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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 Wants 10 Pacific Nations to Sign a Major Cooperation Agreement
May 26, 2022

China Wants 10 Pacific Nations to Sign a Major Cooperation Agreement

By Nick Perry
Micronesia’s president called the draft sent out by Beijing “the single most game-changing proposed agreement in the Pacific in any of our lifetimes.”

Xinjiang Police Files Show Xi Jinping’s Personal Involvement in Uyghur Persecution
May 25, 2022

Xinjiang Police Files Show Xi Jinping’s Personal Involvement in Uyghur Persecution

By Bonnie Girard
The files, in addition to adding to a mountain of evidence of the abuse and detention of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, include previously secret speeches tying the oppression directly to the top.
China Claims Sabotage as UN Rights Official Visits Xinjiang
May 25, 2022

China Claims Sabotage as UN Rights Official Visits Xinjiang

By Associated Press
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is in China, the first such trip since 2005, to investigate abuses against Muslim minorities.

Is Shanghai’s Lockdown Over?
May 23, 2022

Is Shanghai’s Lockdown Over?

By John Darwin Van Fleet
Not yet – it’s still life in limbo for many of Shanghai’s residents.

Warning Signs in China’s Economic Outlook as COVID-19 Spreads
May 20, 2022

Warning Signs in China’s Economic Outlook as COVID-19 Spreads

By He Jun
Signs of economic downturns in Shanghai and Guangdong are especially troubling, considering the outsized role they play in China’s overall economy.

Taiwan’s Quest to Attend the World Health Assembly
May 18, 2022

Taiwan’s Quest to Attend the World Health Assembly

By Brian Hioe
Support for Taiwan's international participation has never been higher, but still hasn't moved the needle at the World Health Organization.

China’s Censors Aim to Contain Dissent During Harsh COVID-19 Lockdowns
May 18, 2022

China’s Censors Aim to Contain Dissent During Harsh COVID-19 Lockdowns

By Sarah Cook
Top doctors have been among those silenced for urging a shift away from China's draconian pandemic control strategy.
Understanding the Extent (and Limits) of Chinese Public Support for Russia
May 17, 2022

Understanding the Extent (and Limits) of Chinese Public Support for Russia

By Brian Wong
The Chinese public is overwhelmingly on Russia's side amid the invasion of Ukraine, but there is little appetite for China to play an active role.

Taiwan Fights for Its Diplomatic Survival in Latin America
May 16, 2022

Taiwan Fights for Its Diplomatic Survival in Latin America

By Patricio Giusto and Juan Manuel Harán
How long will the region’s smaller, cash-strapped countries be able to remain aligned with Taipei?  

How Long Can Xi Prioritize ‘Zero COVID’ over the Economy?
May 14, 2022

How Long Can Xi Prioritize ‘Zero COVID’ over the Economy?

By Dan Macklin
Past precedent suggests the Chinese leader is willing to deprioritize growth to focus on more urgent goals, but only as long as he is supported by a sufficient economic cushion.

Why the Soviet Union’s 20th Party Congress Continues to Haunt China
May 14, 2022

Why the Soviet Union’s 20th Party Congress Continues to Haunt China

By Zhenze Huang
A lesson from 1956 continues to affect China’s understanding of political security -- especially as the CCP's own 20th Congress draws near.
Latin America’s Choice and the Cross-strait Diplomatic Battle
May 13, 2022

Latin America’s Choice and the Cross-strait Diplomatic Battle

By Wang Linbin and Lee Jonghyuk
Latin America and the Caribbean is home to eight of Taiwan's 14 remaining diplomatic allies. As China's influence in the region expands, can Taiwan keep its partners?

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