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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.

Death Toll Triples to More Than 300 in Recent China Flooding
August 03, 2021

Death Toll Triples to More Than 300 in Recent China Flooding

By Associated Press
The government of Henan province revised the death toll upward to 302 people, most of them in the capital of Zhengzhou.

‘Produce Camp 2021’ and the Chinese Dream
July 31, 2021

‘Produce Camp 2021’ and the Chinese Dream

By Song Tang
The boy band elimination show promotes the image of China as a culturally influential and friendly country — a key goal of the Chinese Dream.
Who Is Qin Gang, China’s New US Ambassador?
July 30, 2021

Who Is Qin Gang, China’s New US Ambassador?

By Lizzi C. Lee
Qin has little U.S. experience, unlike his predecessors. But he may have something even more valuable: direct access to Xi Jinping.

China Is Providing an Alternative Regional Framework for South Asia
July 30, 2021

China Is Providing an Alternative Regional Framework for South Asia

By Bipin Ghimire and Apoorva Pathak
China has set up its own alternative to SAARC and BIMSTEC – one that does not include India.

China Targets the Private Tutoring Sector
July 29, 2021

China Targets the Private Tutoring Sector

By Eleanor Albert
New scrutiny on the tutoring industry comes amid a broader tightening of regulations in general.

Why Taiwan Is Beating COVID-19 – Again
July 29, 2021

Why Taiwan Is Beating COVID-19 – Again

By Wayne Soon
How did Taiwan suppress this wave, even as Australia, Vietnam, and Singapore are struggling with an uptick of the virus?

After Massive Floods, Zhengzhou’s Subway Becomes a Public Mourning Site
July 27, 2021

After Massive Floods, Zhengzhou’s Subway Becomes a Public Mourning Site

By Dake Kang
At least 71 people perished in last week’s floods in Henan Province, including 14 who were trapped on the flooded subway in Zhengzhou.
How China Missed Its COVID-19 Opportunity
July 27, 2021

How China Missed Its COVID-19 Opportunity

By Ben Moeller
After initial missteps, Beijing had the chance to be the envy of the world for its pandemic management. What went wrong?

During Latest Exchange, China Presents US With 2 Lists of Grievances
July 26, 2021

During Latest Exchange, China Presents US With 2 Lists of Grievances

By Shannon Tiezzi
Based on the official read-outs from both sides, it seems Wendy Sherman’s trip to China didn’t go much beyond repeating lengthy lists of concern.

As China Rolled Out Its COVID-19 Shots, Victims of Earlier Vaccine Scandals Vanished
July 24, 2021

As China Rolled Out Its COVID-19 Shots, Victims of Earlier Vaccine Scandals Vanished

By Renee Xia
China’s habit of disappearing and censoring critics is not the way to win trust in its vaccine industry.

Ghost in the Machine: A Faceless, Famous Chinese Blogger Goes Silent
July 23, 2021

Ghost in the Machine: A Faceless, Famous Chinese Blogger Goes Silent

By Jesse Turland
An anonymous Chinese tech and political blogger called “Program-Think” stopped posting in May, and rumors are swirling as to why.
Introducing China’s Carbon Market
July 22, 2021

Introducing China’s Carbon Market

By Eleanor Albert
What to know about Beijing’s latest step to combat climate change.

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