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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.

Why Is China Detaining More Foreigners?
November 12, 2019

Why Is China Detaining More Foreigners?

By Shin Kawashima
A disturbing new trend emerges.

Taiwan Rebukes Beijing’s New 26 Measures for Cross-Strait Exchanges
November 09, 2019

Taiwan Rebukes Beijing’s New 26 Measures for Cross-Strait Exchanges

By Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan’s ruling DPP rejected China’s offer of incentives to Taiwanese nationals, while the opposition KMT welcomed the move.
Hukous: Being Illegal in One’s Own Country
November 08, 2019

Hukous: Being Illegal in One’s Own Country

By Bonnie Girard
China’s hukou system is getting worse, not better.

Cooperation, Co-existence or Clash? China and Russia’s Ambitions in Central Asia
November 08, 2019

Cooperation, Co-existence or Clash? China and Russia’s Ambitions in Central Asia

By Benno Zogg
The two powers’ approaches to Central Asia may be a good indicator of their current partnership and future relations.

China Hosts Second CIIE, Globalization Remains Core Message 
November 07, 2019

China Hosts Second CIIE, Globalization Remains Core Message 

By Eleanor Albert
China is once again broadcasting a message of openness at its now-annual import expo.

Pro-Beijing Lawmaker in Hong Kong Stabbed While Campaigning
November 07, 2019

Pro-Beijing Lawmaker in Hong Kong Stabbed While Campaigning

By Associated Press
Junius Ho is the latest to fall victim to politically-motivated violence in Hong Kong.

Xi-Modi Summit: ‘The Chennai (Dis) Connect’
November 06, 2019

Xi-Modi Summit: ‘The Chennai (Dis) Connect’

By Antara Ghosal Singh
The Chennai summit served to highlight key differences in China and India’s approaches to pressing issues.
China and the Military World Games 
November 04, 2019

China and the Military World Games 

By Eleanor Albert
As China lauds the success of the 2019 games in Wuhan, let's look at why Beijing is interested in such events at all.

Why China’s PLA Will Not Replace the Americans in the Middle East
November 01, 2019

Why China’s PLA Will Not Replace the Americans in the Middle East

By Christopher K. Colley
Even in the event of an American withdrawal from the region, China is unlikely to fill this possible void.

China May Be More Assertive, But Is It Really Ready to Lead?
November 01, 2019

China May Be More Assertive, But Is It Really Ready to Lead?

By Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
The time of “hiding and biding” is over, but is China ready for the burdens of global leadership?

The US-China Clash Is Here to Stay
November 01, 2019

The US-China Clash Is Here to Stay

By Shannon Tiezzi
A recent speech from Secretary of State Pompeo makes clears that a trade deal won't be enough to solve the growing tensions.
Rival Camps Clash Over Xinjiang at UN Committee Session
October 31, 2019

Rival Camps Clash Over Xinjiang at UN Committee Session

By Shannon Tiezzi
Once again, the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is the site of dueling narratives on the Xinjiang crackdown.

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