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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.

Vatican Makes Fresh Overture to China, Reaffirms That Catholic Church Is No Threat to Sovereignty

Vatican Makes Fresh Overture to China, Reaffirms That Catholic Church Is No Threat to Sovereignty

By Nicole Winfield
The Vatican hosted the head of China’s bishops conference for an unprecedented, high-level commemoration of a 1924 meeting in Shanghai.

Tens of Thousands Protest Bill to Expand Legislative Power in Taiwan

Tens of Thousands Protest Bill to Expand Legislative Power in Taiwan

By Brian Hioe
A move by the KMT and its ally, the TPP, to quickly pass the controversial bill sparked an angry response reminiscent of the 2014 Sunflower Movement.
Putin’s China Visit: As Moscow Eyes Mars, Beijing Wants Beans 

Putin’s China Visit: As Moscow Eyes Mars, Beijing Wants Beans 

By Ladislav Charouz
Russia and China both see advantages in deepening their partnership but mismatches in their priorities persist. 

With Lai Ching-te Inauguration, Taiwan Has a New President

With Lai Ching-te Inauguration, Taiwan Has a New President

By Brian Hioe
Lai’s inaugural address was consistent with his pro-status quo platform on cross-strait relations. Domestic politics could pose a more immediate flashpoint, however.

In China, Russia’s Putin Emphasizes Strategic and Personal Ties

In China, Russia’s Putin Emphasizes Strategic and Personal Ties

By Huizhong Wu and Emily Wang Fujiyama
Putin's visit underscored China and Russia's coordination to push forward an “emerging multipolar world.”

Why Xi’s Europe Tour Was Seen Positively in Moscow

Why Xi’s Europe Tour Was Seen Positively in Moscow

By Oleg Yanovsky
Russia benefited from China’s successful shuttle diplomacy both in practical ways and because it fit into Moscow’s grand vision for world affairs.

Xi Jinping’s Europe Diplomacy Stalemate

Xi Jinping’s Europe Diplomacy Stalemate

By Chauncey Jung
China has seen very few positive signs in its recent diplomatic engagements with the EU, and key EU members such as France and Germany.
Can Taiwan Block Telegram? 

Can Taiwan Block Telegram? 

By Charles Mok
Taiwan, like many other liberal democracies, is grappling with the question of how to deal with illegal content on internet platforms. 

China’s NATO Anxiety

China’s NATO Anxiety

By Matti Puranen
China sees NATO as an important component of U.S.-led “bloc confrontation” – which it views as a strategy of weaving webs of international coalitions to contain China’s rise.

Independent Trade Unions’ Diminished Voice Threatens Labor Rights in Hong Kong

Independent Trade Unions’ Diminished Voice Threatens Labor Rights in Hong Kong

By Christopher Siu-tat Mung
Under the government’s strict control, independent unions have been devastated, labor protests are prohibited, and opposition to the government’s labor policies has become rare.

China’s Chang’e 6 Moon Mission Is a Game Changer 

China’s Chang’e 6 Moon Mission Is a Game Changer 

By Namrata Goswami
China’s bid to return lunar samples from the far side of the Moon will have long-term strategic and geopolitical implications.
China’s Green Energy Investments Aim at Latin America Amid Competition With the US

China’s Green Energy Investments Aim at Latin America Amid Competition With the US

By Ricardo Lopes Kotz
Chinese investments in Latin America are shifting to focus on decarbonization and renewable energies, using technologies that are strategic for the future of the global economy. 

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