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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.

The Misuse of China’s Mental Hospitals
August 13, 2020

The Misuse of China’s Mental Hospitals

By Chi Yin and Jerome A.Cohen
Feng Xiaoyan’s case shows how practices of involuntary hospitalization and adult guardianship can combine to lock away unfortunate victims – sometimes for life.

Did Nigeria Really Cede Its Sovereignty to China in a Loan Agreement?
August 12, 2020

Did Nigeria Really Cede Its Sovereignty to China in a Loan Agreement?

By Laure Deron
A legal review of the public debate sparked by a Nigeria-China commercial loan agreement.
The Road to ‘Red Hong Kong’?
August 11, 2020

The Road to ‘Red Hong Kong’?

By Shin Kawashima
Hong Kong’s traditional role is changing.

Hong Kong Newspaper Raided, Tycoon Detained Under New National Security Law
August 10, 2020

Hong Kong Newspaper Raided, Tycoon Detained Under New National Security Law

By Associated Press
Jimmy Lai, a long-time critic of the CCP, was arrested and his group’s offices raided in the first time the new law was used to target media.

China’s Legal Blitzkrieg in Hong Kong
August 08, 2020

China’s Legal Blitzkrieg in Hong Kong

By Ming-Sung Kuo
Beijing’s putsch in Hong Kong through legislation is executed in a way that maximum shock and awe can be felt in the world.

The New US Cyber Policy Has Serious Bite for Chinese Firms
August 07, 2020

The New US Cyber Policy Has Serious Bite for Chinese Firms

By Chauncey Jung
Mike Pompeo’s announcement will hit Chinese internet companies at their most vulnerable spots.

US Health Secretary Alex Azar to Visit Taiwan in Rare Cabinet-Level Exchange
August 07, 2020

US Health Secretary Alex Azar to Visit Taiwan in Rare Cabinet-Level Exchange

By Nick Aspinwall
Azar plans to meet with several top officials to promote U.S.-Taiwan cooperation on the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Very British Dodge on Huawei
August 06, 2020

A Very British Dodge on Huawei

By Michito Tsuruoka
How London has tried to evade US pressure on China

China, Climate Change, and COVID-19: An Interview With Kevin Rudd
August 05, 2020

China, Climate Change, and COVID-19: An Interview With Kevin Rudd

By Jongsoo Lee
The former Australian prime minister discusses the challenges facing the Indo-Pacific, including the many facets of China’s rise.

Who Will Be China’s Next Premier?
August 04, 2020

Who Will Be China’s Next Premier?

By Andrei Lungu
Because of the focus on what Xi will do in 2022, an important question has been ignored: who will take Li Keqiang’s place?

The US-China Relationship Is a Shakespearean Tragedy
August 03, 2020

The US-China Relationship Is a Shakespearean Tragedy

By Zheng Wang
We are silently witnessing the biggest strategic misjudgment in history: Two superpowers are sliding toward conflict when they still share huge common interests.
Hong Kong’s Elections Were Already Rigged. Now They Won’t Happen.
August 01, 2020

Hong Kong’s Elections Were Already Rigged. Now They Won’t Happen.

By Shannon Tiezzi
Stacking the deck against pro-democrats apparently wasn’t enough for the Hong Kong government.

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