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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 Top Disciplinary Body Moves Against Ex-Security Officials Fu Zhenghua, Sun Lijun
October 06, 2021

China’s Top Disciplinary Body Moves Against Ex-Security Officials Fu Zhenghua, Sun Lijun

By Jesse Turland
Under Xi Jinping it has become the norm for the Chinese Communist Party’s key anti-corruption body to oust senior public security officials who are disloyal or disliked.
What Does Meng Wanzhou’s Release Mean for China-US Relations?
October 04, 2021

What Does Meng Wanzhou’s Release Mean for China-US Relations?

By Dingding Chen
In the short run, the relationship might become warmer, but the long-term technology competition is going to be tough.

How Does China’s Military View India?
October 02, 2021

How Does China’s Military View India?

By Adhiraaj Anand
The PLA views India’s growing military cooperation with the United States with some concern but generally does not consider India a major threat.

China’s AUKUS Response Highlights Beijing’s Bunker Mentality
September 30, 2021

China’s AUKUS Response Highlights Beijing’s Bunker Mentality

By Bonnie Girard
Beijing seems completely unwilling – or unable – to consider its own actions might be feeding the “China containment” push.

Coal Shortages Force Blackouts Across China
September 29, 2021

Coal Shortages Force Blackouts Across China

By Jesse Turland
Trade wars on the international front and mine shutdowns at home have squeezed stocks of China’s main energy source, coal, triggering nation-wide blackouts.
Western Investors Are Divided on Buying Chinese Assets, With Good Reason
September 29, 2021

Western Investors Are Divided on Buying Chinese Assets, With Good Reason

By Sara Hsu
Two related issues are plaguing investors: debt risks for Chinese firms and the uncertainty as to if, when, and how China will regulate particular sectors.

China: 2 Canadians in Prisoner Swap Freed for Health Reasons
September 28, 2021

China: 2 Canadians in Prisoner Swap Freed for Health Reasons

By Huizhong Wu
Beijing kept up its narrative that the arrests of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – and their releases – were not linked to Meng Wanzhou’s arrest in Canada.
Eric Chu Wins KMT Chair Election
September 27, 2021

Eric Chu Wins KMT Chair Election

By Brian Hioe
KMT stalwart Chu won handily in the end, but the challenge posed by deep-Blue candidate Chang Ya-chung is notable.

Huawei Executive Resolves Criminal Charges in Deal With US
September 25, 2021

Huawei Executive Resolves Criminal Charges in Deal With US

By Eric Tucker and Jim Mustian
The deferred prosecution agreement paves the way for Meng Wanzhou to be released in a case that has roiled China’s relationships with both Canada and the U.S.

China Aiding Myanmar Armed Groups in Their COVID-19 Fight
September 24, 2021

China Aiding Myanmar Armed Groups in Their COVID-19 Fight

By Sebastian Strangio
Beijing has long maintained close relations to the ethnic armed groups lying along its borders with Myanmar.

China’s Xi, Like Biden Hours Earlier, Turns to Calm Language in UN Remarks
September 23, 2021

China’s Xi, Like Biden Hours Earlier, Turns to Calm Language in UN Remarks

By Ted Anthony
In a pre-recorded speech, Xi reiterated China’s commitment to “dialogue and cooperation” and refrained from criticizing the U.S. by name.
Taiwan Applies for CPTPP Membership
September 23, 2021

Taiwan Applies for CPTPP Membership

By Shannon Tiezzi
Taiwan is a natural fit for the CPTPP in economic terms, but its bid will likely face intense opposition from China.

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