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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.

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Another News Site Shuts in Hong Kong
January 03, 2022

Another News Site Shuts in Hong Kong

By Huizhong Wu and Zen Soo
Beijing’s crackdown on dissent in the former British colony has led to the closure of independent news outlets and the removal of monuments to dissent.
3 Challenges for Chinese Foreign Policy in 2022
January 03, 2022

3 Challenges for Chinese Foreign Policy in 2022

By Dingding Chen
Mostly importantly, China must effectively manage deteriorating China-U.S. relations.

Addressing Challenges Faced by Taiwan’s Migrant Workers
December 30, 2021

Addressing Challenges Faced by Taiwan’s Migrant Workers

By Huynh Tam Sang
The Taiwanese government has not paid sufficient consideration to migrant workers.

A Real String of Pearls: The Hidden Bellwether of the State of the Chinese Economy
December 30, 2021

A Real String of Pearls: The Hidden Bellwether of the State of the Chinese Economy

By Bonnie Girard
The pearl is a symbol of all of China’s economic factors combined. 

More Visibility for Xi Jinping’s Point Man on Ideology: Jiang Jinquan
December 29, 2021

More Visibility for Xi Jinping’s Point Man on Ideology: Jiang Jinquan

By Jesse Turland
A year into the job as director of the top party-affiliated think tank, Jiang Jinquan is appearing more frequently to boldly champion Xi’s positions on ideology, party governance and unity.
Hong Kong Police Raid Pro-Democracy News Outlet, Arrest 6
December 29, 2021

Hong Kong Police Raid Pro-Democracy News Outlet, Arrest 6

By Associated Press
Stand News was one of the most vocal pro-democracy news outlets in Hong Kong after the closure of the newspaper Apple Daily in June.

Advertisements Draw Flak in China Over Asian Stereotypes
December 28, 2021

Advertisements Draw Flak in China Over Asian Stereotypes

By Associated Press
German automaker Mercedes-Benz and a Chinese food company are the latest to get caught up in the fray.
What is the Future of China’s Vocational School Drive?
December 28, 2021

What is the Future of China’s Vocational School Drive?

By Zhuoran Li
China’s technical schools cannot fulfill the government’s target of training a skilled workforce without much-needed reform.

Chinese Hydropower Project in Argentina Is Stuck in Limbo
December 23, 2021

Chinese Hydropower Project in Argentina Is Stuck in Limbo

By Juan Manuel Harán
Suspended financing has put a joint project to build dams in Patagonia on hold. The two sides need to act quickly to resolve the issue.

Cyprus: The Next Stop of China’s Belt and Road Initiative
December 22, 2021

Cyprus: The Next Stop of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

By Mordechai Chaziza
Cyprus' geographical location, EU membership, and importance as a transshipment hub have drawn interest from Beijing.

Tech Regulation in China Brings in Sweeping Changes
December 21, 2021

Tech Regulation in China Brings in Sweeping Changes

By Kai von Carnap and Valarie Tan
Relations between Beijing and China’s tech giants have been complex and in flux for many years. But recently the government has taken a much clearer approach.
How Washington Soured on China-US Subnational Exchanges
December 21, 2021

How Washington Soured on China-US Subnational Exchanges

By Flora Yan
Under Trump, there was new focus on – and concern about – Beijing’s attempts to take advantage of differences between local, state, and federal governments.

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