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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.

After an Unpredictable Year, Chinese See a Brighter Post-COVID Future 
January 26, 2023

After an Unpredictable Year, Chinese See a Brighter Post-COVID Future 

By John Van Fleet
There is a palpable sense of relief in China now that the days of zero COVID are over.

Asia Travel Hotspots Quiet as Chinese Tourists Stay Away
January 25, 2023

Asia Travel Hotspots Quiet as Chinese Tourists Stay Away

By Tassanee Vejpongsa and Elaine Kurtenbach
Bali and Chiang Mai are the busiest they have been since the pandemic struck three years ago, but they're still relatively quiet.
Beyond Oil: A New Phase in China-Middle East Engagement
January 25, 2023

Beyond Oil: A New Phase in China-Middle East Engagement

By Nurettin Akcay
Yes, the oil trade is a major factor. But China’s eagerness to also invest in technology, renewable energy, and infrastructure is driving the next phase of cooperation.

Amid Signs of Softer Foreign Policy Tone, Is China About to Shift Its Russia Policy?
January 24, 2023

Amid Signs of Softer Foreign Policy Tone, Is China About to Shift Its Russia Policy?

By Joseph Webster
There is little evidence that Beijing’s quasi-apology tour in Europe and other Western capitals will yield any significant concessions over Ukraine.

What the US Gets Wrong About Taiwan and Deterrence
January 23, 2023

What the US Gets Wrong About Taiwan and Deterrence

By Michael D. Swaine
Rather than preventing a war with China over Taiwan, a policy centered on military deterrence could spark one.

The International Effect of Taiwan’s Local Elections
January 21, 2023

The International Effect of Taiwan’s Local Elections

By Hippolyte Cailleteau
Taiwan’s local officials can, and often do, set their own course with regards to China and other countries.

Taiwan’s Diplomatic Crossroads
January 19, 2023

Taiwan’s Diplomatic Crossroads

By Wang Linbin
Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in August 2022 provoked a flurry of visitors from liberal democracies. Will Taiwan prioritize these countries over its formal diplomatic allies?  
US, Chinese Officials Discuss Climate, Economy Ahead of World Economic Forum
January 19, 2023

US, Chinese Officials Discuss Climate, Economy Ahead of World Economic Forum

By Fatima Hussein
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen held her first face-to-face meeting with outgoing Vice Premier Liu He in Zurich.

Why Taiwan’s Main Opposition Party Can’t Shake Its Pro-China Stance
January 18, 2023

Why Taiwan’s Main Opposition Party Can’t Shake Its Pro-China Stance

By Chieh Yen
The KMT’s structure keeps it beholden to a group that is increasingly out of step with Taiwan’s general population on China and unification. 

China Reports 60,000 COVID-related Deaths
January 18, 2023

China Reports 60,000 COVID-related Deaths

By Joe McDonald
Those numbers may still underestimate the toll, though the government said the "emergency peak" of its latest surge appears to have passed.

Mongolia, China Look to Bolster Economic Activities in the Post-COVID Era
January 18, 2023

Mongolia, China Look to Bolster Economic Activities in the Post-COVID Era

By Bolor Lkhaajav
The end of China's zero COVID policies will allow Ulaanbaatar and Beijing to accelerate the pledges made during President Khurelsukh’s November visit to China.
China Records 1st Population Fall in Decades as Births Drop
January 17, 2023

China Records 1st Population Fall in Decades as Births Drop

By Ken Moritsugu
China's population has begun to decline about a decade earlier than previously expected.

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