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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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Patriotic Shift for China’s ‘First Class of School’ TV Program
September 06, 2019

Patriotic Shift for China’s ‘First Class of School’ TV Program

By Kendra Brock
This year’s show opened with video of the Chinese flag being raised across the country.
Why the Mutually Assured Destruction Rhetoric in Hong Kong Is Dangerous
September 06, 2019

Why the Mutually Assured Destruction Rhetoric in Hong Kong Is Dangerous

By Brian Wong
To pull Hong Kong back from the edge, all potentially influential parties must act – with strategic savvy.

A Return to Normal for Beijing and Pyongyang?
September 06, 2019

A Return to Normal for Beijing and Pyongyang?

By Eleanor Albert
The chill between the two countries began to dissipate in early 2018 and ties have continued to warm.

Hong Kong Withdraws Extradition Bill That Sparked Protests
September 04, 2019

Hong Kong Withdraws Extradition Bill That Sparked Protests

By Katie Tam
Is it too little, too late?

Young Students Make Their Voices Heard in Hong Kong
September 04, 2019

Young Students Make Their Voices Heard in Hong Kong

By Bonnie Girard
The generation born under Chinese sovereignty in Hong Kong is pushing back on Beijing, too.
In Hong Kong, The World of Suzie Wong Became a War Zone
September 04, 2019

In Hong Kong, The World of Suzie Wong Became a War Zone

By Bonnie Girard
Over the weekend, protesters took over Wanchai District in Hong Kong.

Report: Solomon Islands ‘Clearly Leaning’ Toward Changing Recognition From Taipei to Beijing
September 03, 2019

Report: Solomon Islands ‘Clearly Leaning’ Toward Changing Recognition From Taipei to Beijing

By Ankit Panda
The Pacific Island state’s decision to switch would leave Taiwan with just 16 remaining diplomatic allies.
Economic Exchange Anchors China-Arab Ties
August 31, 2019

Economic Exchange Anchors China-Arab Ties

By Eleanor Albert
The China-Arab States Expo spotlights the growing economic relationship between China and the Middle East.

What Recent Promotions Tells Us About the ‘New Normal’ in China’s Military
August 30, 2019

What Recent Promotions Tells Us About the ‘New Normal’ in China’s Military

By Ying Yu Lin
After uncertainty caused by reform and anti-corruption, the PLA’s personnel management is returning to normal patterns.

High-Profile Arrests, Protest Ban Mark New Phase in Attempt to Quell Hong Kong Protests
August 30, 2019

High-Profile Arrests, Protest Ban Mark New Phase in Attempt to Quell Hong Kong Protests

By Shannon Tiezzi
The Hong Kong government doubles down on its current approach: clamping down on the protests and pro-democracy leaders.

China Rotates New Troops Into Hong Kong Amid Mass Protests
August 30, 2019

China Rotates New Troops Into Hong Kong Amid Mass Protests

By Ken Moritsugu and Yanan Wang
Chinese officials called the move a routine annual rotation, but it raised fresh worries about the possible use of force.
South China Sea Tops Agenda as Philippines’ Duterte Arrives in China
August 30, 2019

South China Sea Tops Agenda as Philippines’ Duterte Arrives in China

By Shannon Tiezzi
Both sides are emphasizing the disputed waters, but for different reasons.

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