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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’s Prominent Role in the 2022 Qatar World Cup
December 05, 2022

China’s Prominent Role in the 2022 Qatar World Cup

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Yeta Purnama
Despite not qualifying for the festival of football, the country has left a deep impression on the tournament in Qatar.

‘Don’t Say Gay’ Is Happening in China Too. But It Can’t Turn Back the Clock. 
December 03, 2022

‘Don’t Say Gay’ Is Happening in China Too. But It Can’t Turn Back the Clock. 

By Zhijun Hu
Despite the many differences between the United States and China, anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in each follows a similar logic.
Jiang Zemin’s Mixed Legacy
December 02, 2022

Jiang Zemin’s Mixed Legacy

By Zhiqun Zhu
One can attribute many of China’s current achievements and problems to policies initiated during Jiang’s tenure. 

China Eases Virus Controls Amid Effort to Head off Protests
December 02, 2022

China Eases Virus Controls Amid Effort to Head off Protests

By Joe McDonald
Guangzhou, Shijiazhuang, Chengdu, and other major cities announced they were easing testing requirements and controls on movement.

Jiang Zemin’s Foreign Policy Legacy Has Died With Him
December 01, 2022

Jiang Zemin’s Foreign Policy Legacy Has Died With Him

By Denny Roy
Many Chinese associate the late Jiang with an era seen as brighter and more hopeful than the literal and figurative lockdown Xi has brought upon China.

Hong Kong Rags-to-riches Publisher Jimmy Lai Facing Security Law Trial
December 01, 2022

Hong Kong Rags-to-riches Publisher Jimmy Lai Facing Security Law Trial

By Kanis Leung
Already serving a 20-month term for other offenses, the 74-year-old Lai could face up to life in prison if he is convicted under the new National Security Law.

Jiang Zemin, Who Guided China’s Economic Rise, Dies
December 01, 2022

Jiang Zemin, Who Guided China’s Economic Rise, Dies

By Joe McDonald
Jiang led China from 1989 to 2002, a period that saw explosive growth in China’s economy and global status but also laid the seeds for many of the issues facing the country today.
Shanghai Protests, But Not Too Far
November 30, 2022

Shanghai Protests, But Not Too Far

By Bonnie Girard
China’s middle class has rarely taken part in political activism over the past 30 years. They are now voicing their discontent – to a point.

Cross-Strait Relations After the 2022 Midterm Election in Taiwan
November 29, 2022

Cross-Strait Relations After the 2022 Midterm Election in Taiwan

By Charles K. S. Wu, Austin Horng-En Wang, Yao-Yuan Yeh, and Fang-Yu Chen
Going forward, this election will have a number of critical implications for Taiwan’s security.

The Real Importance of China’s ‘Zero COVID’ Protests
November 29, 2022

The Real Importance of China’s ‘Zero COVID’ Protests

By Shannon Tiezzi
“In China, everyone is one step from becoming a dissident” – and zero COVID has pushed many to make that final step.

China Virus Protests Hit Hong Kong After Mainland Rallies
November 29, 2022

China Virus Protests Hit Hong Kong After Mainland Rallies

By Kanis Leung and Zen Soo
In the biggest protests in over a year, around 100 Hong Kongers showed their support for protesters in mainland cities.
Once Again, KMT Scores Big in Taiwan’s Local Elections
November 28, 2022

Once Again, KMT Scores Big in Taiwan’s Local Elections

By Brian Hioe
In many ways, the election results maintained the status quo of pan-Blue dominance over local politics, rather than a dramatic return to form for the KMT.

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