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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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Tanzanian President’s Visit to China Means One Thing: Africa’s Agenda Matters.
November 08, 2022

Tanzanian President’s Visit to China Means One Thing: Africa’s Agenda Matters.

By Huiyi Chen and Sena Voncujovi
If African countries like Tanzania have any say in the matter, rumors of the BRI’s death are greatly exaggerated.
Reports Suggest China Aiming for Less Disruptive COVID-19 Policies
November 05, 2022

Reports Suggest China Aiming for Less Disruptive COVID-19 Policies

By Joe McDonald
Even as public anger rises, health experts and economists say “zero COVID” is likely to stay in place possibly through most of 2023.

What the 20th Party Congress Report Tells Us About China’s AI Ambitions
November 05, 2022

What the 20th Party Congress Report Tells Us About China’s AI Ambitions

By Jie Gao
Compared to the 19th Party Congress, this year's report is more specific about China's AI ambitions, including military applications.

China Celebrates German Chancellor’s Trip
November 05, 2022

China Celebrates German Chancellor’s Trip

By Shannon Tiezzi
There were few deliverables from the short visit, but Beijing is hopeful it indicates Germany is moving out of alignment with the U.S. approach to China.

Xi Jinping: Prince or Party Man?
November 04, 2022

Xi Jinping: Prince or Party Man?

By Michael Clarke
Xi’s consolidation of power has been obtained through steps that have arguably strengthened the cohesion and institutional strength of the CCP as a whole.
The Ideological Shift Behind Xi’s Clean Sweep
November 03, 2022

The Ideological Shift Behind Xi’s Clean Sweep

By Dan Macklin
A multi-year effort has brought strongman rule back into the Communist Party liturgy.

Amid Much Controversy, German Chancellor Visits China
November 03, 2022

Amid Much Controversy, German Chancellor Visits China

By Hanns W. Maull
Olaf Scholz’s visit to China represents a break with the Coalition Agreement and a return to a commercial foreign policy approach.
The Chinese Diplomats to Watch After the 20th Party Congress
November 02, 2022

The Chinese Diplomats to Watch After the 20th Party Congress

By Chihwei Yu and K. Tristan Tang
The potential nominees for China’s next foreign minister might provide some insights into the future trend of China’s foreign policy.

Taiwan’s Pingpu Peoples One Step Closer to Recognition
November 02, 2022

Taiwan’s Pingpu Peoples One Step Closer to Recognition

By Brian Hioe
A Constitutional Court ruling held that Pingpu peoples must be recognized by the government, a move that could potentially triple the registered Indigenous population in Taiwan.

Xi Jinping’s Energy Policy: Contradictions and Caveats
November 01, 2022

Xi Jinping’s Energy Policy: Contradictions and Caveats

By Bonnie Girard
Xi has made big promises on China's emissions and energy mix, but his work report at the 20th Party Congress suggests neither is a top priority.

Germany and the EU’s China Policy: Missing in Action?
October 31, 2022

Germany and the EU’s China Policy: Missing in Action?

By Anton Karppanen
Olaf Scholz has kept Germany’s business-first approach to China but that’s increasingly at odds with trends at home and abroad.
Nguyen Phu Trong’s Trip Highlights Special Relationship Between China and Vietnam
October 29, 2022

Nguyen Phu Trong’s Trip Highlights Special Relationship Between China and Vietnam

By Nian Peng
The timing of Trong’s visit sends a strong signal that Vietnam is not going to side with the U.S. against China.

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