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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 Discovers Cross-Border Tunnels Leading to Xinjiang, North Korea
August 26, 2014

China Discovers Cross-Border Tunnels Leading to Xinjiang, North Korea

By Shannon Tiezzi
Images from a Chinese satellite show cross-border tunnels in sensitive regions.
The Nine-Dashed Line: 'Engraved in Our Hearts'
August 25, 2014

The Nine-Dashed Line: 'Engraved in Our Hearts'

By Zheng Wang
How China's "nine dash line" claims (including James Shoal) have been taught in Chinese schools since the 1940s.

Xi in Mongolia: Trade, Security, and Neighborhood Diplomacy
August 22, 2014

Xi in Mongolia: Trade, Security, and Neighborhood Diplomacy

By Shannon Tiezzi
Xi Jinping boosted economic and political ties with Mongolia, showcasing China's "neighborhood diplomacy."

China Deploys Drones in Xinjiang
August 22, 2014

China Deploys Drones in Xinjiang

By Shannon Tiezzi
Plus, more on SOE reform, legalizing marijuana, and China's thirst for greatness. Friday China links.

Xi’s Mongolia Trip a Signal to China’s Neighbors
August 22, 2014

Xi’s Mongolia Trip a Signal to China’s Neighbors

By Clint Richards
Beijing is attempting to improve regional relations in the run up to November’s APEC summit.
Could a Climate Change Deal Fit China’s Economic Reform Agenda?
August 22, 2014

Could a Climate Change Deal Fit China’s Economic Reform Agenda?

By Joern Huenteler
Why an ambitious deal on climate change is much more likely now than it was in Copenhagen in 2009.

Reports: 5 Tibetans Dead After Police Fire on Protestors
August 22, 2014

Reports: 5 Tibetans Dead After Police Fire on Protestors

By Shannon Tiezzi
Tibetan rights groups say five men died in police custody after a protest in Garze, Sichuan.
Beijing Enters China's New Bond Market
August 21, 2014

Beijing Enters China's New Bond Market

By Shannon Tiezzi
Beijing is the 8th local government to issue bonds under a pilot program to combat shadow banking.

North Korea: China's Largest Drug Dealer?
August 21, 2014

North Korea: China's Largest Drug Dealer?

By Zachary Keck
North Korea is likely to be a major target in China's new war on drugs.

China Keeps Close Eye on Pakistan Protests
August 21, 2014

China Keeps Close Eye on Pakistan Protests

By Shannon Tiezzi
Beijing is not overly concerned yet, but instability in Pakistan could threaten China's economic and security interests.

Deng Xiaoping: Xi's Political Role Model
August 20, 2014

Deng Xiaoping: Xi's Political Role Model

By Shannon Tiezzi
By embracing Deng, Xi Jinping makes it clear that he too wants to be remembered as a great reformer.
Why a China-South Korea Alliance Won't Happen
August 20, 2014

Why a China-South Korea Alliance Won't Happen

By Jin Kai
Despite close ties, Beijing and Seoul's divergent interests, as well as regional politics, preclude a formal alliance.

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