Ruth Marcus / Politics

Great Leap Nowhere

BEIJING -- Women, Chairman Mao famously proclaimed, hold up half the sky. But not half the Politburo.

Chinese politics may be the ultimate old boys' club. Of the 25-member Politburo, only two are women. Female membership on the larger Central ...

Forgetting Tiananmen

BEIJING -- The young man approached with an air of furtive urgency, covering his mouth with his hand. "Please can you tell me," he asked, "what happened in 1989?"

In China, there is a single answer to that question: the Tiananmen Square massacre,...

Why Chinese Play Their 'Cards'

BEIJING -- I knew before arriving that Netflix's "House of Cards" was an unexpected hit here. Still, it took the ripped-from-the-airwaves coincidence of five members of the Chinese military indicted on charges of cyber espionage to grasp more ...