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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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COVID-19 Spells Trouble for China in East Africa
October 16, 2020

COVID-19 Spells Trouble for China in East Africa

By Abdou Rahim Lema and Samu Ngwenya
From debt to trade deficits, the pandemic is highlighting existing problems in China’s relationship with the East African Community.
Demystifying China’s Role in Italy’s Port of Trieste
October 15, 2020

Demystifying China’s Role in Italy’s Port of Trieste

By Francesca Ghiretti
The ghosts of Chinese control or even ownership have haunted the port since a March 2019 MoU. But those concerns have always been overblown.

Indonesian Special Envoy Visits China in Show of Cooperation
October 15, 2020

Indonesian Special Envoy Visits China in Show of Cooperation

By Eleanor Albert
As Indonesia and China mark 70 years of relations, ties are marked by a tension between economic cooperation and ongoing maritime frictions.

Xi Pays Tribute to Reform and Opening – and Deng Xiaoping
October 15, 2020

Xi Pays Tribute to Reform and Opening – and Deng Xiaoping

By Shannon Tiezzi
This week’s celebration of Shenzhen, the original SEZ, comes amid a general trend of sidelining Deng.

Hong Kong’s National Security Law Creeps Into Education Sector
October 14, 2020

Hong Kong’s National Security Law Creeps Into Education Sector

By Jessie Lau
Critics warn free discussion in schools is under attack amid new restrictions on teaching topics.
China Underscores Solidarity With North Korea on Party Anniversary
October 14, 2020

China Underscores Solidarity With North Korea on Party Anniversary

By Shannon Tiezzi
Beijing downplayed the military parade - and the new ICBM - but was keen to praise Kim Jong Un's leadership and achievements.

Trump Reportedly Eyes More Chinese Firms for Sanction
October 13, 2020

Trump Reportedly Eyes More Chinese Firms for Sanction

By Eleanor Albert
The administration is considering restrictions on Chinese digital payment platforms, on top of existing bans.
Which Countries Support China on Hong Kong’s National Security Law?
October 09, 2020

Which Countries Support China on Hong Kong’s National Security Law?

By Shannon Tiezzi
A recent U.N. statement saw 54 countries backing China’s Hong Kong policy, against 39 voicing concern in a rival bloc.

Behind Xi Jinping’s Steely Façade, a Leadership Crisis Is Smoldering in China
October 09, 2020

Behind Xi Jinping’s Steely Façade, a Leadership Crisis Is Smoldering in China

By Sarah Cook
Recent party purges suggest ebbing confidence in the all-powerful chairman.

2020 Edition: Which Countries Are For or Against China’s Xinjiang Policies?
October 09, 2020

2020 Edition: Which Countries Are For or Against China’s Xinjiang Policies?

By Catherine Putz
Another year, another set of dueling statements about Xinjiang to the U.N. This time, there are some interesting differences in who is backing China -- and who isn't.

How Did Chinese People React to Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis?
October 08, 2020

How Did Chinese People React to Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis?

By Hemant Adlakha
Chinese social media is abuzz with a debate on whether Trump’s diagnosis should elicit sympathy or satisfaction.
The Public in Advanced Economies are Not Happy with China – or Xi
October 08, 2020

The Public in Advanced Economies are Not Happy with China – or Xi

By Abhijnan Rej
A new opinion poll shows a dramatic growth in public pessimism about China across Europe, North America, and the Asia-Pacific.

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