State Dept. eases restrictions on employees with foreign ties

Critics have called the State Department's restrictions discriminatory, particularly to Asian Americans barred from working in nations such as China and Taiwan.

By Missy Ryan and John HudsonMarch 22, 2023

A Winnie the Pooh horror film was pulled in Hong Kong. No one will explain why.

“Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey" — which features a character often used as a meme to poke fun at Chinese leader Xi Jinping — was set to open Thursday.

By Kelsey AblesMarch 22, 2023

By embracing Putin, Xi defies the U.S. and exploits a global divide

Xi Jinping needs Russia in China's competition with the United States, but also wants to present himself as a champion of the Global South.

By Lily KuoMarch 22, 2023

Xi’s Russia trip marks the arrival of a more ambitious ‘Global China’

China’s growing leverage over Russia and its increased involvement in the Middle East are signs of a more assertive foreign policy coming into focus.

By Ishaan TharoorMarch 22, 2023

Taiwan’s president to stop in U.S., raising prospect of friction with China

Tsai Ing-wen will stop in New York and Los Angeles on her way to and from Central America, and is expected to meet House Speaker Kevin McCarthy during the trip.

By Meaghan Tobin and Ellen NakashimaMarch 21, 2023

China portrays Xi’s Russia trip as bid for leadership of non-Western world

Chinese media was awash with coverage of the visit as evidence of China’s mettle when it comes to standing up to Washington and offering a model to the rest of the world.

By Lily KuoMarch 21, 2023

As G-20 meetings come to India, Modi launches a public relations blitz

The campaign seeks to hammer home a message that the prime minister is winning clout and respect for India internationally.

By Karishma Mehrotra and Gerry ShihMarch 21, 2023

Xi meets Putin in show of anti-West unity, but there’s unease, too

The Russian and Chinese presidents will tout their countries’ great friendship. But in reality, the Kremlin is turning into Beijing’s de facto vassal.

By Ishaan TharoorMarch 21, 2023

Xi and Putin end initial meeting in Moscow, affirm ties amid Ukraine war

Chinese leader Xi Jinping's visit, billed by Beijing as a peace mission, is playing out as a show of solidarity with an increasingly isolated Vladimir Putin.

By Rachel Pannett, Leo Sands, Kelly Kasulis Cho, Robyn Dixon, Lily Kuo, Miriam Berger and Adam TaylorMarch 21, 2023

Indian officials cut internet for 27 million people amid search for fugitive

The ban for all of Punjab state, as officials searched for Sikh separatist Amritpal Singh, is one of the broadest internet shutdowns in recent years in India.

By Gerry Shih, Karishma Mehrotra and Shams IrfanMarch 20, 2023

China’s Xi to meet Putin in Russia next week

It's the strongest show of Beijing’s support for Moscow since the war in Ukraine began.

By Lily KuoMarch 17, 2023

South Korea wanted a 69-hour workweek. Young people weren’t having it.

The proposal saw President Yoon's disapproval ratings rise among South Koreans in their 20s and 30s, who already work some of the longest hours in the world.

By Andrew JeongMarch 17, 2023

As Asian threats rise, Japan and South Korea hold first summit in 12 years

The United States’ closest allies in Asia are trying to overcome their historical differences and unite against growing threats from China and North Korea.

By Michelle Ye Hee LeeMarch 16, 2023

Always dreamed of hiking Nepal’s highest peaks? Now you can’t do it alone.

Nepal’s Tourism Board said the change in policy would protect hikers after years of disappearances and accidents in the country’s difficult terrain.

By Annabelle Timsit and Sangam PrasaiMarch 16, 2023

With Russia visit, Xi pursues effort to upend U.S.-led global order

Buoyed after cementing his power in China and facilitating a deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Xi Jinping is set to visit Russia — and further tweak the U.S.

By Lily Kuo and Meaghan TobinMarch 16, 2023

North Korea fires long-range rocket on eve of Japan-South Korea summit

North Korea launched what appeared to be another intercontinental ballistic missile, hours before the leaders of Japan and South Korea were due to meet.

By Min Joo KimMarch 15, 2023

Jiang Yanyong, doctor who exposed China’s SARS coverup, dies at 91

The Chinese state turned against Dr. Jiang when he called for accountability over the 1989 crackdowns in Tiananmen Square.

By Brian MurphyMarch 15, 2023

Pakistani police battle protesters in attempt to arrest opposition leader

A long-brewing political crisis appeared to reach new heights in Pakistan as police fought Imran Khan's supporters outside his Lahore home.

By Shaiq HussainMarch 15, 2023

Kangaroo skin won’t be used by Nike and Puma. Most Aussies ask, why not?

Nike and Puma, under pressure from animal rights activists, will stop using "k-leather." Ecologists say kangaroos are suffering worse deaths through climate change.

By Frances VinallMarch 15, 2023

YouTuber elected to Japan’s parliament is expelled for never showing up

Yoshikazu Higashitani hasn’t been in Japan, or its legislature, since his election. Experts say supporters don’t expect him to behave like a normal politician.

By Rachel Pannett and Julia Mio InumaMarch 15, 2023