Pole Position

In public, Chinese diplomats and climate negotiators deny that they see any link between climate change and geopolitics. But there is a deeply cynical consensus within China’s academic and policy communities that climate change creates geopolitical opportunities that China can exploit — and must exploit before its rivals do. Greenland was the proof of concept for this strategy. And it caught the U.S. flat-footed.

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The Adaptation Advantage

China is mobilizing to adapt and thrive in a rapidly warming world. Under Xi Jinping, the country has undertaken thousands of projects — across industries and in every part of the country — that are...

Iron Promise

Iron ore is an unassuming rock, but it's processed into steel, the scaffolding of the modern world. China has long been reliant on Australia for this critical natural resource — a reliance that has never been...

Crisis of Confidence

Brands have long relied on social auditing companies to monitor their supply chains in China. But between the industry’s own flaws and a changing political environment in China, many say these reports aren't reliable. With...

The Diplomatic Deadlock

For decades, climate change has been framed as a crisis that the international community needs to solve — and which it could solve if world leaders would only muster the political will to cooperate and...

The Congo Standoff

Chinese mining companies dominate the Congo’s critical mineral production, but an ongoing, nasty dispute at a cobalt mine shows the country is starting to drive a harder bargain. After more than a decade of Chinese...

Robert Zoellick on Accepting China as It Is

The former U.S. Trade Representative, diplomat and World Bank president talks about his 40-year relationship with China, including refreshing the WTO deal; the danger of fortress economies; why engagement hasn't failed; and what he thinks...

The Battery King

By 2020, the Chinese battery maker CATL was supplying almost every electric carmaker, giving the company a dominant position in the transition away from fossil fuels. How did a Chinese company that few people have...

New Kid on the Block

Thanks to He Yifan, China is pioneering its own state-backed version of Web3, internet infrastructure that runs on blockchain. But now that He's network is ready to go international, many are wondering how the West...