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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’s ‘Fragmented Authoritar­ianism’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic
June 25, 2022

China’s ‘Fragmented Authoritar­ianism’ During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Zhenze Huang
China’s pandemic response has been heavily mediated by the always-complex relationship between central and local governments.
Falling out of Favor: How China Lost the Nordic Countries
June 24, 2022

Falling out of Favor: How China Lost the Nordic Countries

By Andreas B. Forsby
In 2016, the Nordic countries were actively seeking to deepen cooperation with China. Today, they are looking instead to limit China's presence and influence. What happened?

China’s Political Surveillance System Keeps Growing
June 23, 2022

China’s Political Surveillance System Keeps Growing

By Chauncey Jung
As long feared, China’s COVID-19 measures are being integrated into its architecture of political repression.

What ‘Zhong Sheng’ Says About China’s Perceptions of the Ukraine Conflict
June 23, 2022

What ‘Zhong Sheng’ Says About China’s Perceptions of the Ukraine Conflict

By Brandon Valeriano and Juan Garcia-Nieto
What has China communicated -- through the state run Zhong Sheng pen name in the People’s Daily -- about the conflict in Ukraine?

From China With Love: Xi’s Birthday Call to Putin
June 22, 2022

From China With Love: Xi’s Birthday Call to Putin

By Hemant Adlakha
The latest Putin-Xi exchange should put to bed any speculation that Beijing is reevaluating its close ties to Moscow.
2 Women Still Hospitalized After Brutal Attack in Tangshan
June 21, 2022

2 Women Still Hospitalized After Brutal Attack in Tangshan

By Associated Press
A horrific assault caught on security camera footage sparked widespread outrage over misogyny and violence against women in China.

Hong Kong Is Unrecognizable After 2 Years Under the National Security Law
June 20, 2022

Hong Kong Is Unrecognizable After 2 Years Under the National Security Law

By Angeli Datt
Five ways the law has deepened authoritarianism in the territory as conditions are set to worsen.
The Complex Nationalism of China’s Gen-Z
June 19, 2022

The Complex Nationalism of China’s Gen-Z

By Brian Wong
China’s youngest generation is often associated with hyper-nationalism. That oversimplifies their complex, individualized relationships with their country.

China’s Diplomatic Campaign Following Russia’s Ukraine Invasion
June 17, 2022

China’s Diplomatic Campaign Following Russia’s Ukraine Invasion

By Zhuoran Li
China’s diplomatic outreach is more aimed at advancing Beijing’s Indo-Pacific interests than drumming up support for Moscow.

How Engaged Was China at the Shangri-La Dialogue?
June 16, 2022

How Engaged Was China at the Shangri-La Dialogue?

By Mark S. Cogan
At this year's Dialogue, Chinese officials were strident and defensive – but it's better to have Beijing in than out.

As Taiwan Remembers Tiananmen, Hong Kong Looms Large
June 15, 2022

As Taiwan Remembers Tiananmen, Hong Kong Looms Large

By Brian Hioe
The annual June 4 rally is now strongly connected to remembrance of Hong Kong's 2019 protest movement -- and the resulting political repression.
Should Brazil Ban Huawei?
June 15, 2022

Should Brazil Ban Huawei?

By Joseph Bouchard
The case for banning the Chinese telecoms firm is compelling, but such a move would carry a steep cost.

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