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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.

Decoding Xi Jinping’s ‘Asia Pacific Community With a Shared Future’
December 09, 2022

Decoding Xi Jinping’s ‘Asia Pacific Community With a Shared Future’

By Marina Yue Zhang
Against the U.S. decoupling push, Xi envisions a hub-and-spokes model of a distributed supply chain network – with China as the “hub.” 

Explaining the Unthinkable: How the Protest Movement in China Took Place
December 08, 2022

Explaining the Unthinkable: How the Protest Movement in China Took Place

By Xiaoyu Lu
The authorities could not decide on a clear judgement against a highly fragmented and divided movement. In the space of that hesitation, the public turned the once unthinkable to the art of possible.
China Begins Implementing Relaxed COVID Control Measures
December 08, 2022

China Begins Implementing Relaxed COVID Control Measures

By Associated Press
The National Health Commission scrapped many of China's most stringent anti-pandemic regulations, including routine, mandatory PCR testing.

China’s Xi Heads to Saudi Arabia to Boost Beijing’s Influence in the Middle East
December 07, 2022

China’s Xi Heads to Saudi Arabia to Boost Beijing’s Influence in the Middle East

By Shannon Tiezzi
Xi Jinping will attend the first China-Arab States summit as both sides see an opportunity to advance relations. 

China’s Information Problems Are Only Getting Worse
December 07, 2022

China’s Information Problems Are Only Getting Worse

By Eduardo Jaramillo
Xi’s insistence on personal loyalty risks a climate of sycophancy and rigid unanimity in the ranks of China’s top leaders.

Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Says China Unrest Won’t Alter Regime
December 07, 2022

Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Says China Unrest Won’t Alter Regime

By Barry Hatton
The recent unrest in several Chinese cities is “a big deal,” Ai acknowledges. But he calls for “realistic thinking” about the protests.

Jiang Zemin Hailed by China’s Top Leaders in Memorial Service
December 06, 2022

Jiang Zemin Hailed by China’s Top Leaders in Memorial Service

By Associated Press
Current Communist Party leader Xi Jinping praised Jiang in an hour-long address at Beijing's Great Hall of the People.
Taiwan Watches China’s ‘White Paper’ Protests
December 06, 2022

Taiwan Watches China’s ‘White Paper’ Protests

By Brian Hioe
Taiwanese groups organized a series of vigils supporting the protests that broke out in China in late November.

China’s Prominent Role in the 2022 Qatar World Cup
December 05, 2022

China’s Prominent Role in the 2022 Qatar World Cup

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Yeta Purnama
Despite not qualifying for the festival of football, the country has left a deep impression on the tournament in Qatar.

‘Don’t Say Gay’ Is Happening in China Too. But It Can’t Turn Back the Clock. 
December 03, 2022

‘Don’t Say Gay’ Is Happening in China Too. But It Can’t Turn Back the Clock. 

By Zhijun Hu
Despite the many differences between the United States and China, anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in each follows a similar logic.

Jiang Zemin’s Mixed Legacy
December 02, 2022

Jiang Zemin’s Mixed Legacy

By Zhiqun Zhu
One can attribute many of China’s current achievements and problems to policies initiated during Jiang’s tenure. 
Jiang Zemin’s Foreign Policy Legacy Has Died With Him
December 01, 2022

Jiang Zemin’s Foreign Policy Legacy Has Died With Him

By Denny Roy
Many Chinese associate the late Jiang with an era seen as brighter and more hopeful than the literal and figurative lockdown Xi has brought upon China.

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