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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 Not Replacing the West in Serbia
April 03, 2020

China Is Not Replacing the West in Serbia

By Jelena Milic
Serbia is not seeking to replace the West as its principal partner, and no amount of Chinese coronavirus aid is going to change that.

The Latest Target of China’s Nationalistic Backlash: Chinese Returnees
April 03, 2020

The Latest Target of China’s Nationalistic Backlash: Chinese Returnees

By Chauncey Jung
Chinese nationalists are mobilizing hate against fellow citizens returning from abroad. The government seems content to sit back and watch.
‘Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy’ Fails to Impress – or Reassure
April 02, 2020

‘Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy’ Fails to Impress – or Reassure

By Denny Roy
Though the credo is mainly a PR exercise to massage China’s image, it leaves plenty of cause for global concern.

Some Say China’s Belt and Road Helped Create This Pandemic. Can It Prevent the Next One?
April 02, 2020

Some Say China’s Belt and Road Helped Create This Pandemic. Can It Prevent the Next One?

By Andreea Brînză
As COVID-19 spreads around the world, China has begun talking about a “Health Silk Road.” But one already exists – at least, on paper.

China and Eastern Europe in the COVID-19 Era
April 02, 2020

China and Eastern Europe in the COVID-19 Era

By Shin Kawashima
Another way that the pandemic could reshape the international order.

China’s Huawei Warns More US Pressure May Spur Retaliation
April 02, 2020

China’s Huawei Warns More US Pressure May Spur Retaliation

By Associated Press
“I think the Chinese government will not just stand by and watch Huawei be slaughtered,” Huawei's chairman said.

How Wuhan Virologists Pegged Chloroquine as a Potential COVID-19 Cure
April 01, 2020

How Wuhan Virologists Pegged Chloroquine as a Potential COVID-19 Cure

By Sribala Subramanian
In a paper published in February, before the disease even had a name, Chinese scientists noted an anti-malaria drug as a promising treatment.
China Advances Case Against Australian Academic Yang Hengjun
March 31, 2020

China Advances Case Against Australian Academic Yang Hengjun

By Grant Wyeth
Beijing accuses Yang of espionage; Australia says he wasn’t a spy.

Can Taiwan Benefit From China’s Ouster of US Journalists?
March 31, 2020

Can Taiwan Benefit From China’s Ouster of US Journalists?

By Chauncey Jung
China has turned its back on American journalists. That’s an opportunity for Taiwan to shine.

City at Center of China’s Virus Outbreak Gradually Revives
March 30, 2020

City at Center of China’s Virus Outbreak Gradually Revives

By Associated Press
Shopkeepers in the city at the center of China's virus outbreak were reopening Monday but customers were still scarce.

China Is Getting Closer to One of the Best US Allies in Latin America
March 27, 2020

China Is Getting Closer to One of the Best US Allies in Latin America

By Juan Camilo Martínez Garcia
40 years since relations were established, Colombia-China relations are entering a bold new phase.  
How a Pandemic Drew China and Serbia Closer 
March 27, 2020

How a Pandemic Drew China and Serbia Closer 

By Eleanor Albert
China's medical assistance to Serbia inspired profuse gratitude from President Vucic.

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