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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.

China Is Signaling Its Desire to Improve Relations With the US. Is Anyone Listening?
September 25, 2020

China Is Signaling Its Desire to Improve Relations With the US. Is Anyone Listening?

By Aries Li
Chinese officials’ World War II commemorations hold an important message for the modern day China-U.S. relationship.

China Announces Aggressive Climate Targets at United Nations
September 25, 2020

China Announces Aggressive Climate Targets at United Nations

By Steven Stashwick
Xi Jinping pledges China will be carbon neutral by 2060 in a bid to soften China's global image.
Taiwan’s KMT May Have a Serious ‘1992 Consensus’ Problem
September 25, 2020

Taiwan’s KMT May Have a Serious ‘1992 Consensus’ Problem

By Derek Grossman and Brandon Alexander Millan
Clinging to the consensus has won the party little respect from Beijing, while putting it out of step with the majority of Taiwanese opinion.

Is Press Freedom Dying in Hong Kong?
September 25, 2020

Is Press Freedom Dying in Hong Kong?

By Jason Hung
New restrictions on police-recognized press accreditations raise the specter of hand-picked media coverage.

Peacekeeping With Chinese Characteristics
September 25, 2020

Peacekeeping With Chinese Characteristics

By Jayshree Borah
China just issued its first white paper on U.N. Peacekeeping Operations. What does it tell us about the Chinese approach to peacekeeping and peace-building?

Another Arrest for Joshua Wong Highlights the Growing Pressure on Young Hong Kong Activists
September 25, 2020

Another Arrest for Joshua Wong Highlights the Growing Pressure on Young Hong Kong Activists

By Shannon Tiezzi
The divergent fates of 20-something activists Wong, Agnes Chow, and Nathan Law demonstrate the new reality for Hong Kong’s young democrats.

China’s Draft Data Security Law: A Practical Review
September 24, 2020

China’s Draft Data Security Law: A Practical Review

By Marcel Green
For the first time, the Chinese government is taking steps to protect personal and consumer data. Businesses should take note.
In Serbia, China’s Digital Silk Road Might Be in Trouble Very Soon
September 23, 2020

In Serbia, China’s Digital Silk Road Might Be in Trouble Very Soon

By Vuk Vuksanovic
A breakthrough agreement signed between Serbia and Kosovo could spell the end of Huawei's thriving presence in Serbia.

At UN, Xi Outlines China’s Vision for the World
September 23, 2020

At UN, Xi Outlines China’s Vision for the World

By Shannon Tiezzi
Xi's address followed (and implicitly responded to) a typical broadside from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Critic of Chinese Leader Sentenced to 18 Years in Graft Case
September 23, 2020

Critic of Chinese Leader Sentenced to 18 Years in Graft Case

By Associated Press
Real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang had been outspoken on issues from censorship to COVID-19. Now he’s in prison on corruption charges.

China’s Stake in the Afghan Peace Process
September 22, 2020

China’s Stake in the Afghan Peace Process

By Sohrab Azad
Afghanistan is already of strategic importance to Beijing. As U.S. troops leave, China's influence will grow.
Lee Teng-hui’s Memorial Service Provides Catalyst for Diplomatic Outreach to Taiwan
September 22, 2020

Lee Teng-hui’s Memorial Service Provides Catalyst for Diplomatic Outreach to Taiwan

By Shannon Tiezzi
In addition to a U.S. under secretary of state, a former Japanese prime minister was also in attendance.

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