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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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Xi Jinping Leads China's New Internet Security Group
February 28, 2014

Xi Jinping Leads China's New Internet Security Group

By Shannon Tiezzi
The new central Internet security and informatization leading group is tasked with defining China's cyber strategy.
China's Agricultural Deals with Ukraine in Jeopardy
February 28, 2014

China's Agricultural Deals with Ukraine in Jeopardy

By Shannon Tiezzi
Reports that China wants $3 billion in loans returned call into question the future of China-Ukraine agricultural deals.

How U.S. Ambassadors Influence China (But Not Americans)
February 27, 2014

How U.S. Ambassadors Influence China (But Not Americans)

By Zheng Wang
From John Leighton Stuart to Gary Locke, US Ambassadors have been influential in Beijing but have little impact at home.

China and Iraq Expand Energy and Defense Ties
February 27, 2014

China and Iraq Expand Energy and Defense Ties

By Zachary Keck
Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to Iraq saw China's focus expand beyond energy cooperation.

Do US Comments on China’s Human Rights Make a Difference?
February 27, 2014

Do US Comments on China’s Human Rights Make a Difference?

By Shannon Tiezzi
US comments on human rights in China aren't expected to change anything. Instead, they reveal the core of US-China distrust.
As China Feuds With Japan, Nanjing Takes Center Stage
February 27, 2014

As China Feuds With Japan, Nanjing Takes Center Stage

By Shannon Tiezzi
Nanjing's World War II legacy has propelled the former capital to center stage in the ongoing China-Japan tensions.

Why China Isn't Interested in a South China Sea Code of Conduct
February 26, 2014

Why China Isn't Interested in a South China Sea Code of Conduct

By Shannon Tiezzi
A South China Sea code of conduct would threaten Beijing's interests - so don't expect much progress in negotiations.
Chinese Man Sues Local Government Over Smog
February 26, 2014

Chinese Man Sues Local Government Over Smog

By Shannon Tiezzi
Li Guixin of Hebei Province is suing the local environmental protection bureau for failing to deal with air pollution.

China Continues to Emphasize Reform
February 25, 2014

China Continues to Emphasize Reform

By Shannon Tiezzi
Chinese media continue to emphasizes the CPC's commitment to reform, but with few specifics.

China’s Academic Battle for the South China Sea
February 25, 2014

China’s Academic Battle for the South China Sea

By Shannon Tiezzi
Beijing supports increased research on South China Sea issues as part of a soft power push for control.

Obama Walks Tightrope With Dalai Lama Meeting
February 22, 2014

Obama Walks Tightrope With Dalai Lama Meeting

By Shannon Tiezzi
Obama did just enough to avoid retaliation by Beijing for his meeting with the Dalai Lama.
China Seeks Nuclear Talks Between Pyongyang, Seoul
February 21, 2014

China Seeks Nuclear Talks Between Pyongyang, Seoul

By Shannon Tiezzi
Plus, China's take on the violence in Ukraine, U.S.-China military ties, and the top Chinese media outlets. Friday links.

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