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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 Realist Underpinnings of China’s Taiwan Strategy
August 13, 2022

The Realist Underpinnings of China’s Taiwan Strategy

By Corey Lee Bell
Yes, “reunification” is a matter of national pride and prestige for China. But isolating Taiwan also serves a critical strategic function – and that helps explain Beijing’s response to Pelosi’s visit.

Hong Kongers in Exile Fight for Their Truth – and Ukrainians 
August 12, 2022

Hong Kongers in Exile Fight for Their Truth – and Ukrainians 

By Allia Bukhari
Hong Kongers say both communities share a common struggle to defend democracy and freedom in Asia and Europe respectively.
Xi, Henan, and China’s Growing Financial Crisis
August 11, 2022

Xi, Henan, and China’s Growing Financial Crisis

By Ahana Roy and Siddhant Nair
Recent protests in Henan underscored the risks facing China's banks as the real estate sector continues to struggle.

China’s New White Paper Lays out Vision for Post ‘Reunification’ Taiwan
August 11, 2022

China’s New White Paper Lays out Vision for Post ‘Reunification’ Taiwan

By Shannon Tiezzi
For the first time, Beijing leaves open the possibility of an extended military occupation after unification, adding to fears that Taiwanese would be subject to a “re-education” campaign.

China’s Low-Growth Zero-COVID Policy Signals Transition Away From Reform Period
August 08, 2022

China’s Low-Growth Zero-COVID Policy Signals Transition Away From Reform Period

By Sara Hsu
China’s days of encouraging economic growth at any cost are over.

China Suspends Military Dialogues, Climate Change Talks With US
August 05, 2022

China Suspends Military Dialogues, Climate Change Talks With US

By Shannon Tiezzi
China's new diplomatic “countermeasures” to Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan strike at the Biden administration's priority areas for the relationship.

China Stresses Ties With Southeast Asia in Cambodia Meeting
August 05, 2022

China Stresses Ties With Southeast Asia in Cambodia Meeting

By David Rising
Foreign Minister Wang Yi's comments came against a backdrop of high regional tensions, following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.
From Cambodia, China’s Foreign Minister Seeks Rhetorical Support on Taiwan Crisis
August 05, 2022

From Cambodia, China’s Foreign Minister Seeks Rhetorical Support on Taiwan Crisis

By Shannon Tiezzi
Wang Yi's meetings in Cambodia, on the sidelines of ASEAN summitry, are being used to drum up support for China's aggressive response to Pelosi's Taiwan visit.

Pelosi Lands in Taiwan; China Announces Fighter Flights, Firing Drills
August 03, 2022

Pelosi Lands in Taiwan; China Announces Fighter Flights, Firing Drills

By Shannon Tiezzi
The U.S. House speaker’s long-reported trip to Taiwan has begun. In response, China announced upcoming military drills surrounding the island.

Understanding China’s Role in Sri Lanka’s Debt Restructuring Efforts
August 02, 2022

Understanding China’s Role in Sri Lanka’s Debt Restructuring Efforts

By Aquilah Latiff and Anushka Wijesinha
China's general approach to debt distress is to seek bespoke negotiations and preferential treatment – something that Sri Lanka must avoid at all costs.

Lithography: The Achilles’ Heel of China’s Semiconductor Industry?
August 01, 2022

Lithography: The Achilles’ Heel of China’s Semiconductor Industry?

By Justin Feng
Dependence on foreign lithography equipment emerges as a growing liability for Chinese chipmakers in the face of intensifying U.S.-led export controls.
UN Human Rights Committee Criticizes Rulings of Hong Kong’s Top Court
July 29, 2022

UN Human Rights Committee Criticizes Rulings of Hong Kong’s Top Court

By Eric Lai
The Committee’s call to repeal the National Security Law got the most press, but its criticism of the Court of Final Appeal is also important.

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