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Past articles by James:

How American Journalists Watched China’s COVID-19 Crisis Unfold

The pandemic’s outbreak brought rare reporting freedoms. → Read More

Is China Stepping Up Its Support for Russia?

Beijing has reinforced its anti-U.S. messaging this week, but lethal aid for Moscow still seems to be a red line. → Read More

China’s Surveillance Balloon Is Not a Test of Will

The response to the vessel in U.S. airspace shows how the next Cold War could be as overreactive as the first. → Read More

How a Chinese Spy Balloon Blew Up a Key U.S. Diplomatic Trip

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has postponed a visit to Beijing in response to a suspected spy balloon over U.S. territory. → Read More

In Beijing, Blinken Seeks to Stabilize Ties

Avoiding actual war will be on each side’s mind. → Read More

China Celebrates New Year Under the Shadow of COVID-19

Official government data shows cases falling, but the busy travel season could mean another wave. → Read More

Why Did China Banish Wolf Warrior Diplomat Zhao Lijian?

Zhao Lijian’s move from foreign ministry spokesperson to a backroom role reflects a diplomatic shift. → Read More

China’s COVID-19 Wave Reaches the Countryside

Opaque data and limited health care infrastructure raise fears of devastating outcomes in rural areas. → Read More

5 Predictions for China in 2023

From a COVID-19 tragedy to a weakened Xi Jinping, here’s what could happen next year. → Read More

Xi Starts His Third Term With Failure Upon Failure

China’s autocrat has had a surprisingly bad year. → Read More

China Is Unprepared for Zero-COVID's Sudden End

Other countries have successfully transitioned from strict lockdowns. Beijing has wasted the last three years. → Read More

2022: China's Year in Review

A major COVID-19 wave has followed Beijing’s abrupt policy change, closing a year of bad news for the Chinese public. → Read More

U.S.-China Competition: Hawks Beat Wolf Warriors in 2022

In 2022, Washington had the advantage in an increasingly bitter relationship. → Read More

China’s Great COVID-19 Wave Has Begun

With zero-COVID effectively over, official numbers can’t keep up with the speed of the omicron variant. → Read More

China Lets Up on Zero-COVID, Shifts to Mitigation

New measures signal a shift away from containing the disease—and into the next phase of the pandemic. → Read More

What Jiang Zemin's Death Means for the CCP

The former leader’s mourning period creates an opportunity for public gathering—and political plotting. → Read More

China: New COVID-19 Outbreaks Test Appetite for Reopening

Rising cases have reversed recent changes to the zero-COVID policy, putting cities back under semi-lockdown. → Read More

What the Hell Just Happened to Hu Jintao?

Xi Jinping’s predecessor was forcibly led away from the Party Congress. → Read More

What to Expect at China’s 20th Party Congress

The first thing to understand about the event is that the internal power struggles have already happened. → Read More

8 Books to Read Ahead of China’s 20th Party Congress

These picks each offer piercing insight into how Chinese politics really works. → Read More