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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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As Myanmar Coup Intensifies Regional Human Trafficking, How Will China Respond?
August 23, 2022

As Myanmar Coup Intensifies Regional Human Trafficking, How Will China Respond?

By Debby S. W. Chan
The growth of human rights atrocities in Myanmar has spilled over to the region – including Chinese nationals forced into labor.
China Fights Brush Fires, Extends Power Rationing in Drought
August 23, 2022

China Fights Brush Fires, Extends Power Rationing in Drought

By Associated Press
The drought and heat in southwest China are wilting crops and causing power shortages amid China’s hottest and driest summer on record.

China Moves to Fill The Void Left By Russia Sanctions – On Its Own Terms
August 20, 2022

China Moves to Fill The Void Left By Russia Sanctions – On Its Own Terms

By François Chimits and Antonia Hmaidi
Six months into the Ukraine war, China has not hesitated to fill the void left by OECD disengagement with Russia – but is taking care not to compromise its own economic interests in the process.

How Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan Drove Chinese Public Opinion Toward Reunification by Force
August 19, 2022

How Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan Drove Chinese Public Opinion Toward Reunification by Force

By Leo Chu
Since Pelosi’s visit, the future of the cross-strait issue has surged toward military conflict, as the Chinese public started to dismiss the possibility of peaceful reunification.

China’s Anger Over Pelosi Visit Will Further Alienate Taiwanese
August 18, 2022

China’s Anger Over Pelosi Visit Will Further Alienate Taiwanese

By Koji Kagotani and Wen-Chin Wu
China’s warnings against the U.S. House Speaker’s trip will induce political backlash in Taiwan, and increase support for hard-line policies against Beijing.
The War in Ukraine Is Not a Watershed in China-EU Relations – Yet
August 17, 2022

The War in Ukraine Is Not a Watershed in China-EU Relations – Yet

By Yaning Zhang
Against the context of all-out strategic rivalry between the U.S. and China, both Brussels and Beijing have good reasons to continue engaging with each other.

Following China’s Military Drills, Taiwan Settles Into New Normal
August 16, 2022

Following China’s Military Drills, Taiwan Settles Into New Normal

By Brian Hioe
China's live-fire drills did not spark much fear in Taiwan, where frequent Chinese military activities have long become a reality.
Do Legislative Visits Actually Help Taiwan?
August 15, 2022

Do Legislative Visits Actually Help Taiwan?

By Andrei Lungu
Instead of deterring China, such visits in fact increase the risk of an invasion of Taiwan, because they create a nefarious incentive for it.

The Realist Underpinnings of China’s Taiwan Strategy
August 13, 2022

The Realist Underpinnings of China’s Taiwan Strategy

By Corey Lee Bell
Yes, “reunification” is a matter of national pride and prestige for China. But isolating Taiwan also serves a critical strategic function – and that helps explain Beijing’s response to Pelosi’s visit.

Hong Kongers in Exile Fight for Their Truth – and Ukrainians 
August 12, 2022

Hong Kongers in Exile Fight for Their Truth – and Ukrainians 

By Allia Bukhari
Hong Kongers say both communities share a common struggle to defend democracy and freedom in Asia and Europe respectively.

Xi, Henan, and China’s Growing Financial Crisis
August 11, 2022

Xi, Henan, and China’s Growing Financial Crisis

By Ahana Roy and Siddhant Nair
Recent protests in Henan underscored the risks facing China's banks as the real estate sector continues to struggle.
China’s New White Paper Lays out Vision for Post ‘Reunification’ Taiwan
August 11, 2022

China’s New White Paper Lays out Vision for Post ‘Reunification’ Taiwan

By Shannon Tiezzi
For the first time, Beijing leaves open the possibility of an extended military occupation after unification, adding to fears that Taiwanese would be subject to a “re-education” campaign.

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