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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 To Build World's Largest Marine Surveillance Ship
January 24, 2014

China To Build World's Largest Marine Surveillance Ship

By Shannon Tiezzi
China plans to build a 10,000 ton marine surveillance vessel, passing Japan's Shikishima for the title of world's largest
US, China Talk Korean Denuclearization, Maritime Disputes
January 24, 2014

US, China Talk Korean Denuclearization, Maritime Disputes

By Shannon Tiezzi
Deputy Secretary of State William Burns was in Beijing this week to discuss Asia-Pacific security issues.

Lawyers, Activists Condemn Xu Zhiyong's Trial
January 23, 2014

Lawyers, Activists Condemn Xu Zhiyong's Trial

By Tyler Roney
The trial of Xu Zhiyong highlights the limits of rule of law and the anti-corruption campaign in China.

What Caused China’s Internet Outage?
January 23, 2014

What Caused China’s Internet Outage?

By Shannon Tiezzi
An internet disruption Tuesday affected over 60% of Chinese users. Was it caused by hackers or China's Great Firewall?

Xinhua: China Approves 12 More Free Trade Zones
January 23, 2014

Xinhua: China Approves 12 More Free Trade Zones

By Shannon Tiezzi
China's central government has reportedly approved 12 new free trade zones, including ones in Tianjin and Guangdong.
"Littering Creates Jobs": The Need For Moral Education in China
January 22, 2014

"Littering Creates Jobs": The Need For Moral Education in China

By Jin Kai
Attitudes towards littering in the author's hometown suggest China needs to increase its public moral education.

Leaked Documents Tie Chinese Elites to Massive Offshore Holdings
January 22, 2014

Leaked Documents Tie Chinese Elites to Massive Offshore Holdings

By Zachary Keck
Thousands of leaked documents show 22,000 tax haven clients from China, including its leaders and princelings.
Why Xi Is Going to Sochi
January 22, 2014

Why Xi Is Going to Sochi

By Shannon Tiezzi
Xi's attendance at the Sochi Olympics is meant to offer support to Russia as Moscow faces critiques over human rights.

China at Geneva II: Beijing’s Interest in Syria
January 22, 2014

China at Geneva II: Beijing’s Interest in Syria

By Shannon Tiezzi
Though China is rapidly becoming a superpower, Beijing has no interest in becoming a global policeman.

Xi's "Man of the People" Persona
January 21, 2014

Xi's "Man of the People" Persona

By Kerry Brown
Xi Jinping is creating an image of himself as a man of the people. Without actions to back it up, his PR could backfire.

China Lifts Ban on Lady Gaga
January 20, 2014

China Lifts Ban on Lady Gaga

By Zachary Keck
Plus, President Xi Jinping will attend the Sochi Olympics in Russia. Monday China links.
China's Unprecedented Political Reforms
January 19, 2014

China's Unprecedented Political Reforms

By Elizabeth C. Economy
Unprecedented, if tighter control can actually be considered political reform, that is.

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