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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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A Month After Taiwan’s Election, Cross-Strait Tensions Continue to Simmer

A Month After Taiwan’s Election, Cross-Strait Tensions Continue to Simmer

By Brian Hioe
From sending balloons over Taiwan to forcing a scheduled sports competition to relocate, China has been upping the pressure.
China’s Chronic Zero COVID Trauma

China’s Chronic Zero COVID Trauma

By Donald Low
More than a year after China scrapped its zero-COVID policy, it has become clear that most analysts underestimated the adverse impacts on business and consumer sentiment. 

How to De-Risk From China: Lessons From Italy

How to De-Risk From China: Lessons From Italy

By Nicola Casarini
Italy’s de-risking has been a gradual, and often winding, process of reducing critical dependencies on China. But is it permanent?

China-Russia Energy Ties Feature in the Xi-Putin Lunar New Year Call 

China-Russia Energy Ties Feature in the Xi-Putin Lunar New Year Call 

By Joseph Webster
Sino-Russian oil trade grew in 2023, although Putin might have been piqued by Chinese actions on coal and inaction of the Power of Siberia 2 pipeline. 

‘To the Masses’: Decoding Xi Jinping’s Lunar New Year Visits

‘To the Masses’: Decoding Xi Jinping’s Lunar New Year Visits

By Zhuowen Li
Understanding Xi’s take on a longstanding CCP tradition: visiting ordinary citizens ahead of the holiday season.
China’s YouTube Propaganda in Latin America 

China’s YouTube Propaganda in Latin America 

By Sascha Hannig Nuñez
The efforts are obvious, but many of the videos fail to garner significant attention.

Unpacking the Layers of China’s Spring Festival Gala

Unpacking the Layers of China’s Spring Festival Gala

By Nick Carraway
This year, three trends stood out amid the Gala’s presentations, echoing through other official policies.
Messi’s Absence in Hong Kong Game Sparks Anger, Boycott Calls in China

Messi’s Absence in Hong Kong Game Sparks Anger, Boycott Calls in China

By Kanis Leung
Disappointment from Hong Kong fans ballooned into a nationalistic controversy after the soccer superstar took the pitch in Japan.

China’s Zombie East China Sea Policy

China’s Zombie East China Sea Policy

By Denny Roy
The decade-old approach is failing to gain any substantial benefit, while maximizing the chances of an accidental war that Beijing does not want.

Multilateralism and China’s Hedging Strategy 

Multilateralism and China’s Hedging Strategy 

By Kaize ZHU
Nations – including China – hedge to secure their interests in an increasingly multipolar world.

China Gives Suspended Death Sentence to Chinese Australian Democracy Blogger

China Gives Suspended Death Sentence to Chinese Australian Democracy Blogger

By Ken Moritsugu and Keiran Smith
Yang Hengjun has been in detention for over five years, despite frequent complaints from the Australian government. Now he's been found guilty of espionage.
China’s Quiet Move Toward Moderation

China’s Quiet Move Toward Moderation

By Robert Sutter
Rhetorically, China is standing firm as the U.S. leads a hardening of policy toward Beijing. But its actions reveal a new willingness to compromise.

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