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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-Taiwan Boat Collision Near Kinmen Continues to Reverberate in Taiwanese Politics

China-Taiwan Boat Collision Near Kinmen Continues to Reverberate in Taiwanese Politics

By Brian Hioe
It’s an early test case of the new dynamics of power between the KMT and the DPP, and the impact on cross-strait relations. 

China’s Shuttle Diplomacy With Ukraine and Russia: All Symbol, No Substance

China’s Shuttle Diplomacy With Ukraine and Russia: All Symbol, No Substance

By Rakshith Shetty
Despite its second round of shuttle diplomacy, China remains hesitant to engage fully in genuine negotiations at this stage.
China Targets Overseas Social Media Influencers in Its Latest Transnational Repression Scheme

China Targets Overseas Social Media Influencers in Its Latest Transnational Repression Scheme

By Chauncey Jung
In a break from its past censorship strategies, China is now attempting to expand its circle of influence beyond its own borders. 

China and Japan: What’s in a Term?

China and Japan: What’s in a Term?

By KAWASHIMA Shin
A “Mutually Beneficial Relationship Based on Common Strategic Interests” makes a comeback.

Hong Kong’s Article 23 Legislation Is Another Step Toward Authoritarian Rule

Hong Kong’s Article 23 Legislation Is Another Step Toward Authoritarian Rule

By Christopher Siu-tat Mung
The proposed bill would go even further than the National Security Law in restricting political freedoms and civil society. 

2 Chinese Bloggers in Exile Warn That Police Are Interrogating Their Followers

2 Chinese Bloggers in Exile Warn That Police Are Interrogating Their Followers

By Dake Kang and Huizhong Wu
Wang Zhi’an and Li Ying said in separate posts that Chinese police were interrogating people who followed them on social media, and urged followers to take precautions.

The Precarious State of the Nordic Countries’ One China Policy

The Precarious State of the Nordic Countries’ One China Policy

By Andreas B. Forsby
A new report shows how the Nordic countries have adopted an increasingly defensive approach to Taiwan in the face of Beijing’s assertive imposition of its One China principle.
China’s Influence in the Middle East and Its Limitations

China’s Influence in the Middle East and Its Limitations

By Dale Aluf
China’s formidable capabilities are tempered by equally formidable constraints.

Russia-Ukraine War: China’s Vanishing Neutrality

Russia-Ukraine War: China’s Vanishing Neutrality

By Pierre-Marie Meunier
Full Chinese logistical support for Russia could be the real game changer of the war – and that support is growing more important and less discreet.

China’s Security Engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean

China’s Security Engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean

By R. Evan Ellis
An overview of the characteristics and trends in China’s security engagement in the region, and how it is evolving.

Online Dump of Chinese Hacking Documents Offers Rare Window Into Pervasive State Surveillance

Online Dump of Chinese Hacking Documents Offers Rare Window Into Pervasive State Surveillance

By Frank Bajak and Dake Kang
The documents, purportedly from the private security firm I-Soon, discuss hacking activity and tools to spy on both Chinese and foreigners.
Why China Doesn’t Have an Opposition Leader Like Navalny

Why China Doesn’t Have an Opposition Leader Like Navalny

By Yaqiu Wang
The popular Russian opposition leader has died in prison, but even his tragic career would have been impossible in China.

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