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The China challenge is primarily an economic and technological one, Kurt M. Campbell and @RushDoshi  write. Meeting it requires the kinds of investments in American competitiveness and innovation that are also critical to domestic renewal and prosperity.

From 1998-2012, Cai Xia taught at the Central Party School in Beijing, the core of the CCP’s system of ideological indoctrination. Here, she chronicles her process of grappling with China’s official ideology, culminating in a complete break with the CCP.

Foreign Affairs editors and book reviewers compiled a list of the best books we reviewed in 2020. Take a look and start reading.

“Vaccine nationalism is not just morally and ethically reprehensible: it is contrary to every country’s economic, strategic, and health interests.”

Washington missed the opportunity to emulate the COVID-19 responses of democracies, @JonCohenNYC  writes. Americans now have more to learn from grassroots groups in authoritarian, divided, and racist societies whose problems closely mirror those of the U.S.

Our 2020 best of books list is out! Explore Foreign Affairs’ top picks of the year, including books by @thantmyintu , @marthasjones_ , @AdomGetachew , Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, @ischinger , and much more.

The U.S. economy in 2021 will be in a very different position than it was 12 years ago, the last time Joe Biden walked into the White House amid a crisis, @jasonfurman  writes. But lessons from that time can still guide the new president’s response.


In a review of two books on Hong Kong, @JanePerlez  details Beijing’s takeover of the city and the protest movement that developed in response:

Evidence of mass surveillance, arbitrary arrest, forced labor, detention camps, torture, and murder in Xinjiang has piled up, but China’s economic power has deterred many world leaders from open criticism. Read @excinit  on whether this is about to change:

“What has been Asia’s financial hub may find itself reduced to a twenty-first-century version of the fishing village that Queen Victoria’s subjects found when they sailed into the harbor in 1841.”

“Beijing has acted with a sense of impunity in its northwestern province, but its abuses there could bedevil its foreign relations with the Muslim world in the years to come.”

Hong Kong’s status as an autonomous region that respected the rule of law and protected human rights helped make the city a capital of international finance, writes Michael C. Davis. This achievement is now at risk.