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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.

Climate Cooperation With China Can Power the World – Sustainably
February 27, 2021

Climate Cooperation With China Can Power the World – Sustainably

By Michael R. Davidson and Yiting Wang
The Belt and Road is accused of exporting China’s coal addiction. But it could also be a platform for spreading green energy around the world.

The Politics Behind China’s COVID-19 Vaccine Choices
February 26, 2021

The Politics Behind China’s COVID-19 Vaccine Choices

By Bonnie Girard
China is keeping its vaccination campaign homegrown -- despite some reservations from the public.
Taiwan Shuffles Cabinet in Signal to Biden Administration
February 26, 2021

Taiwan Shuffles Cabinet in Signal to Biden Administration

By Nick Aspinwall
The country named new heads of defense and China policy in what is being interpreted as an attempt to cool cross-strait tensions and work with the United States.

China’s Soft Power Grows in the Philippines
February 26, 2021

China’s Soft Power Grows in the Philippines

By Jason Hung
China is using a targeted expansion of its pop culture and media in the Philippines to promote pro-China narratives and content.

Is International Pressure Coalescing on China’s Xinjiang Policy?
February 25, 2021

Is International Pressure Coalescing on China’s Xinjiang Policy?

By Eleanor Albert
Separate moves from Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. show signs of growing backlash to China's human rights abuses.

Why Isn’t China’s COVID-19 Stimulus Going Directly to Workers?
February 25, 2021

Why Isn’t China’s COVID-19 Stimulus Going Directly to Workers?

By Xiaochen Su
The rationale (and danger) of China’s lack of direct financial support to the people during the pandemic.

China and Russia: Vaccine Competitors or Partners?
February 23, 2021

China and Russia: Vaccine Competitors or Partners?

By Elizabeth Wishnick
Despite cooperating on some aspects, China and Russia are also directly competing for the same vaccine markets - and the national prestige that comes with it.
Can China Change the Definition of Human Rights?
February 23, 2021

Can China Change the Definition of Human Rights?

By Shannon Tiezzi
In a speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council, China’s foreign minister gave China’s preferred spin to the concept.

The Clubhouse Affair: A Stark Reminder of China’s Information Isolation
February 22, 2021

The Clubhouse Affair: A Stark Reminder of China’s Information Isolation

By Sarah Cook
A brief opening on an audio conversation app allowed Chinese users to speak freely with the outside world.

A Trust Deficit Is Hindering Hong Kong’s COVID-19 Response
February 22, 2021

A Trust Deficit Is Hindering Hong Kong’s COVID-19 Response

By Jessie Lau
In the wake of the national security law, public trust in the government has reached new lows. That is inevitably impacting Hong Kong's pandemic response.

Is China’s COVID-19 Diplomacy Working in Southeast Asia?
February 20, 2021

Is China’s COVID-19 Diplomacy Working in Southeast Asia?

By Dingding Chen
A recent poll suggests a mixed picture for China.
BioNTech Says Taiwan Will Receive Vaccines After Concerns China Impeded Deal
February 20, 2021

BioNTech Says Taiwan Will Receive Vaccines After Concerns China Impeded Deal

By Nick Aspinwall
The German manufacturer vowed to provide vaccines to Taiwan after worries that the Chinese government had tried to block a deal for 5 million doses.

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