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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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Virus Rules Tightened in Province Near Beijing
January 11, 2021

Virus Rules Tightened in Province Near Beijing

By Associated Press
The outbreak in two cities in Hubei province is one of the most serious in recent months.
Taiwan’s Opposition Party Pushes for Referendum on US Pork Ban
January 09, 2021

Taiwan’s Opposition Party Pushes for Referendum on US Pork Ban

By Nick Aspinwall
The Kuomintang wants to overturn a government decision to allow imports of U.S. meat containing traces of a controversial feed additive.

The Underlying Politics of Poverty Alleviation in Tibet
January 09, 2021

The Underlying Politics of Poverty Alleviation in Tibet

By Palden Sonam
Trainings and relocations of Tibetan nomads and farmers are aimed more at political stability than poverty alleviation.

China Is Already Using the Storming of the US Capitol for Propaganda
January 08, 2021

China Is Already Using the Storming of the US Capitol for Propaganda

By Shannon Tiezzi
Early statements, both official and on Twitter, reveal how the violence in Washington D.C. will benefit China.

China’s Ambitious COVID-19 Vaccine Targets
January 07, 2021

China’s Ambitious COVID-19 Vaccine Targets

By Eleanor Albert
With its first homegrown vaccine approved for general use, China aims to vaccinate 50 million people by the Lunar New Year in February.
WHO Expert Visit to China for COVID-19 Origin Probe Remains Under Negotiation
January 07, 2021

WHO Expert Visit to China for COVID-19 Origin Probe Remains Under Negotiation

By Associated Press
Earlier this week, the WHO head expressed his disappointment at a “last minute” halt to a planned experts’ visit.

Hong Kong Police Arrest 53 Pro-Democrats on Subversion Charges
January 06, 2021

Hong Kong Police Arrest 53 Pro-Democrats on Subversion Charges

By Jessie Lau
The charges stem from a plan to win a majority in Hong Kong's legislature and use that power to veto the government's budget.
Reports: Dozens of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Figures Arrested
January 06, 2021

Reports: Dozens of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Figures Arrested

By Associated Press
Those arrested took part last year in an unofficial primary election that Beijing denounced as a "serious provocation."

China’s Africa Diplomacy Starts 2021 on a High Note
January 06, 2021

China’s Africa Diplomacy Starts 2021 on a High Note

By Shannon Tiezzi
Foreign Minister Wang Yi is making his traditional first trip to Africa, kicking off an important year for China-Africa cooperation.

The Struggle Over Jimmy Lai’s Bail Is a Struggle Over Hong Kong’s Freedom of Expression
January 05, 2021

The Struggle Over Jimmy Lai’s Bail Is a Struggle Over Hong Kong’s Freedom of Expression

By Jerome A. Cohen
Bail has become the most immediate arena in which the ongoing struggle between China’s Communist Party and Hong Kong’s judicial system is taking place.

Is Institutionalism Still Useful in Elite China Political Analyses?
January 05, 2021

Is Institutionalism Still Useful in Elite China Political Analyses?

By Tristan Kenderdine
China's elite politics is ultimately unpredictable, but the party cadre system remains the most resilient political institution.
Sentences for ‘Hong Kong 12’ Spark Outrage From Pro-Democrats
January 04, 2021

Sentences for ‘Hong Kong 12’ Spark Outrage From Pro-Democrats

By Jessie Lau
The case served as a flashpoint for Hong Kong's beleaguered pro-democracy movement.

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