China’s faltering zero COVID policy

As Beijing doubles down on “dynamic clearing,” widely known as the “zero COVID” policy, our experts continue to unpack the domestic political drivers, economic repercussions, and the political, diplomatic, and human costs.

How badly has the recent turn in Beijing’s policy undermined the domestic narrative of China’s superior pandemic response and the stature of Xi Jinping’s rule? Explore content below to learn more.

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New Atlanticist

Jan 23, 2024

It’s time for a US-Taiwan free trade agreement 

By Clete R. Willems

A free trade agreement between the United States and Taiwan would help protect the island democracy from China's economic coercion.

China Economy & Business

New Atlanticist

Dec 19, 2023

What to know about China’s meddling in Taiwan’s upcoming election

By Lev Nachman, Wen-Ti Sung

China's approach to spreading misinformation to influence Taiwan's upcoming elections has become more subtle and, perhaps, more effective.

Elections Taiwan

New Atlanticist

Dec 5, 2023

Meet Taiwan’s presidential candidates and their running mates

By Wen-Ti Sung, Lev Nachman

Expect to see these vice-presidential candidates front and center as the three parties change how they frame and run their campaigns.

Elections Taiwan


Dec 4, 2023

Community watch: China’s vision for the future of the internet

By Dakota Cary

In 2015, Beijing released Jointly Building a Community with a Shared Future in Cyberspace, a white paper outlining the CCP’s vision for the future of the internet. In the eight years since then, this vision has picked up steam outside of China, largely as the result of Beijing’s efforts to export these ideas to authoritarian countries.

China Cybersecurity

New Atlanticist

Nov 22, 2023

China’s acoustic aggression against a US ally follows a pattern. Military talks won’t help.

By Markus Garlauskas, Philip W. Yu

On November 14, a Chinese warship used its active sonar to harass and injure two Australian Royal Navy divers with high-powered sound waves.

Australia China

New Atlanticist

Nov 22, 2023

Get up to speed on Taiwan’s upcoming elections

By Lev Nachman, Wen-Ti Sung

The elections on January 13, 2024, have the potential to drastically change the future of Taiwan and East Asian regional stability.

China Elections


Nov 17, 2023

Relying on old enemies: The challenge of Taiwan’s economic ties to China

By Jeremy Mark, Niels Graham

This economic challenge will be just as important to Taiwan’s economic and political well-being as the imperative to strengthen military capabilities and alliances in the Asia-Pacific, especially as Taiwanese companies join other multinationals in de-risking their investments in China.

China Economy & Business


Nov 6, 2023

Investigating China’s economic coercion: The reach and role of Chinese corporate entities

By William Piekos

How is corporate ownership used in Beijing's economic influence operations, and what makes a country more susceptible to coercive attempts?

China East Asia

New Atlanticist

Oct 26, 2023

What to make of China’s latest restrictions on critical mineral exports

By Reed Blakemore

Beijing's export restrictions on graphite, gallium, and germanium are examples of how China is wielding its "resource leverage."

China Economy & Business

New Atlanticist

Oct 20, 2023

The political factors behind China’s disappearing leaders

By Mark Parker Young

Several senior Chinese officials appear to have been ousted in recent months. A close look at the officials involved suggests that a variety of personal and institutional factors contributed to their downfall.

China Corruption