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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.

Who’s Afraid of the First China-Russia Road Bridge?
January 25, 2020

Who’s Afraid of the First China-Russia Road Bridge?

By Yuan Jiang
Addressing the persistent myth that China seeks a demographic takeover of the Russian Far East.

China Cargo Train Routes Face Backlash in Finland
January 24, 2020

China Cargo Train Routes Face Backlash in Finland

By Jukka Aukia
A Finnish state media documentary raises questions about the Kouvola-Xi’an train connection – and, implicitly, the wider China-Finland relationship.
Taiwan, Shut Out From WHO, Confronts Deadly Wuhan Coronavirus
January 24, 2020

Taiwan, Shut Out From WHO, Confronts Deadly Wuhan Coronavirus

By Nick Aspinwall
President Tsai and a senior U.S. official called for Taiwan’s inclusion in the WHO as the nation confirmed its first coronavirus case on Tuesday.

Internationalized Autonomy: Re-Discovering the West’s Stake in Hong Kong
January 23, 2020

Internationalized Autonomy: Re-Discovering the West’s Stake in Hong Kong

By Brian C.H. Fong
Hong Kong’s autonomy is a complicated geopolitical issue involving great power competition.

China Sentences Ex-Interpol Chief to 13 Years for Bribes
January 22, 2020

China Sentences Ex-Interpol Chief to 13 Years for Bribes

By Associated Press
Meng Hongwei’s disappearance in 2018 highlighted the reach – and opacity – of China’s anti-corruption efforts.

Pomp and Circumstance: Interpreting the Signing Ceremony of the US-China Trade Deal
January 21, 2020

Pomp and Circumstance: Interpreting the Signing Ceremony of the US-China Trade Deal

By Bonnie Girard
What signals did the ceremony send about the substance of the deal?

Xi Jinping Warns That China’s Coronavirus Outbreak Must Be Taken Seriously
January 21, 2020

Xi Jinping Warns That China’s Coronavirus Outbreak Must Be Taken Seriously

By Associated Press
Chinese authorities reported a sharp rise in the number of cases as they confirmed the disease can be spread between infected people.
Xi Seeks to Boost Belt and Road With Myanmar Visit
January 19, 2020

Xi Seeks to Boost Belt and Road With Myanmar Visit

By Eleanor Albert
Myanmar's government seems eager to embrace China again; the public may have more reservations.

The Phase One Trade Deal: What’s in It for China?
January 18, 2020

The Phase One Trade Deal: What’s in It for China?

By Fatih Oktay
Looking at the text, China's commitments far outweigh the United States'. So why did Beijing sign on?

China’s Media Go Global But Struggle With Credibility
January 18, 2020

China’s Media Go Global But Struggle With Credibility

By Jo Kim
China has many good stories, but the CCP is not good at telling them.

What the Year of the Rat Holds for China
January 18, 2020

What the Year of the Rat Holds for China

By Tuan N. Pham
What should we expect from Beijing this lunar year?
Xi Jinping Kicks off Myanmar State Visit
January 17, 2020

Xi Jinping Kicks off Myanmar State Visit

By Associated Press
The Chinese president arrived Friday in an effort to deepen bilateral ties.

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