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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.

China’s ‘Secret Weapon’ Against COVID-19 Won’t Work for Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery
October 30, 2020

China’s ‘Secret Weapon’ Against COVID-19 Won’t Work for Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery

By Zhuoran Li
The CCP was able to mobile its people to fight COVID-19. It's having a harder time convincing Chinese to spend money.

China’s Fifth Plenum: What You Need to Know
October 29, 2020

China’s Fifth Plenum: What You Need to Know

By Shannon Tiezzi
China's leaders issued a blueprint for the next five years - and beyond. Below, the highlights.
China Shows Signs of Cracking Down on ‘Silk Road’ Crime
October 29, 2020

China Shows Signs of Cracking Down on ‘Silk Road’ Crime

By Sebastian Strangio
The bizarre story of She Zhijiang, who ran a Southeast Asian casino empire while a fugitive from the law in China, demonstrates the limits of Chinese power.

What Happens to the CCP If China’s Economic Growth Falters?
October 29, 2020

What Happens to the CCP If China’s Economic Growth Falters?

By Alexis Leggeri
Thanks to a rapid build-up in its domestic security capacity, the Party has the ability to substitute hard control for economic legitimacy.

Reading the Soy Leaves: What Soybean Imports Say About China’s 2020 US Election Preferences
October 28, 2020

Reading the Soy Leaves: What Soybean Imports Say About China’s 2020 US Election Preferences

By Elizabeth Wishnick
China is well aware of the political implications of how it handles agricultural imports from the U.S. – in this case, soybeans.

China Retaliates With More Restrictions on US Media
October 27, 2020

China Retaliates With More Restrictions on US Media

By Eleanor Albert
After the U.S. added new restrictions on 6 Chinese media organizations, China followed suit.

China’s Leaders Focus on Tech as They Make 5-Year Economic Plan
October 27, 2020

China’s Leaders Focus on Tech as They Make 5-Year Economic Plan

By Associated Press
Self-reliance, especially amid the growing U.S.-China tech war, is a key theme of the CCP gathering currently underway.
The Next 4 Steps in Hong Kong’s March Toward Totalitarianism
October 27, 2020

The Next 4 Steps in Hong Kong’s March Toward Totalitarianism

By Simon Shen
The worst is yet to come for the city. Here are four warning signs to watch for.

In Korean War Commemoration, Xi Warns That China Will ‘Use War to Prevent War’
October 24, 2020

In Korean War Commemoration, Xi Warns That China Will ‘Use War to Prevent War’

By Shannon Tiezzi
Xi Jinping extolled China's victory in the War to Resist American Aggression -- and sent a very clear warning to the U.S.

China and Cameroon’s Evolving Political and Military Cooperation
October 24, 2020

China and Cameroon’s Evolving Political and Military Cooperation

By R. Maxwell Bone
Since 1971, China-Cameroon ties have gone from largely symbolic to deep defense and political cooperation.

Did China Join COVAX to Counter or Promote Vaccine Nationalism?
October 23, 2020

Did China Join COVAX to Counter or Promote Vaccine Nationalism?

By Hemant Adlakha
China has finally announced its membership in the WHO’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution alliance. What took so long?
Vatican, China Extend Bishop Agreement Over US Opposition
October 23, 2020

Vatican, China Extend Bishop Agreement Over US Opposition

By Associated Press
The Vatican renewed a 2018 pact on selecting China-based bishops, despite rising concerns over religious freedom in China.

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