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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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COVID-19 Complicates China’s ‘Football Dream’
November 10, 2021

COVID-19 Complicates China’s ‘Football Dream’

By Shannon Tiezzi
China’s men’s national team has remained firmly stuck in the lower echelons of international football, as evidenced by its current long-shot quest to reach the World Cup.
Introducing the New Beijing Stock Exchange
November 09, 2021

Introducing the New Beijing Stock Exchange

By Sara Hsu
China’s third stock exchange is geared toward financing start-ups, but it is unlikely to prevent overseas listings.  

Who Wants to See a War Over Taiwan?
November 09, 2021

Who Wants to See a War Over Taiwan?

By Mu Chunshan
China is not about to invade Taiwan, but there are those in China, Taiwan, and the U.S. who benefit from pushing in that direction.

Tennis and Politics Intertwine in China’s Highest-Profile #MeToo Case to Date
November 06, 2021

Tennis and Politics Intertwine in China’s Highest-Profile #MeToo Case to Date

By Lizzi C. Lee
Peng Shuai’s stunning accusation of sexual assault should be situated within a larger context where tennis can be a vehicle for politics – exposing athletes to the possibility of exploitation.

China Stresses Developed Nations’ Promises at COP26
November 04, 2021

China Stresses Developed Nations’ Promises at COP26

By Jesse Turland
In Glasgow, China’s representatives argued rich states must fulfill promises to support poorer nations’ green capacity development, even while power shortages call China’s own promises into question.
Chinese People Think China Is Popular Overseas. Americans Disagree.
November 04, 2021

Chinese People Think China Is Popular Overseas. Americans Disagree.

By Brian Wong
The widening perception gap between the Chinese and Western publics points to long-term divergence.

Chinese Tennis Star Accuses Former Top Official of Sexual Assault
November 03, 2021

Chinese Tennis Star Accuses Former Top Official of Sexual Assault

By Shannon Tiezzi
Peng Shuai's post broke new ground for the #MeToo movement in China: directly implicating a high-ranking CCP official.
Yahoo Pulls out of China, Citing ‘Challenging’ Environment
November 02, 2021

Yahoo Pulls out of China, Citing ‘Challenging’ Environment

By Zen Soo
Most of Yahoo’s services were already blocked in China, but stricter government control over the tech sector may have hastened the company’s exit.

China’s Neo-Nationalism Poses Risks for International Businesses
November 02, 2021

China’s Neo-Nationalism Poses Risks for International Businesses

By Charles Mok and Dennis Kwok
Companies and firms that used to straddle both the West and China with ease – like LinkedIn and Mayer Brown – are now finding themselves in uncharted territory.

Can China and the United States Cooperate Fully in Tackling Climate Change?
November 01, 2021

Can China and the United States Cooperate Fully in Tackling Climate Change?

By Paul Meao
On the political level, there's little incentive to cooperate. But businesses from the two countries have every reason to work together.

What Zambia’s New Debt Reveal Tells Us About the ‘China Debt Trap’ Theory
October 29, 2021

What Zambia’s New Debt Reveal Tells Us About the ‘China Debt Trap’ Theory

By Ferdinando Cinotto
The data, once again, do not back up the prevailing narrative.
Work Drinking in China Comes Under Fire
October 29, 2021

Work Drinking in China Comes Under Fire

By Bonnie Girard
China's drinking culture is thousands of years old. Can it be reshaped to fit the modern era?

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