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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 Under Fire for Racist Policies Toward Southeast Asian Workers
June 19, 2021

Taiwan Under Fire for Racist Policies Toward Southeast Asian Workers

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwanese factories, along with one county government, are implementing discriminatory policies that prohibit freedom of movement for Southeast Asian workers.

Apple Daily Editors Arrested Under Hong Kong Security Law
June 17, 2021

Apple Daily Editors Arrested Under Hong Kong Security Law

By Zen Soon
The five editors and executives are accused of conspiring with foreign countries to impose sanctions against China and Hong Kong.
Poll Shows Increasing Transatlantic Convergence on China
June 17, 2021

Poll Shows Increasing Transatlantic Convergence on China

By Bonnie S. Glaser and Garima Mohan
Public opinion trends suggest that there is a strong foundation for transatlantic cooperation on China-related challenges.

China Says Nuclear Fuel Rods Damaged, No Radiation Leak
June 16, 2021

China Says Nuclear Fuel Rods Damaged, No Radiation Leak

By Joe McDonald
"There is no problem of radioactive leakage to the environment," China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment said in a statement.

China’s Role in Cameroon’s Risk of Debt Distress 
June 16, 2021

China’s Role in Cameroon’s Risk of Debt Distress 

By R. Maxwell Bone
China is Cameroon’s largest creditor, with 61 percent of the African country’s external debt owed to Beijing.

China-Backed SEZs Linked to Southeast Asia’s Illegal Wildlife Trade
June 15, 2021

China-Backed SEZs Linked to Southeast Asia’s Illegal Wildlife Trade

By Sebastian Strangio
The trade has been facilitated by a combination of loose state jurisdictions and proximity to China's economy.

China’s Repression of the Hui: A Slow Boil
June 15, 2021

China’s Repression of the Hui: A Slow Boil

By James Jennion
Even China’s “preferred Muslims” face tightening restrictions on religious expression.
Emerging Ethnic Affairs Policy Specialist Chen Run’er Could Take Over as Xinjiang Party Secretary
June 14, 2021

Emerging Ethnic Affairs Policy Specialist Chen Run’er Could Take Over as Xinjiang Party Secretary

By Tristan Kenderdine
A low flier on a newly established institutional trajectory toward ethnic affairs governance, Chen Run’er could replace the infamous Chen Quanguo at the 2022 CCP Congress.

The Soviet Origins of Xi’s Xinjiang Policy
June 12, 2021

The Soviet Origins of Xi’s Xinjiang Policy

By Christopher Vassallo
Behind the CCP’s horrific crackdown in Xinjiang is a desperate drive to avoid the mistakes that led to the USSR’s collapse.

China Passes New Law on ‘Countering Foreign Sanctions’
June 11, 2021

China Passes New Law on ‘Countering Foreign Sanctions’

By Shannon Tiezzi
The law provides a legal framework for China to retaliate against foreign sanctions targeting its companies and individuals.

Rocket on Pad, China Ready to Send First Crew to Space Station
June 11, 2021

Rocket on Pad, China Ready to Send First Crew to Space Station

By Associated Press
Three astronauts will blast off next week to spend three months on China’s new Tianhe space station.
In the ‘Three-Child’ Era, China Must Confront Embedded Misogyny
June 10, 2021

In the ‘Three-Child’ Era, China Must Confront Embedded Misogyny

By Jiayuan Wang
Loud encouragement for women to have more children, coupled with a rise in rhetoric equating femininity with weakness, could be a damaging combination for women’s rights in China.

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