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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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The Taiwan Election’s Other Big Winner: Ko Wen-je’s Taiwan People’s Party
January 16, 2020

The Taiwan Election’s Other Big Winner: Ko Wen-je’s Taiwan People’s Party

By Nick Aspinwall
The upstart TPP secured five legislative seats, a major win for a party formed only five months ago by a mayor with presidential ambitions.
China, US Sign ‘Historic’ Trade Deal
January 16, 2020

China, US Sign ‘Historic’ Trade Deal

By Shannon Tiezzi
The Phase One deal is being hailed by both sides as a victory, but it leaves a lot of unfinished business.

Treading Choppy Waters: Cross-Strait Relations in Taiwan’s 2020 Presidential Election
January 15, 2020

Treading Choppy Waters: Cross-Strait Relations in Taiwan’s 2020 Presidential Election

By Pam Kennedy
Taiwan's presidential election was heavily influenced by cross-strait relations. What comes next?

China’s Shipbuilders Seek New Inroads in Arctic Shipping
January 14, 2020

China’s Shipbuilders Seek New Inroads in Arctic Shipping

By Trym Aleksander Eiterjord
New ship designs signal a growing Chinese interest in Arctic shipping.

China Tightens Grips on North Korean Defectors
January 13, 2020

China Tightens Grips on North Korean Defectors

By Tae-jun Kang
Arrests of North Korean defectors in China are up, even while Beijing moves to control North Korean propaganda within the Great Firewall.
Taiwan ‘Shouts Back’: President Tsai Wins Re-Election Despite China’s Pressure Campaign
January 12, 2020

Taiwan ‘Shouts Back’: President Tsai Wins Re-Election Despite China’s Pressure Campaign

By Shannon Tiezzi
Tsai Ing-wen won a landslide victory over her opponent, in a blow to Beijing's hopes.

China’s Iran Dilemma
January 11, 2020

China’s Iran Dilemma

By Bonnie Girard
Beijing begins to discover the price of international adventurism.
Taiwan Candidates Rally as KMT Official Accused of Attempting to Bribe Chinese Defector
January 10, 2020

Taiwan Candidates Rally as KMT Official Accused of Attempting to Bribe Chinese Defector

By Nick Aspinwall
Wang Liqiang, the self-proclaimed Chinese spy, reportedly received death threats in an attempt to coerce him to recant his allegations and falsely implicate Taiwan’s DPP in corruption.

Foreign Students and China’s Soft Power: The Case of Uganda
January 10, 2020

Foreign Students and China’s Soft Power: The Case of Uganda

By Benjamin Mulvey
The link between Ugandan students in China and Chinese influence in Uganda is more complicated than it appears.

What Does Taiwan’s Public Think About Election Interference From China?
January 10, 2020

What Does Taiwan’s Public Think About Election Interference From China?

By Timothy S. Rich, Madelynn Einhorn, Isabel Eliassen, Carolyn Brueggemann, and Alexandrea Pike-Goff
Polling shows Taiwanese interpret China's interference and disinformation campaigns through partisan lens.

Confucius Institutes in Brazil and BRICS Education Cooperation
January 09, 2020

Confucius Institutes in Brazil and BRICS Education Cooperation

By Wang Peng
Educational cooperation is an underanalyzed aspect of the BRICS grouping, and Confucius Institutes are leading the way in Brazil.
Election Aside, Taiwan’s Generation Gap Will Shape Relations With China
January 09, 2020

Election Aside, Taiwan’s Generation Gap Will Shape Relations With China

By Jeremy Huai-Che Chiang
Whatever the result of the election on Saturday, the surge in Taiwanese identity among young people is here to stay.

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