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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.

China’s Third Plenum Shines Light on Center-Local Fiscal Challenges

China’s Third Plenum Shines Light on Center-Local Fiscal Challenges

By Jennifer Lee
China watchers should temper their expectations and anticipate incremental changes building off of existing policy rather than deep reform. 

Finance is No Longer the Darling Career in Xi Jinping’s New Economic Order

Finance is No Longer the Darling Career in Xi Jinping’s New Economic Order

By Lizzi C. Lee
As China shifts its focus from finance to technology, the ripple effects are profound and far-reaching. 
China and 22 Arab Countries Reach Consensus on Gaza Ceasefire and Further Cooperation

China and 22 Arab Countries Reach Consensus on Gaza Ceasefire and Further Cooperation

By Nick Carraway
China is one of the few geopolitically prominent countries that has managed to maintain good relations with Israel, Palestine, and the wider Muslim world. 

The Manner Coffee Case: Trending Terms, Income Inequality, and China’s Private Sector

The Manner Coffee Case: Trending Terms, Income Inequality, and China’s Private Sector

By Gavin Hsu
A recent Baidu trending search term reveals Beijing’s continued efforts to suppress the private sector.

Is $20 Billion by 2030 Realistic? Evaluating China-Africa Agricultural Trade Ambitions

Is $20 Billion by 2030 Realistic? Evaluating China-Africa Agricultural Trade Ambitions

By Sena Voncujovi
Achieving the target requires more than doubling the current $9 billion in agricultural exports from Africa to China. This is ambitious, but attainable with strategic efforts. 

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

What Did Chinese Analysts Think of the Kim-Putin Summit in Pyongyang?

What Did Chinese Analysts Think of the Kim-Putin Summit in Pyongyang?

By Hemant Adlakha
Commentators in China have very different takeaways from the Kim-Putin embrace in Pyongyang than their counterparts in the U.S.

Taiwan Raises Alert Level for Travel to China After New Legal Guidelines Targeting ‘Taiwan Independence’

Taiwan Raises Alert Level for Travel to China After New Legal Guidelines Targeting ‘Taiwan Independence’

By Brian Hioe
The warning came amid signs that China might widen the scope of its legal pressure to include ordinary Taiwanese citizens.
How Is Huawei Growing, Despite Heavy US Sanctions?

How Is Huawei Growing, Despite Heavy US Sanctions?

By Megha Shrivastava
Huawei seems to be pivoting toward expanding its product portfolio and venturing into areas that could challenge the United States’ dominance in the global ICT industry.

Decoding Taiwan’s True AI Potential

Decoding Taiwan’s True AI Potential

By Kai-Shen Huang and Hsin-Ta Tsai
Despite its substantial contributions to the global AI ecosystem, Taiwan is often left out of global assessments and reports by the U.N. and other international organizations.

4 Ways China Gets Around US AI Chip Restrictions

4 Ways China Gets Around US AI Chip Restrictions

By Che-Jen Wang
Chinese companies have found loopholes allowing them access to technologies the Biden administration has tried to fence off.

Censorship Is No Solution to China’s Public Safety Problem

Censorship Is No Solution to China’s Public Safety Problem

By Yaqiu Wang
Information about a recent spate of knife attacks has been suppressed, leading to anger and speculation.
US Ambassador Calls China’s Tech Support for Russia During Ukraine Invasion a ‘Major Mistake’

US Ambassador Calls China’s Tech Support for Russia During Ukraine Invasion a ‘Major Mistake’

By Associated Press
China "is not neutral, but has effectively sided with Russia in this war," U.S. Ambassador to Beijing Nicholas Burns said this week.

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