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Shannon Tiezzi

Shannon Tiezzi

Shannon Tiezzi is Editor-in-Chief at The Diplomat.

Her main focus is on China, and she writes on China’s foreign relations, domestic politics, and economy. Shannon previously served as a research associate at the U.S.-China Policy Foundation, where she hosted the weekly television show “China Forum.” She received her A.M. from Harvard University and her B.A. from The College of William and Mary. Shannon has also studied at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Posts by Shannon Tiezzi
May 24, 2022

Gi-Wook Shin on Gwangju and South Korea’s Democracy

By Shannon Tiezzi
“The tragic outcome was a brutal wakeup call to Korean democratic movements.”

May 12, 2022

North Korea Confirms Omicron Case, Raising Fears of a COVID Catastrophe

By Shannon Tiezzi
China’s example raises serious questions about how North Korea can possibly hope to combat the virus.
May 10, 2022

Wary of Policy Shift, China Reaches out to South Korea’s New President

By Shannon Tiezzi
Beijing is showing its sunny side, in hopes of convincing Yoon Suk-yeol that cooperation is a better choice than the hard line he embraced on the campaign trail.

May 01, 2022

Jenny Town and Joel Wit on North Korea’s Busy April

By Shannon Tiezzi
“North Korea is not sending signals it is open to diplomacy, but waiting for it to do so is a serious mistake.”

April 28, 2022

Biden to Make First Asia Trip in May

By Shannon Tiezzi
The U.S. president will be visiting South Korea and Japan from May 20-24.

April 26, 2022

Bhavani Fonseka Explains Sri Lanka’s Protests

By Shannon Tiezzi
“The political and economic crisis have exposed the multiple failures of the Gotabaya Rajapaksa presidency.”
April 13, 2022

Tobias Harris on Abe Shinzo’s Continuing Influence in Japan

By Shannon Tiezzi
Over a year since his resignation, Abe's “power is substantial,” as is his legacy.

April 09, 2022

Derek Chollet on US Indo-Pacific Diplomacy and the Russia-Ukraine War

By Shannon Tiezzi
In U.S. interactions with Asian partners, “I expect Russia-Ukraine will be an issue but it won’t be the issue,” the State Department counselor told The Diplomat.

April 08, 2022

Which Asian Countries Voted to Suspend Russia’s UNHRC Membership?

By Shannon Tiezzi
In the Asia-Pacific, as around the world, there was a definite shift in Russia's favor at the latest vote.

April 01, 2022

China-EU Summit Highlights Diverging Paths

By Shannon Tiezzi
While China tried to emphasize the potential for general cooperation, EU leaders made clear that their “top priority” is to end the war in Ukraine.

March 31, 2022

Amid Ukraine War, China Welcomes Russia’s Foreign Minister

By Shannon Tiezzi
In arguably Beijing’s strongest signal of support for Russia yet, Sergey Lavrov is a full participant at a China-hosted meeting on Afghanistan affairs.
March 25, 2022

China Signals It’s Back to Business as Usual With Taliban Government

By Shannon Tiezzi
Foreign Minister Wang Yi's surprise trip to Afghanistan was a clear sign that China is ready to engage with the Taliban as a normal government.

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