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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.

Did Honduras’ New President Change Her Mind About Dropping Taiwan?
January 20, 2022

Did Honduras’ New President Change Her Mind About Dropping Taiwan?

By Brian Hioe
An inaugural invite for Taiwanese President Tsai underscores the complicated background of Honduras-Taiwan ties.

How China Intervened in a Maryland Effort to Ban Lead From Children’s Products
January 19, 2022

How China Intervened in a Maryland Effort to Ban Lead From Children’s Products

By Flora Yan
2008 marked one of the earliest examples of the Chinese government's direct intervention on a state bill, through aggressive use of a WTO mechanism.
What’s Behind China’s New National Standardization Outline Document?
January 14, 2022

What’s Behind China’s New National Standardization Outline Document?

By Arjun Gargeyas and Megha Pardhi
To become a global leader in standard-setting, China first needs to focus on domestic standards.

Omicron Tests China’s ‘Zero-Tolerance’ COVID Approach Weeks Ahead of Beijing Olympics
January 14, 2022

Omicron Tests China’s ‘Zero-Tolerance’ COVID Approach Weeks Ahead of Beijing Olympics

By Huizhong Wu
More than 20 million people are under lockdown in China to prevent the virus’ spread, even as Beijing prepares to welcome thousands of foreigners for the Olympics.

Badiucao Explains How China Exports Its Propaganda and Censorship to the West
January 13, 2022

Badiucao Explains How China Exports Its Propaganda and Censorship to the West

By Gian Luca Atzori
A dialogue with “the Chinese Banksy.”

Former Xinjiang Security Official Takes Charge of Hong Kong Garrison
January 12, 2022

Former Xinjiang Security Official Takes Charge of Hong Kong Garrison

By Associated Press
Maj. Gen. Peng Jingtang’s move to Hong Kong underlines the government’s focus on anti-terrorism in the city – something critics say is a smokescreen for cracking down on dissent.

Will China’s Railway in Laos Help Bolster Its ‘Soft Power’?
January 11, 2022

Will China’s Railway in Laos Help Bolster Its ‘Soft Power’?

By Daniele Carminati
The inauguration of the long-promised rail line offers Beijing a chance to burnish its image in mainland Southeast Asia.
KMT Served Double Defeat in Taiwan’s Latest Recall and By-Election
January 10, 2022

KMT Served Double Defeat in Taiwan’s Latest Recall and By-Election

By Brian Hioe
A recall against independent Freddy Lim fell short, and the KMT's candidate lost a by-election to fill another seat vacated by a previous recall campaign.

Fuzzy Logic: China’s Second Order Foreign Policy
January 07, 2022

Fuzzy Logic: China’s Second Order Foreign Policy

By Joseph Cash
China’s foreign policy specialists are struggling to satisfactorily explain China’s rise or how it is likely to behave as a prominent global leader.

China Looks to Play More Active Role in Horn of Africa Conflicts
January 07, 2022

China Looks to Play More Active Role in Horn of Africa Conflicts

By Shannon Tiezzi
Just after his visit to Eritrea, Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the creation of special envoy post for the region, presumably to address the Tigray war.

Xi’an Residents Voice Frustration Amid Lockdown
January 06, 2022

Xi’an Residents Voice Frustration Amid Lockdown

By Ken Moritsugu
China’s largest-scale lockdown since 2020 has residents complaining about food shortages and harsh restrictions.
China Is Targeting Lithuania. The EU Must Push Back.
January 06, 2022

China Is Targeting Lithuania. The EU Must Push Back.

By Chien-Huei Wu and Nai-Yu Chen
Europe must resist Chinese economic coercion with one voice.

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