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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.

Engagement With China Worked After All
April 22, 2021

Engagement With China Worked After All

By Lance L.P. Gore
China’s sharp swing to the left under Xi surprised many. But rather than a new normal, his generation may be the last gasp of old-school Maoism in the country.

Latin America Believed in Chinese Vaccines. Now It May Have Reason to Rethink.
April 21, 2021

Latin America Believed in Chinese Vaccines. Now It May Have Reason to Rethink.

By Isabel Bernhard
China’s latest disclosure could reconfigure regional politics and promote domestic development across the Americas.
Beijing’s Military-Heavy Approach to Taiwan Locks the US and China in a Security Dilemma
April 20, 2021

Beijing’s Military-Heavy Approach to Taiwan Locks the US and China in a Security Dilemma

By Jo Kim
Beijing’s non-military options for coercing Taiwan are showing dwindling returns, meaning China is increasingly using military signaling to respond to any perceived provocation.

Kerry Visits Renews China-US Climate Cooperation
April 20, 2021

Kerry Visits Renews China-US Climate Cooperation

By Shannon Tiezzi
The joint statement included some welcome commitments, and held out hope for more progress in the future.

Hong Kong Tries to Boost Flagging COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign
April 17, 2021

Hong Kong Tries to Boost Flagging COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign

By Jessie Lau
With public trust in tatters, vaccine hesitancy has become a serious hurdle for the government’s pandemic strategy.

Mass Prosecutions Send Chills Across Hong Kong’s Political Spectrum
April 17, 2021

Mass Prosecutions Send Chills Across Hong Kong’s Political Spectrum

By Simon Shen
A quick look at the diverse factions involved in the 2020 primary elections belies Beijing's claim that there was a unified conspiracy toward subversion.

Should the West Fear China’s Increasing Role in Technical Standard Setting?
April 15, 2021

Should the West Fear China’s Increasing Role in Technical Standard Setting?

By Xirui Li and Dingding Chen
As a newcomer to the process, China will surely bring changes. But fears about China's role are often overblown.
Kerry Heads to China for Climate Talks
April 15, 2021

Kerry Heads to China for Climate Talks

By Shannon Tiezzi and Ellen Knickmeyer
In a sign of the issue's important in the overall relationship, climate envoy John Kerry will be the first high-ranking Biden official to travel to China.

Hong Kong’s Activists in Exile
April 13, 2021

Hong Kong’s Activists in Exile

By The Diplomat staff
From Nathan Law to Ted Hui, a growing number of pro-democracy figures are choosing life overseas amid a widening crackdown at home.

China’s Digital Silk Road and the Global Digital Order
April 13, 2021

China’s Digital Silk Road and the Global Digital Order

By Richard Ghiasy and Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy
China’s Digital Silk Road is an ambitious vision to catalyze global digitalization. What will it mean for digital governance?

Zhao Kezhi’s Legacy Could Define China’s Regional Security Paradigm
April 12, 2021

Zhao Kezhi’s Legacy Could Define China’s Regional Security Paradigm

By Tristan Kenderdine
The 20th Party Congress will mark the end of Zhao’s CCP career, but his internal affairs policy will continue.
Taiwan Picks Up the Pieces in Aftermath of Deadly Train Crash
April 09, 2021

Taiwan Picks Up the Pieces in Aftermath of Deadly Train Crash

By Nick Aspinwall
Authorities are investigating after a crane truck slid and fell in front of a passenger train, leading to a crash that killed 50 people.

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