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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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Chinese Feminists Caught Between a Rock and the Party
July 15, 2022

Chinese Feminists Caught Between a Rock and the Party

By Zhuoran Li and Jennifer Lee
The CCP has tacitly encouraged cyber bullying of Chinese feminists to prevent the movement from gaining ground.
Across Party Lines, Taiwan Mourns Abe Shinzo
July 14, 2022

Across Party Lines, Taiwan Mourns Abe Shinzo

By Brian Hioe
The former Japanese prime minister's support for Taiwan brought condolences even from the KMT, which is generally antagonistic toward Japan.

Chinese FM Pledges Progress on South China Sea Code of Conduct
July 13, 2022

Chinese FM Pledges Progress on South China Sea Code of Conduct

By Sebastian Strangio
In Malaysia, the last stop on his five-nation tour of Southeast Asia, Wang Yi said that "no one can separate" China and the nations of Southeast Asia.

How Did Abe Shinzo Become an Unlikely Subject of Collective Grief in China?
July 13, 2022

How Did Abe Shinzo Become an Unlikely Subject of Collective Grief in China?

By Ni Tao
The late Japanese prime minister was not popular in China, but some have used his death to emphasize their frustration at being unable to speak freely.

China Protests Taiwan’s VP Paying Respects at Abe’s Memorial
July 13, 2022

China Protests Taiwan’s VP Paying Respects at Abe’s Memorial

By Associated Press
Vice President Lai attended Abe's funeral service in Tokyo in his personal capacity.
Don’t Sleep on China’s Global Develop­ment Initiative
July 12, 2022

Don’t Sleep on China’s Global Develop­ment Initiative

By Fikayo Akeredolu
China’s GDI was largely overshadowed by the G-7’s new infrastructure initiative. Given both sides' track records, though, that may be a mistake.

Why a Xi Jinping Third Term Looks Secure
July 11, 2022

Why a Xi Jinping Third Term Looks Secure

By Dan Macklin
From key personnel appointments to a surge in loyalty displays, all signs point to China’s leader continuing in power.
The Impact and Implications of China’s Growing Influence in the Middle East
July 09, 2022

The Impact and Implications of China’s Growing Influence in the Middle East

By Nadeem Ahmed Moonakal
China has struck a careful balance between regional rivals, especially Iran and the Gulf. But amid shifting dynamics, staying neutral may not be an option.

China Reacts to Abe Shinzo Assassination
July 08, 2022

China Reacts to Abe Shinzo Assassination

By Shannon Tiezzi
China's official statements expressed shock and sympathy, but social media reactions reflected Abe's unpopular image in China.

Wang’s G20 Meetings Highlight China’s Ukraine Messaging
July 08, 2022

Wang’s G20 Meetings Highlight China’s Ukraine Messaging

By Shannon Tiezzi
China remains committed to reshaping the global order with Russia, and Beijing knows developing countries are the key to that effort.

China, South Korea Foreign Ministers Pledge Deepened Cooperation
July 08, 2022

China, South Korea Foreign Ministers Pledge Deepened Cooperation

By Shannon Tiezzi
Despite campaign-trail promises to get tough on China, the Yoon administration in practice has been more cautious in its dealings with Beijing.
The Hong Kong Government and the Rule of Law
July 07, 2022

The Hong Kong Government and the Rule of Law

By Eric Lai
The National People's Congress in Beijing may have given the orders, but officials in Hong Kong are also responsible for the decline in Hong Kong's judicial and legal systems.

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