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How Tiananmen Sparked Desire For 'Spiritual Revolution' in China

Christian churchgoers attend a service in China. (Allen Li/Flickr)
Current Affairs

Ian Johnson and Ian Buruma discuss two pivotal events that caused many Chinese to look away from the state and toward religion.

How U.S.-China Relations Are a Cycle of 'Rapturous Enchantment' and Deep Disappointment

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive to a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at The White House on September 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Journalist John Pomfret discusses his new book on the U.S.-China relationship and why he remains optimistic about the countries' shared future.

Trump Advisor Advocates 'Bringing Change to China'

Michael Pillsbury speaks at Asia Society New York on April 7, 2015.
Current Affairs

Michael Pillsbury has suggested a "grand coalition" in the U.S. to democratize China and attain other American objectives.

Former U.S. Ambassador to China: 'Nobody Knows What China Policy Would Look Like Under Trump'

Former U.S. Ambassador to China Winston Lord speaks at Asia Society in New York on September 15, 2016. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

Winston Lord took a bleak view of current U.S.-China relations — and fears the current election is only making things worse.

Li Maizi of China's 'Feminist Five' Speaks Out About Detention

Chinese feminist activist Li Maizi. (Li Maizi)
Current Affairs

In 2015, five Chinese feminists were arrested and detained for 37 days for planning an anti-sexual harassment campaign. In this video, one of those five shares her story.

George Soros: 'Eerie Resemblance' Between China Now and Pre-Financial Crisis U.S.

George Soros speaks at Asia Society in New York on April 20, 2016. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

Financial Times journalists and the billionaire investor note warning signs of an impending Chinese hard landing. 

New Yorker Writers Reflect on 'Extreme' Reporting About China

Peter Hessler and Jiayang Fan discuss reporting on China at Asia Society in New York on December 17. (Elena Olivia/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

Peter Hessler, Evan Osnos, Jiayang Fan, and Zha Jianying discuss challenges foreign reporters still face in giving balanced coverage of China. 

The China Model: Meritocracy or 'Red Empire'?

Members of China's incoming Politburo Standing Committee, led by Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping, greet the media at the Great Hall of the People on November 15, 2012 in Beijing. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Political theorist Daniel Bell envisions an ideal meritocratic "China model" that doesn't elect top leaders democratically. Can it happen?

Interview: How 'Frustrated Ideologue' Mao Zedong’s Failing Bureaucracy Derailed China

Children in Taiyuan, China in 2011 celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of China's Communist Party. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Stanford sociologist Andrew G. Walder discusses his new book about how some of the worst man-made catastrophes in China's history were able to unfold.

Video: Author Documents How Rural China Evolves, and Villagers Struggle to Adjust

One of the villagers in Wasteland, China who has adjusted to the town's modernization with mixed feelings. (Michael Meyer)
Current Affairs

Author Michael Meyer describes how the encroachment of big agribusiness in Chinese farming villages is being welcomed by some and shunned by others.