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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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China, Not Iran, Is the Power to Watch in Iraq
October 30, 2019

China, Not Iran, Is the Power to Watch in Iraq

By Daniel J. Samet
Iraq joins the ranks of China's Belt and Road, a move that should have attracted far more attention.
The China-NBA Tempest in a Teacup
October 29, 2019

The China-NBA Tempest in a Teacup

By Jansen Tham
The NBA-China spat is just the latest indication of a longstanding (and growing) problem.

China’s Communists Hold Key Meeting Amid Rising Challenges
October 29, 2019

China’s Communists Hold Key Meeting Amid Rising Challenges

By Associated Press
The fourth plenum kicked off in Beijing on October 28.

Pence Doubles Down on ‘Tough on China’ Messaging
October 25, 2019

Pence Doubles Down on ‘Tough on China’ Messaging

By Eleanor Albert
At a recent speech, the U.S. vice president reprised his “bad cop” on China role.

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy and the Looming Election
October 25, 2019

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy and the Looming Election

By Jeremy Huai-Che Chiang
With the election looming large on the horizon, Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy is obviously at a decisive juncture.
Taiwan and Hong Kong Spar Over Fate of Recently Freed Murder Suspect
October 24, 2019

Taiwan and Hong Kong Spar Over Fate of Recently Freed Murder Suspect

By Nick Aspinwall
Hong Kong and Taiwan disagree on how to handle the potential return of Chan Tong-kai, wanted for murder in Taiwan.

China’s Corporate Social Credit System Demands Political Obedience from Companies
October 24, 2019

China’s Corporate Social Credit System Demands Political Obedience from Companies

By Daniel Rechtschaffen
The primary purpose of the social credit system may not be to censor companies, but censorship is undoubtedly within its scope.
Friends from Hong Kong: Taiwan’s Refugee Problem
October 23, 2019

Friends from Hong Kong: Taiwan’s Refugee Problem

By Lev Nachman and Brian Hioe
Hong Kongers looking for asylum in Taiwan are hostage to the island’s 2020 presidential politics.

Is China Still the Global Leader on Climate Change?
October 21, 2019

Is China Still the Global Leader on Climate Change?

By Deborah Lehr
The world’s success in bringing down global greenhouse gas emissions is dependent on the actions of China, the world’s largest carbon emitter.

U.S. Congressman Accuses China of ‘Visa Blackmail’ Due to Planned Taiwan Visit
October 17, 2019

U.S. Congressman Accuses China of ‘Visa Blackmail’ Due to Planned Taiwan Visit

By Nick Aspinwall
Representative Sean Patrick Maloney said Beijing denied visas to a U.S. congressional delegation due to their plans to also visit Taiwan.

Taiwan Can Profit from the US-China Tech War
October 15, 2019

Taiwan Can Profit from the US-China Tech War

By Victor (Lin) Pu
The Taiwanese government could seize the space created by the U.S.-China tech conflict.
From ‘Land-Locked’ to ‘Land-Linked’: China’s Xi Goes to Nepal
October 15, 2019

From ‘Land-Locked’ to ‘Land-Linked’: China’s Xi Goes to Nepal

By Eleanor Albert
Both Beijing and Kathmandu stand to benefit from deepening their relationship.

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