will be elect…

A Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle is seen at Stewart Chevrolet in Colma, California.

June 9, 2017

Asia
Chinese Activists, THAAD Halt, SoftBank’s Robots, and More

Rachel Brown, Ashley Feng, Douglas Mo, and Gabriel Walker look at the top stories in Asia this week. 1. China brushes off U.S. pressure over detained activists. On May 31, New York-based NGO China…

Hua-Chunying

September 21, 2018

Diplomacy and International Institutions
MIKTA in the Middle: A Little-Known Multilateral Group Turns Five

In 2013, the nations of Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia formally launched “MIKTA.” The latest in an alphabet soup of informal groupings that have sprung up since the end of the C…

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop talks during a media conference after holding the 8th foreign minister's meeting known as MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia) in Sydney, Australia.

July 2, 2018

China
Belt and Router: China Aims for Tighter Internet Controls with Digital Silk Road

Coauthored with Ashley Feng, research associate in the international institutions and global governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Given the hype surrounding China’s Belt and Roa…

China's Politburo Standing Committee member Wang Huning attends the opening ceremony of the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China on December 3, 2017.

October 1, 2020

Niger
How to Build Better Militaries in Africa: Lessons from Niger

Niger is a key partner of the U.S. in West Africa. The United States provides a range of assistance to Niger, but the country stands out because strategic-level reforms have been taken seriously by both the United States and the partner country. 

Nigerien soldier, wearing fatigues, sunglasses, a brown hat, and with a gun resting on his shoulder, stands guard.