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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.

Huawei Executive Resolves Criminal Charges in Deal With US
September 25, 2021

Huawei Executive Resolves Criminal Charges in Deal With US

By Eric Tucker and Jim Mustian
The deferred prosecution agreement paves the way for Meng Wanzhou to be released in a case that has roiled China’s relationships with both Canada and the U.S.

China Aiding Myanmar Armed Groups in Their COVID-19 Fight
September 24, 2021

China Aiding Myanmar Armed Groups in Their COVID-19 Fight

By Sebastian Strangio
Beijing has long maintained close relations to the ethnic armed groups lying along its borders with Myanmar.
China’s Xi, Like Biden Hours Earlier, Turns to Calm Language in UN Remarks
September 23, 2021

China’s Xi, Like Biden Hours Earlier, Turns to Calm Language in UN Remarks

By Ted Anthony
In a pre-recorded speech, Xi reiterated China’s commitment to “dialogue and cooperation” and refrained from criticizing the U.S. by name.

Taiwan Applies for CPTPP Membership
September 23, 2021

Taiwan Applies for CPTPP Membership

By Shannon Tiezzi
Taiwan is a natural fit for the CPTPP in economic terms, but its bid will likely face intense opposition from China.

Don’t Count China Out of the CPTPP
September 22, 2021

Don’t Count China Out of the CPTPP

By Joseph Cash
The now-frozen trade deal with the EU shows China can be willing to push the boundaries of reform into areas that might surprise observers.

China Keeps Virus at Bay at High Cost Ahead of Olympics
September 22, 2021

China Keeps Virus at Bay at High Cost Ahead of Olympics

By Joe McDonald and Huizhong Wu
China’s “zero tolerance” strategy of trying to isolate every case and stop transmission has succeeded in keeping COVID-19 at bay – but at a steep price.

Does Guinea’s Coup Matter to China?
September 21, 2021

Does Guinea’s Coup Matter to China?

By Ovigwe Eguegu
While its bauxite and iron ore deposits make Guinea important to China, context is everything.
China’s ‘Standards 2035’ Project Could Result in a Technological Cold War
September 18, 2021

China’s ‘Standards 2035’ Project Could Result in a Technological Cold War

By Arjun Gargeyas
The repercussions of the Chinese plan will create blocs of influence, each following separate technical standards governing emerging and critical technologies

Will China Actually Join the CPTPP?
September 17, 2021

Will China Actually Join the CPTPP?

By Shannon Tiezzi
China's membership bid has symbolic value, but it's highly unlikely that Beijing will meet the CPTPP's standards.

Rural Affairs Specialist Han Jun Likely to Ascend to Vice Premier in 2022
September 17, 2021

Rural Affairs Specialist Han Jun Likely to Ascend to Vice Premier in 2022

By Tristan Kenderdine
Han Jun’s elevation to Jilin governor puts this rural policy careerist in strong contention for one of four State Council vice premier positions in 2022.

‘Red Roulette’: Tell-All Book Reveals the Dark Underbelly of China’s Gilded Age
September 17, 2021

‘Red Roulette’: Tell-All Book Reveals the Dark Underbelly of China’s Gilded Age

By Lizzi C. Lee
Beneath Desmond Shum’s deeply personal memoir about corruption and wealth, we can glimpse the profound political and economic tectonic shifts that foreshadowed Xi Jinping’s second term of office.
Understanding China’s Draft Algorithm Regulations
September 16, 2021

Understanding China’s Draft Algorithm Regulations

By Sapni G K and Mihir Mahajan
China’s restrictions on recommendation algorithms fill a gap in global regulations. Not coincidentally, though, they also serve to extend Chinese state control over internet-based services.

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