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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.

How China Influences Media in Central and Eastern Europe
November 19, 2019

How China Influences Media in Central and Eastern Europe

By Ivana Karásková
China has successfully planted its narratives on topics like the Hong Kong protests into major news outlets across Central and Eastern Europe.

Campus Under Siege as Hong Kong Police Battle Protesters
November 19, 2019

Campus Under Siege as Hong Kong Police Battle Protesters

By Associated Press
For days, protesters have fortified Hong Kong Polytechnic University against police. Now things are coming to a head.
How Chinese Norms Are Going Global
November 16, 2019

How Chinese Norms Are Going Global

By Reza Hasmath and Jennifer Y.J. Hsu
From human rights to good governance, Chinese norms are spreading. How should Western governments react?

Tracking Down the Fruits of Xinjiang’s Forced Labor Industry
November 16, 2019

Tracking Down the Fruits of Xinjiang’s Forced Labor Industry

By Juozapas Bagdonas
A few clicks reveals several U.S. companies are benefiting from China’s oppression of Muslims.

Is BRICS Losing Its Shine for China?
November 15, 2019

Is BRICS Losing Its Shine for China?

By Eleanor Albert
Excitement surrounding the BRICS may be waning as economic and political divisions grow.

China’s Pacific Challenge
November 15, 2019

China’s Pacific Challenge

By Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
China's outreach to Pacific island states is gaining steam, to the chagrin of other regional powers.

Hong Kong Police: Protesters ‘One Step Closer to Terrorism’
November 15, 2019

Hong Kong Police: Protesters ‘One Step Closer to Terrorism’

By Associated Press
As new violence rocks the city, including clashes at university campuses, the police intensified their response.
Taiwan’s Han Kuo-yu Picks Running Mate as Scandals, Controversies Swirl
November 14, 2019

Taiwan’s Han Kuo-yu Picks Running Mate as Scandals, Controversies Swirl

By Nick Aspinwall
Han Kuo-yu announced former premier Chang San-cheng as his vice presidential pick, while controversial comments and property acquisition scandals hamper his campaign.

Damnatio Memoriae in China: Zhao Ziyang Is Laid to Rest
November 13, 2019

Damnatio Memoriae in China: Zhao Ziyang Is Laid to Rest

By Bonnie Girard
Zhao was written out of Chinese history for showing sympathy to the Tiananmen protesters. The indignity continued even after his death.

Why Is China Detaining More Foreigners?
November 12, 2019

Why Is China Detaining More Foreigners?

By Shin Kawashima
A disturbing new trend emerges.

Taiwan Rebukes Beijing’s New 26 Measures for Cross-Strait Exchanges
November 09, 2019

Taiwan Rebukes Beijing’s New 26 Measures for Cross-Strait Exchanges

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan’s ruling DPP rejected China’s offer of incentives to Taiwanese nationals, while the opposition KMT welcomed the move.
Hukous: Being Illegal in One’s Own Country
November 08, 2019

Hukous: Being Illegal in One’s Own Country

By Bonnie Girard
China’s hukou system is getting worse, not better.

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