The Real Winner of the Afghan War? It’s Not Who You Think.

Pakistan, nominally a U.S. partner in the war, was the Afghan Taliban’s main patron, and sees the Taliban’s victory as its own. But now what does it do with its prize?

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A Pricey Drive Down Montenegro’s Highway ‘From Nowhere to Nowhere’

The Montenegrin leader says that an almost $1 billion Chinese-built highway approved by his predecessor has badly strained the country’s finances.

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The Man Behind China’s Aggressive New Voice

How one bureaucrat, armed with just a Twitter account, remade Beijing’s diplomacy for a nationalistic era.

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G7 Leaders Offer United Front as Summit Ends, but Cracks Are Clear

Biden and other Western leaders had tough words for Russia and China after wrapping up a meeting in England, but they had trouble finding common ground on some big issues.

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To Counter China’s Belt-and-Road, Biden Tries to Unite G7

The president urged the leaders of wealthy democracies to offer hundreds of billions in loans to developing nations in a direct challenge to Beijing’s Belt-and-Road Initiative.

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Biden Defines His Underlying Challenge With China: ‘Prove Democracy Works’

At his news conference on Thursday, the president provided a revealing look into how he viewed the threat from Beijing.

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The Coronavirus Threatens China’s Belt and Road Loans

Nations want Beijing to forgive or renegotiate loans as their economies suffer. Doing so would be costly. Saying no could hurt China’s global image.

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Coronavirus Diplomacy: How China’s Red Cross Serves Its Communist Party

The Red Cross in China seems like any other humanitarian group. But there is one crucial difference: it is funded and directed by the Chinese Communist Party.

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