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Past articles by David:

Death of trade deal with China could be 'October surprise'

On Tuesday, Danny Diaz, who ran former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s ill-fated 2016 presidential campaign, told POLITICO’s Tim Alberta that if there’s an “October surprise” in this election, “it’s something abroad. It’s a foreign policy-oriented development.” We asked the experts: if it’s China-related, what might it look like? THE CHINA WATCHERS A Phase One trade deal collapse is the most likely… → Read More

You, yes you, are subject to Hong Kong’s new security law

On Wednesday, the sun arose over Victoria Harbour in a Hong Kong that remains beautiful and rich, but at this moment, no longer self-governing. The day before saw the passage of a breathtakingly broad State Security Law (English translation) that views certain speech as secession or subversion, and most importantly creates an alternative police and judicial structure within Hong Kong answerable… → Read More

POLITICO China Watcher

What’s next in U.S.-China relations. → Read More

'American Carnage' Now Playing in China

Today is June 4, the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. On the Chinese mainland, it has become ever riskier and more difficult to memorialize the day, however quietly or subtly, under Xi Jinping’s harsh rule. For the first time in three decades, Hong Kong’s Victoria Park, site of a massive Tiananmen vigil that offered a vivid annual reminder of the city’s autonomy from Beijing,… → Read More

What's next for Hong Kong

Beijing’s move to impose greater control over Hong Kong last week places in jeopardy not just the city’s autonomy, but the West’s hopeful vision that China itself someday could be like the small city on its southern edge: cross-cultural and free. What happens next will be decided in the coming weeks by Hong Kongers, many of whom are protesting in the streets, and Beijing policymakers. While the… → Read More

Angry about Comey’s firing? Good. China shows us the dangers of creeping cynicism.

Trump governs by whim rather than reason. It's an approach that's painfully familiar to the Chinese. → Read More

China Quietly Abandoning Bid for ‘New Model of Great Power Relations’ With U.S.

Beijing long sought a rhetorical reboot in bilateral ties. Now it’s talking differently. → Read More

Chinese Censors Rush to Make ‘Panama Papers’ Disappear

On April 3, the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit International Committee of Investigative Journalists dropped what struck many as a bombshell: news that a leaked trove of 11.5 million previously secret files from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca revealed the offshore accounts of a dizzying array of world leaders, their relatives or contacts, including several connected to sitting and… → Read More

Here’s How Chinese Stocks Short-Circuited

Beijing's rules intended to stem market panic only made things worse. Blame human nature. → Read More

Experts: Keep Calm After China’s Latest Stock Market Plunge

They say the drop has more to do with technical issues and a herd mentality than anything else. → Read More

Maps, Money, and the Military: FP’s Most-Read China Stories of 2015

The ten stories our China-watchers loved to click this year. → Read More

The Chaos Coalition

New York talks aimed at ending the Syrian civil war are exposing the sprawling strategy gulf in the coalition against the Islamic State. → Read More

Modi’s Coal Conundrum

Can India avoid repeating China’s dirty-energy mistakes? → Read More

China’s Would-Be Warren Buffet Is Missing

His social media account was emptied and he was led off for questioning, reports say. → Read More

Chinese Activist Posts Video Accepting Global Thinker Award

In a Facebook video, 2015 FP Global Thinker Li Tingting says the award is a "recognition of the Chinese feminist rights movement." → Read More

Chinese Censors Are Giving North Korea a P.R. Makeover

It used to be all the rage to call ruler Kim Jong-Un nasty names. Now they’re getting deleted. → Read More

Know Them By Their Deeds

Saturday’s bombing of a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, shows the horrific extent to which Turkey’s politics and Syria’s war are merging. The rally… → Read More

‘Why Won’t Anyone Play With Us?’ China’s Internet Erupts with TPP Angst

Word of the trade alliance has citizens asking why Chinese reforms have stalled. → Read More

Watch: President Obama Addresses the United Nations General Assembly

Watch a live-stream of Barack Obama's 2015 UNGA speech here. → Read More

What’s China’s Mood Under Xi? New Data Gives a Glimpse

Anti-corruption measures are popular, but other events are garnering a collective shrug. → Read More