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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.

Hong Kong’s Activists in Exile
April 13, 2021

Hong Kong’s Activists in Exile

By The Diplomat staff
From Nathan Law to Ted Hui, a growing number of pro-democracy figures are choosing life overseas amid a widening crackdown at home.

China’s Digital Silk Road and the Global Digital Order
April 13, 2021

China’s Digital Silk Road and the Global Digital Order

By Richard Ghiasy and Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy
China’s Digital Silk Road is an ambitious vision to catalyze global digitalization. What will it mean for digital governance?
Zhao Kezhi’s Legacy Could Define China’s Regional Security Paradigm
April 12, 2021

Zhao Kezhi’s Legacy Could Define China’s Regional Security Paradigm

By Tristan Kenderdine
The 20th Party Congress will mark the end of Zhao’s CCP career, but his internal affairs policy will continue.

Taiwan Picks Up the Pieces in Aftermath of Deadly Train Crash
April 09, 2021

Taiwan Picks Up the Pieces in Aftermath of Deadly Train Crash

By Nick Aspinwall
Authorities are investigating after a crane truck slid and fell in front of a passenger train, leading to a crash that killed 50 people.

The Hidden Motive of China’s Zero Emissions Pledge: Energy Security
April 09, 2021

The Hidden Motive of China’s Zero Emissions Pledge: Energy Security

By Chan Kung and He Jun
China’s embrace of electric vehicles and the hydrogen economy is also about reducing its reliance on foreign energy sources.

Kidnappings Plague Chinese Worksites in Nigeria
April 09, 2021

Kidnappings Plague Chinese Worksites in Nigeria

By Shannon Tiezzi
Two Chinese workers were abducted this week, at least the third such incident this year.

China’s Hard and Soft Lines on Xinjiang
April 08, 2021

China’s Hard and Soft Lines on Xinjiang

By Eleanor Albert
Beijing's softer messaging efforts on Xinjiang collide with its harsher tactics at home and abroad.
2022 Watch: Chen Yixin Likely to Become China’s Internal Security Commissar
April 07, 2021

2022 Watch: Chen Yixin Likely to Become China’s Internal Security Commissar

By Tristan Kenderdine
Chen, the head of Xi’s rectification campaign, is likely to ascend through a restrengthened Politics and Legal Affairs Commission.

Is the China-Japan Thaw Over?
April 07, 2021

Is the China-Japan Thaw Over?

By Shannon Tiezzi
A year after what was supposed to be a landmark in the renewed relationship, rhetoric from both Beijing and Tokyo is increasingly frosty.

Chinese Alien-Hunting Telescope Now Open to Foreign Scientists
April 03, 2021

Chinese Alien-Hunting Telescope Now Open to Foreign Scientists

By Abhijnan Rej
However, to what extent American astronomers would be willing or able to use FAST remains unknown.

51 Dead in Taiwan’s Deadliest Train Accident
April 03, 2021

51 Dead in Taiwan’s Deadliest Train Accident

By Ralph Jennings and Johnson Lai
A train hit a truck that slid onto the track in Hualien county, leaving over 50 dead and more than 100 injured.
China Is Changing Serbia From the Inside
April 03, 2021

China Is Changing Serbia From the Inside

By Wawa Wang and Nils Resare
The gradual weakening of legal requirements for Chinese investments in Serbia is of real concern.

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