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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.

Forging the ‘New Era’: The Temporal Politics of Xi Jinping
October 01, 2022

Forging the ‘New Era’: The Temporal Politics of Xi Jinping

By Hugo Jones
The “new era” – connoting a fundamental historical shift – has been systematically fused with the persona of Xi in Chinese official discourse.

Can the Chinese Communist Party Congress Surprise Us?
September 30, 2022

Can the Chinese Communist Party Congress Surprise Us?

By Bonnie Girard
Surprises are possible at the CCP’s most scripted event – but this year, any hopes for an “October surprise” are wishful thinking.
Taiwan, And The World, Needs To Worry About the Western Disinterest In Protecting It
September 30, 2022

Taiwan, And The World, Needs To Worry About the Western Disinterest In Protecting It

By David Hutt
Western publics appear to have little appetite for direct involvement in a future Taiwan Strait crisis.

Resentment Is Rising Against China’s ‘Zero-COVID’ Policies
September 29, 2022

Resentment Is Rising Against China’s ‘Zero-COVID’ Policies

By Connie Mei Pickart
Public support is waning amid the new phase of heavy-handed enforcement.

Former Top Graft Buster at China’s Intelligence Ministry Indicted on Bribery Charges
September 29, 2022

Former Top Graft Buster at China’s Intelligence Ministry Indicted on Bribery Charges

By Associated Press
Liu Yanping is the latest in a series of high-level officials to fall before the upcoming Party Congress.

Containing China’s Maritime Power: A Question of Capability and Intent
September 28, 2022

Containing China’s Maritime Power: A Question of Capability and Intent

By Paul D. Scott and Mark S. Cogan
China’s foreign policy assertiveness and the posturing of “wolf warrior diplomacy” have generated serious concerns about Beijing's intentions – especially at sea.

Hong Kong to End Mandatory Hotel Quarantine for Travelers
September 24, 2022

Hong Kong to End Mandatory Hotel Quarantine for Travelers

By Zen Soo
Hong Kong has mostly aligned with China’s “zero-COVID” strategy. Now Chief Executive John Lee says the city must provide “maximum room” for “connectivity with the world.”
How China’s Extreme Weather Summer Is Affecting Its Security
September 23, 2022

How China’s Extreme Weather Summer Is Affecting Its Security

By Genevieve Donnellon-May and Zhang Hongzhou
Climate shocks are impacting China’s energy, water, and food security ambitions.

China’s Public Opinion Is Shifting Away From Russia
September 21, 2022

China’s Public Opinion Is Shifting Away From Russia

By Mu Chunshan
Anyone relying only on official pronouncements and the state media may have missed that Chinese public opinion is turning against Russia – and toward Ukraine – as the war drags on.

China Quarantine Bus Crash Prompts Outcry Over ‘Zero COVID’
September 20, 2022

China Quarantine Bus Crash Prompts Outcry Over ‘Zero COVID’

By Huizhong Wu
A bus carrying people to a quarantine center overturned, killing 27. The tragedy sparked a new wave of anger about China’s strict COVID policies.

Powering China’s Nuclear Ambitions
September 20, 2022

Powering China’s Nuclear Ambitions

By Genevieve Donnellon-May
Xi’s trip to Kazakhstan – the world's largest uranium exporter – is another step forward in Beijing’s plans to scale up its nuclear energy sector.
Mounting Problems Threaten to Dampen Xi’s Congress Victory
September 17, 2022

Mounting Problems Threaten to Dampen Xi’s Congress Victory

By Dan Macklin
China’s leader faces a litany of domestic and international challenges that are creating a gloomy backdrop to his anticipated reselection.

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