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China Power

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.

Chinese Academics Are Still Bullish on China-UK Relations
May 18, 2021

Chinese Academics Are Still Bullish on China-UK Relations

By Thomas des Garets Geddes
Chinese scholars and think tanks are holding to cautious optimism, despite the recent souring in relations.

Taiwan Ordered to Address Forced Labor on Its Fishing Vessels
May 18, 2021

Taiwan Ordered to Address Forced Labor on Its Fishing Vessels

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan’s government has long resisted calls to address systemic labor abuse on its fishing boats, but it is now facing pressure from within.
Do China and Vietnam Have Similar Alliance Policies?
May 18, 2021

Do China and Vietnam Have Similar Alliance Policies?

By Khang Vu
Despite obvious areas of friction between China and Vietnam, their alliance policies are more similar than is often acknowledged.

China Urges US to Play Constructive Role in Gaza Diplomacy
May 18, 2021

China Urges US to Play Constructive Role in Gaza Diplomacy

By Associated Press
China’s Foreign Ministry accused Washington of preventing U.N. Security Council action on the crisis in Gaza.

Why Hong Kong’s Democrats Should Still Run in Legislative Council Elections
May 18, 2021

Why Hong Kong’s Democrats Should Still Run in Legislative Council Elections

By Brian Wong
Despite the rocky road ahead, Hong Kong’s opposition politicians must not give up on the political arena.

Colombia: China’s New Amigo?
May 14, 2021

Colombia: China’s New Amigo?

By David Castrillon
As Colombia grows closer to China, will it end up giving the U.S. a cold shoulder?

Hong Kong’s Vaccination Drive Leaves Out Refugees
May 14, 2021

Hong Kong’s Vaccination Drive Leaves Out Refugees

By Jessie Lau
Hong Kong is one of the easiest places in the world to get a vaccine and access to public health services. Unless you’re a refugee, that is.
Death of Student in China Triggers Questions, Protests
May 14, 2021

Death of Student in China Triggers Questions, Protests

By Huizhong Wu
A student’s death and his mother’s online posts have stirred controversy and questions. 

China’s Population Is Peaking 
May 13, 2021

China’s Population Is Peaking 

By Eleanor Albert
The marginal growth announced by Beijing suggests China’s population is near its peak.

Drop in Xinjiang Birthrate Largest in Recent History: Report
May 13, 2021

Drop in Xinjiang Birthrate Largest in Recent History: Report

By Dake Kang
Experts note that the tightening birth control measures must be understood in the broader context of fear that's pervasive among Xinjiang's minorities.

Taiwan Catches Two Chinese Nationals Arriving by Dinghy
May 08, 2021

Taiwan Catches Two Chinese Nationals Arriving by Dinghy

By Nick Aspinwall
At least one Chinese national said he had fled to Taiwan in search of “freedom and democracy,” raising questions about border security and refugee laws.
How Chinese Fans Enforce Chinese Nationalism on the World
May 08, 2021

How Chinese Fans Enforce Chinese Nationalism on the World

By Siru Chen
Chinese fans are quick to call out idols for crossing political red lines -- and those norms are being internalized in the global pop culture industry.

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