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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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Blinken’s China Visit: Has Rapprochement Run Its Course?

Blinken’s China Visit: Has Rapprochement Run Its Course?

By Anushka Saxena
Meaningful bilateral cooperation remains hindered by mistrust. That was made apparent during the U.S. secretary of state's latest trip to China.
Xi Jinping to Visit Europe for First Time in 5 Years

Xi Jinping to Visit Europe for First Time in 5 Years

By Shannon Tiezzi
The world – and China-EU relations in particular – look quite different today than they did in 2019.

New Chief in Town: Can Wu Qing Halt the Decline of China’s Stock Market?

New Chief in Town: Can Wu Qing Halt the Decline of China’s Stock Market?

By Lizzi C. Lee
The “Brokerage Butcher” is now the chair of the CSRC, with a mandate to address long-standing inefficiencies and rejuvenate market stability.

As US Tech Firms Bow to China’s Censorship, Chinese Users Risk Everything to Defy It

As US Tech Firms Bow to China’s Censorship, Chinese Users Risk Everything to Defy It

By Yaqiu Wang
Apple continues to remove the tools that ordinary citizens rely on for unfettered speech, even as some use any means possible to speak up.

Chinese Analysts See Little Gain From Blinken’s Visit

Chinese Analysts See Little Gain From Blinken’s Visit

By Hemant Adlakha
Semi-official media outlets have taken an unusually strident tone in denouncing the secretary of state's trip to China, urging Beijing to take a harder line.
China Launches New 3-member Crew to Its Space Station

China Launches New 3-member Crew to Its Space Station

By Andy Wong and Simina Mistreanu
This year, the Chinese station is slated for two cargo spacecraft missions and two manned spaceflight missions.

With Blinken in China, Beijing Deprioritizes Taiwan

With Blinken in China, Beijing Deprioritizes Taiwan

By Jasmine Lee
China's emphasis on Taiwan has weakened, even though China-U.S. relations are currently in a more stable phase.
The Sexual Revolution Behind China’s Demographic Crisis

The Sexual Revolution Behind China’s Demographic Crisis

By Gabriele Manca
The “one-child policy” didn’t just artificially limit births; it dramatically reshaped the way Chinese society – particularly women – thinks about sex.

Top Chinese General Takes Harsh Line on Taiwan, Other Disputes at International Naval Gathering

Top Chinese General Takes Harsh Line on Taiwan, Other Disputes at International Naval Gathering

By Ng Han Guan and Christopher Bodeen
Central Military Commission Vice Chair Zhang Youxia said China’s territorial sovereignty “brooks no infringement” and “cannot be challenged.”

Hong Kong and the Safeguarding National Security Bill

Hong Kong and the Safeguarding National Security Bill

By KURATA Toru
What comes next?

The Key Takeaways From Chinese FM Wang Yi’s Visit to Indonesia

The Key Takeaways From Chinese FM Wang Yi’s Visit to Indonesia

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Yeta Purnama
Wang's visit is another sign that Beijing wants to get off on the right foot with the incoming Indonesian administration.
Parsing China’s Panda Diplomacy

Parsing China’s Panda Diplomacy

By Jeremiah May
Beijing seems less inclined to loan the famous bears to countries that criticize its behavior. So why did Xi Jinping decide to give pandas back to the U.S.?

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