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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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As Leaders Meet, Chinese Hope for End to ‘Zero-COVID’ Limits
October 22, 2022

As Leaders Meet, Chinese Hope for End to ‘Zero-COVID’ Limits

By Emily Wang and Tian Ji
Many Chinese are growing tired of constant testing and sudden quarantines, but any hope for a change appears to be wishful thinking.
China Speeds up Its ‘Look West’ Strategy
October 22, 2022

China Speeds up Its ‘Look West’ Strategy

By Nian Peng
Central Asia is becoming more and more crucial to China’s interests, and Beijing’s recent diplomacy reflects that.

Will the BRI Survive Economic Decoupling?
October 21, 2022

Will the BRI Survive Economic Decoupling?

By Federico Jensen
Ironically, many projects within the BRI are the precondition for a successful decoupling from China.

How Long Can Beijing Avoid Accountability for Its Abuses in Xinjiang?
October 20, 2022

How Long Can Beijing Avoid Accountability for Its Abuses in Xinjiang?

By Angeli Datt
A new report on the CCP regime’s global media influence suggests that it remains vulnerable to democratic pushback.

How Asia’s Digital Governance Beacon Balances Data Privacy and the ‘Public Good’
October 20, 2022

How Asia’s Digital Governance Beacon Balances Data Privacy and the ‘Public Good’

By Sam Robbins and Chia-Shuo Tang
Taiwan’s government has immense amounts of health data on its population. What it can do with that data is the subject of a decade-long lawsuit.
Hong Kong Offers New Visa to Woo Talent Amid Brain Drain
October 19, 2022

Hong Kong Offers New Visa to Woo Talent Amid Brain Drain

By Kanis Leung and Zen Soo
The new Top Talent Pass Scheme targets those with high salaries or degrees from top universities. 

Chinese Consulate in UK Accused of Assaulting Protesters
October 18, 2022

Chinese Consulate in UK Accused of Assaulting Protesters

By Sylvia Hui
China's Foreign Ministry defended its staff as taking “necessary measures” to protect the Chinese Consulate in Manchester.
Xi’s Work Report to the 20th Party Congress: 5 Takeaways
October 18, 2022

Xi’s Work Report to the 20th Party Congress: 5 Takeaways

By Shannon Tiezzi
From COVID-19 and China's economy to Taiwan and the BRI, what did Xi's big speech tell us about China's future policies?

Why the West Once Thought Xi Jinping Would Be a Reformer
October 15, 2022

Why the West Once Thought Xi Jinping Would Be a Reformer

By Igor Patrick
As China prepares to crown Xi for a controversial third term this weekend, it is imperative to understand how the West went wrong in expecting him to be a progressive leader.

Taiwan Intelligence Chief Pictures Reignite Debate Over Chinese Disinformation Ops
October 14, 2022

Taiwan Intelligence Chief Pictures Reignite Debate Over Chinese Disinformation Ops

By Brian Hioe
A scandal involving the director-general of Taiwan’s National Security Bureau has raised concerns about Chinese disinformation, particularly as amplified by domestic media outlets.

What’s at Stake for Africa in China’s 20th Party Congress?
October 14, 2022

What’s at Stake for Africa in China’s 20th Party Congress?

By Judith Mwai
For African governments, China’s party congress is about more than Xi Jinping.
Xi Jinping Has Critics in China. They Have Paid a Steep Price.
October 14, 2022

Xi Jinping Has Critics in China. They Have Paid a Steep Price.

By William Nee
Human rights defenders in China face arrest and lengthy detention for calling out Xi’s mistakes.

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