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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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51 Dead in Taiwan’s Deadliest Train Accident
April 03, 2021

51 Dead in Taiwan’s Deadliest Train Accident

By Ralph Jennings and Johnson Lai
A train hit a truck that slid onto the track in Hualien county, leaving over 50 dead and more than 100 injured.
China Is Changing Serbia From the Inside
April 03, 2021

China Is Changing Serbia From the Inside

By Wawa Wang and Nils Resare
The gradual weakening of legal requirements for Chinese investments in Serbia is of real concern.

Taiwan Begins Slow Early Rollout of AstraZeneca Vaccines
April 02, 2021

Taiwan Begins Slow Early Rollout of AstraZeneca Vaccines

By Nick Aspinwall
The country, which has been a model in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, has turned its focus to getting its population vaccinated.

Growing Duality: Polish Opinions on China and Why They Matter
April 01, 2021

Growing Duality: Polish Opinions on China and Why They Matter

By Alicja Bachulska and Krzysztof Iwanek
A recent survey suggests that that Poles are becoming increasingly skeptical about China.

US Ambassador Makes First Visit to Taiwan in More Than 40 Years
April 01, 2021

US Ambassador Makes First Visit to Taiwan in More Than 40 Years

By Eleanor Albert
A visit from Palau’s president also highlighted a milestone for Taiwan-U.S. relations.
WHO’s COVID-19 Origin Report Leaves Everyone Unsatisfied
April 01, 2021

WHO’s COVID-19 Origin Report Leaves Everyone Unsatisfied

By Shannon Tiezzi
The U.S. led its allies in issuing a statement of concern, while China attempted to push back on pointed comments from the WHO’s director general.

Despite Sanctions Tiff, It’s Business as Usual for European Firms in China
March 31, 2021

Despite Sanctions Tiff, It’s Business as Usual for European Firms in China

By Bonnie Girard
China’s dramatic response at the political level has not impacted its courtship of European businesses.
Less Democracy, More ‘Patriots’: Hong Kong’s New Electoral System
March 31, 2021

Less Democracy, More ‘Patriots’: Hong Kong’s New Electoral System

By Jessie Lau
The most significant government reforms since the city’s handover in 1997 consolidate Beijing's control over Hong Kong's government.

China Sharply Reduces Elected Seats in Hong Kong Legislature
March 31, 2021

China Sharply Reduces Elected Seats in Hong Kong Legislature

By Zen Soo and Ken Moritsugu
Under the newly revamped electoral system, only 20 of the Legislative Council’s 90 seats will be directly elected.

As the Government Pulls Back, China’s Boycott Against International Brands Loses Steam
March 30, 2021

As the Government Pulls Back, China’s Boycott Against International Brands Loses Steam

By Jo Kim
While China’s efforts to name and shame foreign brands sometimes work, more often than not, brands and businesses simply have to wait out the nationalist outcry.

What’s in the China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Agreement?
March 30, 2021

What’s in the China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Agreement?

By Shannon Tiezzi
Despite the fanfare surrounding the 25-year deal, details are scarce. Is this much ado about nothing?
Beijing Is Getting Better at Disinformation on Global Social Media
March 30, 2021

Beijing Is Getting Better at Disinformation on Global Social Media

By Sarah Cook
Its networks are resisting takedown efforts and gaining traction among real users.

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