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China's rise inspires a mix of awe, fear and skepticism. But what will its global role be? Are we on the brink of a bipolar world? How will its neighbors respond? Will it all come crashing down? The Diplomat's daily China blog will try to find some answers.

Taiwan Starts Production of First Domestically Made Submarines
November 28, 2020

Taiwan Starts Production of First Domestically Made Submarines

By Nick Aspinwall
President Tsai Ing-wen called the submarine production crucial to Taiwan’s development of asymmetric warfare capabilities.

China Points Finger at Imported Food Packaging as It Casts Doubt on COVID-19 Origins
November 26, 2020

China Points Finger at Imported Food Packaging as It Casts Doubt on COVID-19 Origins

By Associated Press
China’s new focus on testing packaging comes amid a media push to claim that frozen food imports brought the virus to Wuhan in the first place.
China’s Xi Finally Congratulates US President-Elect Biden
November 26, 2020

China’s Xi Finally Congratulates US President-Elect Biden

By Shannon Tiezzi
Xi's call came shortly after the official transition process began.

China’s Foreign Minister Arrives in Japan, Hoping to Keep Relations Steady
November 24, 2020

China’s Foreign Minister Arrives in Japan, Hoping to Keep Relations Steady

By Shannon Tiezzi
Wang Yi’s trip marks Beijing’s first high-level engagement with the new Suga administration.

China Launches Mission to Bring Back Material From Moon
November 24, 2020

China Launches Mission to Bring Back Material From Moon

By Associated Press
If successful, the lunar mission would mark a giant leap forward for China's space program.

China Tests Millions After Coronavirus Flareups in 3 Cities
November 24, 2020

China Tests Millions After Coronavirus Flareups in 3 Cities

By Associated Press
Recent flareups have shown that there is still a risk of the virus returning, despite being largely controlled within China.

The Intensifying Pressures to Further ‘Reform’ Hong Kong’s Courts
November 23, 2020

The Intensifying Pressures to Further ‘Reform’ Hong Kong’s Courts

By Jerome A. Cohen
With LegCo subdued, Beijing is turning its attention to Hong Kong’s independent judiciary.
China’s Coming Chang’e 5 Launch: Strategic Implications
November 20, 2020

China’s Coming Chang’e 5 Launch: Strategic Implications

By Namrata Goswami
The mission is not just about scientific exploration of the lunar surface, but about developing Chinese space power and the attractiveness of its space vision.

How China Uses the People’s Armed Police as Agents of Diplomacy
November 20, 2020

How China Uses the People’s Armed Police as Agents of Diplomacy

By Bonnie Girard
An instrument of domestic repression now doubles as a diplomatic tool.

China Leans Into RCEP Conclusion as Win
November 19, 2020

China Leans Into RCEP Conclusion as Win

By Eleanor Albert
China frames the conclusion of the mega trade deal as a huge victory for its approach to multilateral trade - and, implicitly, a rebuke of U.S. unilateralism.

The Impact of Hong Kong’s Opposition-Less Legislature
November 19, 2020

The Impact of Hong Kong’s Opposition-Less Legislature

By Jessie Lau
By forcing out pro-democracy legislators, authorities have snuffed out one of the last official channels for voicing dissent and holding the government accountable.
Former Hong Kong Lawmakers Who Disrupted Session Arrested
November 18, 2020

Former Hong Kong Lawmakers Who Disrupted Session Arrested

By Associated Press
Ted Hui, Eddie Chu and Raymond Chan have been arrested this week over incidents in the legislature's main chamber several months ago.

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