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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.

What the ‘Power of Siberia’ Tells Us About China-Russia Relations
December 07, 2019

What the ‘Power of Siberia’ Tells Us About China-Russia Relations

By Francesco Sassi
Are we on the verge of a new era of natural gas geopolitics?

China: Argentina’s Last Resort
December 06, 2019

China: Argentina’s Last Resort

By Antonio C. Hsiang
Trump's latest tariff threat will likely push Argentina, already economically fragile, further into China's arms.
Russia, China’s Neighborhood Energy Alternative
December 06, 2019

Russia, China’s Neighborhood Energy Alternative

By Eleanor Albert
The opening of the Power of Siberia pipeline draws attention to a blossoming energy partnership between China and Russia.

Exploring China’s New Narrative on Democracy
December 06, 2019

Exploring China’s New Narrative on Democracy

By Jo Kim
Amid growing concerns about its governance, China's leadership is attempting to emphasize its own brand of democracy with “Chinese characteristics.”

Can China’s ‘New Idea’ Work in the Middle East?
December 05, 2019

Can China’s ‘New Idea’ Work in the Middle East?

By Wang Jin
China's approach toward the region was on display at a recent security forum in Beijing.

Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam Fears Violence Is on Upswing Again
December 04, 2019

Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam Fears Violence Is on Upswing Again

By Associated Press
The chief executive says a new U.S. law and continuing violence will harm the economy.

China Releases Professor, But Travel Concerns Persist
December 02, 2019

China Releases Professor, But Travel Concerns Persist

By Shin Kawashima
A recent detention has implications for China-Japan relations.
US Senate Hearing Raises Alarm Over China’s Talent Recruitment Plans
November 30, 2019

US Senate Hearing Raises Alarm Over China’s Talent Recruitment Plans

By Bonnie Girard
Among other concerns, witness testimony pointed to “shadow labs” in China that mirror U.S- funded cutting-edge research.

The Coming Political Restrictions on Chinese Outbound Travel
November 30, 2019

The Coming Political Restrictions on Chinese Outbound Travel

By Xiaochen Su
Hand-wringing over targeted tourist restrictions miss the larger point: the Chinese overseas tourism boom is about to fall victim to domestic political concerns.

Taiwan’s Election Thrown Into Turmoil After Claims by Alleged Chinese Spy
November 29, 2019

Taiwan’s Election Thrown Into Turmoil After Claims by Alleged Chinese Spy

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan detained two Chinese executives over election influence allegations and proposed an anti-infiltration bill after confessions from Wang Liqiang.

North Korea’s Economy: The View From China
November 28, 2019

North Korea’s Economy: The View From China

By Mu Chunshan
Sanctions aside, many Chinese businesspeople are willing to invest across the border. Is North Korea ready to open its doors for them?
How Hong Kong’s District Council Elections Offer a Way out of the Political Crisis
November 27, 2019

How Hong Kong’s District Council Elections Offer a Way out of the Political Crisis

By Brian Wong
The District Council elections provide both the mandate and opportunity to come to a compromise.

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