Tone Deaf

Sixth Tone, a state-owned media outlet, has long been celebrated for carving out a unique space in China to tell stories about ordinary people. But over the past year, Beijing has tightened Sixth Tone's leash, illustrating how fearful censors have grown and marking the end of Xi Jinping's effort to "tell China's story well."

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The Race to Regulate

Beijing is eager for international collaboration on artificial intelligence, arguing that AI is a Pandora’s Box that poses existential threats to humanity if not properly controlled. But as China races ahead with regulating its own...

The AI Lockout

If you still associate Nvidia with video games, it's time to update your priors. Thanks to its powerful chips and ubiquitous software, the U.S. company has produced a walled garden for artificial intelligence, with nearly...

The Semiconductor Madman

When Zhao Weiguo was named CEO of Tsinghua Unigroup, he was just the kind of hard-charging and daring businessman needed to rescue the state-backed company. But with China's big chip ambitions now stalling — and...

The New Superweapon

Earlier this month, when the Biden administration imposed the most sweeping export restrictions yet on semiconductors, it represented the culmination of a U.S. tech policy seven years in the making. Since the final days of...

Seoul's Big Switch

South Korea dominates the world's production of memory chips, but its semiconductor firms have long depended on Chinese manufacturing. With the U.S. now trying to “decouple” the semiconductor industry from China, South Korea faces a...

The New Great Game

In this age of great power struggle, an all-out Cold War, let alone a regional hot war, is not inevitable. And that’s largely because of the unique challenges facing China. Dale Copeland lays out why...