China’s coming challenges

By Fareed Zakaria BEIJING “We are all struck by the contrast between Beijing and Washington,” said George Yeo, the former foreign minister of Singapore. He was referring to the quality of governance in the two capitals — in particular, the sense pervasive in Asia that the United States has lost its ability to execute public … Continue reading

Southeast Asia ponders what is going on in China

By Fareed Zakaria KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Visiting Malaysia this week, I was expecting a volley of complaints. The country was one stop on President Obama’s planned trip to Asia this month that was canceled because of Washington’s manufactured budget crisis. “We were disappointed, but we understood the situation,” Prime Minister Najib Razak told me. Others … Continue reading

China at a crossroads


By Fareed Zakaria Does authoritarian capitalism work? For the past few decades, the Chinese economy’s meteoric rise, faster than any large economy in human history, has dazzled the world. It has made many wonder if China’s model of a pro-growth dictatorship is the best path for developing countries. Some have questioned whether Western democracies — … Continue reading

Hail, President. Well Met


In small but important ways, Obama and Xi moved the needle on U.S.-China relations  By Fareed Zakaria While we were consumed by the crises of the moment—Turkey’s ­riots, NSA snooping and Washington’s “scandals”—something happened on June 7 and 8 that is potentially of more lasting importance. The Presidents of the U.S. and China held their … Continue reading

China is not the world’s other superpower


By Fareed Zakaria In February 1972, Richard Nixon went to China and restored Sino-U.S. relations that had been broken for 23 years. During that visit, Nixon held a series of critical meetings with China’s premier, Zhou Enlai, and they discussed the broad strategic framework that would guide bilateral relations. President Obama’s meetings with President Xi … Continue reading

The challenge from China


By Fareed Zakaria Secretary of State John Kerry’s first foreign trip is an impressive swing through nine countries in Europe and the Middle East. But I wonder if he should instead have visited just two countries, China and Japan. That’s where the most significant and dangerous new developments in international relations are unfolding. The world’s second- and third-largest economies … Continue reading

The China Syndrome

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Why the Asian giant could be Obama’s second-term foreign policy headache By Fareed Zakaria The second terms of U.S. presidents tend to be difficult for any number of reasons, but they are often disrupted by a foreign policy crisis. It’s easy to see how that might happen over the next four years with Iran or … Continue reading

China’s Economic Crisis


By Fareed Zakaria There has been much speculation about power struggles in China in the wake of the ouster of Bo Xilai, the powerful Communist Party boss of Chongqing who used populism, money and intrigue to rise to the top. Had he not been brought down this year — by a series of mistakes, revelations … Continue reading

Bo Xilai and the Return of Politics

TIME May 14 2012

China prospered in part because it purged itself of real politicians. That’s over By Fareed Zakaria The storm over the blind activist Chen Guangcheng has understandably captured the world’s attention in the past week. But an event of much greater significance remains the ouster of Bo Xilai, the powerful party boss of Chongqing. The rise … Continue reading

A Post-American World in Progress

Why emerging powers didn’t lead in 2011 and won’t in the coming year By Fareed Zakaria The past year has been filled with tumultuous events—the Arab Spring, the euro-zone crisis. But the most striking trend of 2011, one that will persist in 2012, was one that got little notice: the emerging powers that weren’t. By … Continue reading


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