Open Source

With traditional information gathering inside China nearly impossible these days, many researchers are using creative methods to mine the Chinese internet — and they're finding diamonds. From what's happening in Xinjiang to the PLA's use of AI to China's new nuclear capabilities, these researchers are defying the perception that China is a black box.

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America's Open Secret

Universities across the country are demanding a reckoning with the 'China Initiative' — the Department of Justice's three-year-old program to stop China's espionage efforts and intellectual property theft. Critics point to its flawed prosecutions of...

Biden's Beijing Bind

When Joe Biden entered office, many China watchers expected great things: the foreign policy veteran had a deep history with Xi Jinping, and he fielded an all-star team of advisors with a very clear view...

Trust Games

The Chinese corporate bond market was designed for lending convenience, not the legal practicality of retrieving money. But with potential defaults by Suning and other reputable companies looming, that system is now being tested.

Stalled Dreams

When China loaned Ethiopia more than $2.5 billion to build a railway, it was cultivating a unique relationship in Africa that it hoped would unlock enormous economic potential. But now, with the debts unpaid and...

Who's the Boss?

NYU Shanghai represented a huge experiment: Could an American university really maintain control in an authoritarian country? The answer a decade ago was an optimistic 'yes.' But a new lawsuit has exposed some of the...

Flagged For Security

Beijing-based Nuctech has swelled into one of the largest security screening manufacturers in the world, with their scanners servicing airports, embassies and ports in some 160 countries. Their tagline is, “Creating a safer world.” The...

The Solar Struggle

For more than a decade, the U.S. has tried to use tariffs as a way to thwart China's solar panel manufacturing industry while nurturing its own — and many analysts say it's been a disaster....