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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 Moves to Quell Hong Kong Protests With Security Law
May 28, 2020

China Moves to Quell Hong Kong Protests With Security Law

By Zen Soo and Ken Moritsugu
The decision allowing Beijing to craft a national security law for Hong Kong sailed through the National People’s Congress on Thursday.

Overseas Gambling Ventures a Lucky Strike for China’s Power Projection
May 28, 2020

Overseas Gambling Ventures a Lucky Strike for China’s Power Projection

By Hugh Harsono
How overseas gambling enterprises double as power projection tools for China.
Canada Judge Rules Huawei CFO’s Extradition Case Will Proceed
May 28, 2020

Canada Judge Rules Huawei CFO’s Extradition Case Will Proceed

By Associated Press
Meng Wanzhou's extradition cleared a legal hurdle, despite pressure from Beijing.

The US No Longer Considers Hong Kong Autonomous. What Does That Mean?
May 28, 2020

The US No Longer Considers Hong Kong Autonomous. What Does That Mean?

By Shannon Tiezzi
The announcement has huge ramifications, but its actual impact is not yet clear.

Beijing’s National Security Messaging on Hong Kong
May 28, 2020

Beijing’s National Security Messaging on Hong Kong

By Eleanor Albert
China is defending its plans for Hong Kong with a fervent PR blitz.

Why Are Chinese Stocks Dropping in the US?
May 26, 2020

Why Are Chinese Stocks Dropping in the US?

By Chutian Zhou
The fraying of U.S.-China relations is having an impact on Chinese companies listed in the U.S.

Hong Kong Is Becoming Ground Zero in the New Cold War
May 25, 2020

Hong Kong Is Becoming Ground Zero in the New Cold War

By Brian C.H. Fong
If Hong Kong falls, the long arm of the Chinese Communist Party will expand further.
The New US-China Battlefield Over the COVID-19 Narrative: Poland
May 22, 2020

The New US-China Battlefield Over the COVID-19 Narrative: Poland

By Paulina Uznanska and Marian Fila
Largely via Twitter, the U.S. and Chinese ambassadors to Poland have engaged in a fierce debate over COVID-19.

China Considers Bill Limiting Hong Kong Opposition Activity
May 22, 2020

China Considers Bill Limiting Hong Kong Opposition Activity

By Associated Press
Such legislation was last proposed in 2003, sparking protests.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Begins Her Second Term
May 21, 2020

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Begins Her Second Term

By Nick Aspinwall
Tsai thanked the Taiwanese people for their unity and resilience in containing the COVID-19 outbreak and offered to engage in dialogue with Beijing.

US Sanctions Prompt China to Cut Most Iran Oil Supplies, Officially at Least
May 21, 2020

US Sanctions Prompt China to Cut Most Iran Oil Supplies, Officially at Least

By Yigal Chazan
Declared imports have nosedived, but Beijing seems unwilling to shut off completely deliveries from its strategic partner.
China Says Boy Picked by Dalai Lama Now a College Graduate 
May 19, 2020

China Says Boy Picked by Dalai Lama Now a College Graduate 

By Associated Press
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima went missing at age 6, among with his family, shortly after being named the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995. 

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