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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.

U.S. Congressman Accuses China of ‘Visa Blackmail’ Due to Planned Taiwan Visit
October 17, 2019

U.S. Congressman Accuses China of ‘Visa Blackmail’ Due to Planned Taiwan Visit

By Nick Aspinwall
Representative Sean Patrick Maloney said Beijing denied visas to a U.S. congressional delegation due to their plans to also visit Taiwan.

Taiwan Can Profit from the US-China Tech War
October 15, 2019

Taiwan Can Profit from the US-China Tech War

By Victor (Lin) Pu
The Taiwanese government could seize the space created by the U.S.-China tech conflict.
From ‘Land-Locked’ to ‘Land-Linked’: China’s Xi Goes to Nepal
October 15, 2019

From ‘Land-Locked’ to ‘Land-Linked’: China’s Xi Goes to Nepal

By Eleanor Albert
Both Beijing and Kathmandu stand to benefit from deepening their relationship.

Why Pork Pushed China to a Deal
October 14, 2019

Why Pork Pushed China to a Deal

By Andy Law
And what this says about a future U.S.-China trade deal.

Taiwan’s Human Rights Miracle Does Not Extend to Its Southeast Asian Foreign Workers
October 10, 2019

Taiwan’s Human Rights Miracle Does Not Extend to Its Southeast Asian Foreign Workers

By Nick Aspinwall
Recent incidents affecting Southeast Asian foreign workers muddy Taiwan’s claims as a regional guarantor of human rights. 

Prague vs. Beijing: Estranged Sister Cities
October 08, 2019

Prague vs. Beijing: Estranged Sister Cities

By Manuel Eckert and Richard Q. Turcsányi
Is the severing of sister city ties between Prague and Beijing a case of Chinese punishment or Czech politics?

Hong Kong Wields Emergency Powers as Tensions Escalate
October 07, 2019

Hong Kong Wields Emergency Powers as Tensions Escalate

By Eleanor Albert
Hong Kong has grown increasingly polarized, with emotions running high on both the anti-government and pro-Beijing sides.
Why China is Setting its Sights on Ukraine
October 04, 2019

Why China is Setting its Sights on Ukraine

By Valbona Zeneli and Nataliia Haluhan
Beijing's bid for geopolitical influence in Kyiv is increasing.

What Is the Belt and Road News Network?
October 02, 2019

What Is the Belt and Road News Network?

By Eleanor Albert
A centralized source for BRI information would be welcome, but BRNN may blur the line between data and party-state talking points.

Taiwan Condemns Attack on Hong Kong Activist Denise Ho and Destroyed Lennon Walls
October 02, 2019

Taiwan Condemns Attack on Hong Kong Activist Denise Ho and Destroyed Lennon Walls

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan officials denounced an attack on Denise Ho in Taipei and said it would deport Chinese nationals who deface Lennon Walls.

Hong Kong Protester Shot as China Marks 70th Anniversary
October 01, 2019

Hong Kong Protester Shot as China Marks 70th Anniversary

By Associated Press
As the PRC celebrated 70 years, violence escalated in restless Hong Kong.
A Firsthand Account of Huawei’s PR Drive
September 30, 2019

A Firsthand Account of Huawei’s PR Drive

By Bonnie Girard
From infomercials to 5G licensing, Huawei is attempting to win Western hearts.

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