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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.

Behind Legislators’ Push to Make PRC National Day a New York State Holiday
December 04, 2021

Behind Legislators’ Push to Make PRC National Day a New York State Holiday

By Flora Yan
Even amid sky-high China-U.S. tensions, there is an ongoing bid to make October 1 a public holiday -- "China Day" -- in New York state.

Amid Tensions With Turkey, China Is Putting the Kurdish Issue in Play
December 04, 2021

Amid Tensions With Turkey, China Is Putting the Kurdish Issue in Play

By Nurettin Akcay
Responding to Turkey's stepped up rhetoric on Uyghurs, Beijing is taking aim at an ethnic issue sensitive to Ankara.
What Chinese Dams in Laos Tell Us About the Belt and Road Initiative
December 03, 2021

What Chinese Dams in Laos Tell Us About the Belt and Road Initiative

By Phillip Guerreiro
Analyzing Chinese dams in Laos provides insight into the local origins and drivers of the BRI, particularly along China’s borderland regions.

WTA Pulls Its Tournaments From China Over Concerns for Peng Shuai
December 03, 2021

WTA Pulls Its Tournaments From China Over Concerns for Peng Shuai

By Howard Fendrich
The Women’s Tennis Association said it would not conduct business in China until it was satisfied that Peng was “truly safe and free” and her accusation of sexual assault was being investigated.

Domestic Abuse Incident Highlights Taiwan’s Struggles With Misogyny
December 02, 2021

Domestic Abuse Incident Highlights Taiwan’s Struggles With Misogyny

By Brian Hioe
High-profile politician Kao Chia-yu revealed she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, sparking sympathy from some and cynical political attacks from others.

‘China Day’ in New York: A Case Study in United Front Work
December 02, 2021

‘China Day’ in New York: A Case Study in United Front Work

By Flora Yan
How United Front organizations worked to advance the CCP’s political agenda in the New York State Legislature, especially at a time of strained China-U.S. relations.

Despite Xi’s Pledge, China Is Financing Coal Power Plants in Bosnia and Herzegovina
November 30, 2021

Despite Xi’s Pledge, China Is Financing Coal Power Plants in Bosnia and Herzegovina

By Wawa Wang and Nils Resare
Despite a pledge to stop financing coal power abroad, overseas coal power plants financed by Chinese banks and state-owned enterprises are still moving forward - including in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Are African Governments Expecting Too Much From FOCAC?
November 29, 2021

Are African Governments Expecting Too Much From FOCAC?

By Lauren Ashmore
The case of Africa’s agricultural exports to China highlights the progress made through FOCAC agreements -- and the road still left to travel.

China’s Subnational Influence at Work in the New York State Legislature
November 29, 2021

China’s Subnational Influence at Work in the New York State Legislature

By Flora Yan
The New York State Legislature has developed a special relationship with Beijing.

Where Is the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Headed Next?
November 24, 2021

Where Is the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Headed Next?

By Njumbe Smith
As FOCAC gears up for its eighth session, a look at its development so far and future trajectory.

China’s Quest for Greater ‘Discourse Power’
November 24, 2021

China’s Quest for Greater ‘Discourse Power’

By Hugo Jones
Distinct from general soft power, China’s discourse power – the ability to set and shape global narratives – is quietly on the rise.
The Quiet China-Africa Revolution: Chinese Investment
November 22, 2021

The Quiet China-Africa Revolution: Chinese Investment

By Yike Fu
While loans take the lion’s share of the focus, Chinese FDI in Africa has also been growing at a rapid clip.

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