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China Power

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.

Op-Ed in China Draws Backlash for Advocating Women ‘Warm Rural Bachelors’ Beds’
October 20, 2021

Op-Ed in China Draws Backlash for Advocating Women ‘Warm Rural Bachelors’ Beds’

By Jesse Turland
Since the latest census results confirmed slowing marriage and birth rates, policy solutions have increasingly undermined women’s rights.

Can Russia and Mongolia Replace Australia’s Coal Supply to China?
October 20, 2021

Can Russia and Mongolia Replace Australia’s Coal Supply to China?

By Bolor Lkhaajav
As China grapples with an energy shortage, it is increasingly looking to source coal from its northern neighbors.
China’s Shenzhou 13 Mission and Its Long-Term Impact
October 20, 2021

China’s Shenzhou 13 Mission and Its Long-Term Impact

By Namrata Goswami
With three astronauts set to spend six months on China’s space station, this is China’s most ambitious human space mission to date.

China’s Overseas Coal Pledge Is Not a Climate Change Gamechanger
October 18, 2021

China’s Overseas Coal Pledge Is Not a Climate Change Gamechanger

By Mathias Lund Larsen
Over-enthusiasm for Xi’s coal pledge will let China get away with lower overall climate ambitions.

Beijing’s Balancing Act on China-US Relations
October 16, 2021

Beijing’s Balancing Act on China-US Relations

By Brian Wong
Chinese leaders must balance the current push for strategic de-escalation with the hyper-nationalism at play among average Chinese.

Ahead of Latest Mission, China Renews Space Cooperation Vow
October 16, 2021

Ahead of Latest Mission, China Renews Space Cooperation Vow

By Associated Press
China is sending three astronauts to spend six months aboard its space station – which it built after being excluded from the ISS.

Xi and Tsai’s Dueling Messages on Cross-Strait Relations
October 15, 2021

Xi and Tsai’s Dueling Messages on Cross-Strait Relations

By Zhenze Huang
How should we understand the “Double Tenth Day” addresses made by the two leaders?
‘The Battle at Lake Changjin’ and China’s New View of War
October 14, 2021

‘The Battle at Lake Changjin’ and China’s New View of War

By Carice Witte
War was once viewed as a danger to the ruling party. Now it is perceived as a way to strengthen CCP’s position.

Artist Wants Hong Kong Sculpture Back as Deadline for Removal Passes
October 13, 2021

Artist Wants Hong Kong Sculpture Back as Deadline for Removal Passes

By Associated Press
The removal order is “an attack against the memory about the Tiananmen crackdown,” artist Jens Galschioet said.

Does China’s Remaining Non-State Media Have a Future?
October 13, 2021

Does China’s Remaining Non-State Media Have a Future?

By Jesse Turland
New draft regulations could cripple outlets like Caixin, considered a bastion of investigative journalism scrutinizing corporate and government dealings.

China and the ‘Asia-South America Digital Door’
October 13, 2021

China and the ‘Asia-South America Digital Door’

By Lauren Ashmore
Chile’s project promoting digital connectivity to Asia has implications for the China-U.S. competition.
On Internet Freedom, China and Taiwan Are Worlds Apart
October 12, 2021

On Internet Freedom, China and Taiwan Are Worlds Apart

By Sarah Cook and Allie Funk
One is ranked as the most oppressive digital environment. The other is among the freest.

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