A Winter Olympics in Snowless Beijing Will Be an Environmental Disaster
July 31, 2015

The Chinese capital will have to create all of its snow.

In 12 Years, China Built More Houses Than There Are In All of the U.K.
August 27, 2014

Is the convergence of central planning, capitalism, and construction getting out of hand?

What Beijing Abandoning Coal Means for the Rest of the World
August 05, 2014

Imagine how much that will improve air quality.

Disgusting Toilets and the Future of China
October 08, 2013

What one American writer learned at Beijing Design Week 2013

China's France Fetish
April 05, 2013

China's new rich want wine, cheese, and savoir vivre. Thousands of underemployed Frenchmen are moving east to deliver it.

Goodbye to the Hu Jintao Era
November 15, 2012

The mixed legacy of a decade of leadership.

China Likes America’s ‘Leadership Transition’ Better Than Its Own
November 02, 2012

It's not just Americans who think their “leadership transition” is more interesting than China's.

Bull In a China Shop: A Glimpse of the Empty China Rhetoric We'll Hear From Romney Tonight
October 22, 2012

Romney’s current China rhetoric isn’t directed at Beijing but at Akron.

In China, a Show Trial Without the Show
August 09, 2012

BEIJING—Back when disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai still ruled Chongqing, he took a special interest in the optics of trials. Before his sudden fall from grace this spring, he was, after all, famous for his dramatic flair—and his most artful turn as politician-cum-showman was the aggressively publicized way in which he cracked down on organized crime, and potential threats to his personal authority.

What It’s Really Like To Be an Olympian
August 02, 2012

Four years ago in Beijing, James Williams won a silver medal as a member of the United States’ Men’s Sabre team (sabre has quick slashing; what you probably picture as fencing more closely resembles the ripostes of épée and foil). This year in London, Williams additionally qualified for Men’s Individual, losing in the Round of 32 Saturday morning. Tomorrow, starting so-early-it-won’t-even-be-bright with a draw against top-seeded Russia, the Men’s Team competes.