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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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The Re-emergence of an ‘Aerospace Clique’ in Chinese Politics?
February 19, 2022

The Re-emergence of an ‘Aerospace Clique’ in Chinese Politics?

By Marcus Clay
The rise of aerospace specialists like Ma Xingrui and Zhang Hongwen is a notable exception to the Xi era turn away from technocracy and engineer-politicians.
China’s Insistence on ‘Zero COVID’ in Hong Kong Has a Deeper Meaning
February 18, 2022

China’s Insistence on ‘Zero COVID’ in Hong Kong Has a Deeper Meaning

By William Nee
Beijing’s attack on Hong Kong’s elite may have consequences that outlast the pandemic.

Why China Will Not Support a Russian Invasion of Ukraine
February 17, 2022

Why China Will Not Support a Russian Invasion of Ukraine

By Mu Chunshan
The reputational cost – both on the international stage and with the Chinese people – would be great if Beijing threw its support behind Russian aggression.

What Does China’s Horn of Africa Envoy Mean for Its Non-Intervention Principle?
February 17, 2022

What Does China’s Horn of Africa Envoy Mean for Its Non-Intervention Principle?

By Ovigwe Eguegu
China’s approach to security issues is meant to be in line with African frameworks, in accordance with the principle of non-intervention.

Xi Urges Hong Kong to Get Control as COVID-19 Cases Surge
February 16, 2022

Xi Urges Hong Kong to Get Control as COVID-19 Cases Surge

By Alice Fung and David Rising
Hong Kong is facing its worst outbreak of the pandemic but doggedly persists in matching the mainland’s “zero-COVID” strategy.
Taiwan’s Tsai Lifts Import Ban on Food From Nuclear Disaster-Hit Area of Japan
February 16, 2022

Taiwan’s Tsai Lifts Import Ban on Food From Nuclear Disaster-Hit Area of Japan

By Brian Hioe
The import ban on foods from Fukushima and nearby provinces has long been a stumbling block to closer economic relations between Taiwan and Japan, but Tsai Ing-wen is taking a political gamble by lifting the restrictions.

Beijing’s Ambitious Olympic COVID Bubble: So Far, So Good
February 12, 2022

Beijing’s Ambitious Olympic COVID Bubble: So Far, So Good

By Huizhong Wu and Ken Moritsugu
With the Games nearly halfway done, China is meeting its formidable Olympics challenge: welcoming 15,000 visitors without giving up on its “zero-COVID” strategy.
China’s Focus on Food Security
February 12, 2022

China’s Focus on Food Security

By Genevieve Donnellon-May
What Xi Jinping’s latest comments on food security suggest about China’s priorities for 2022.

Foreign Judges Are Enabling Hong Kong’s Legal Crackdown
February 11, 2022

Foreign Judges Are Enabling Hong Kong’s Legal Crackdown

By Eric Lai
A Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker is in jail because of a court ruling endorsed by a U.K. judge.

Argentina Joins China’s Belt and Road
February 10, 2022

Argentina Joins China’s Belt and Road

By Marc Lanteigne
The Argentine president’s attendance at the Beijing Winter Olympics brought big strides in the relationship.

Taiwan, Somaliland Ties Growing Despite Diplomatic Isolation
February 10, 2022

Taiwan, Somaliland Ties Growing Despite Diplomatic Isolation

By Associated Press
Somaliland broke away from Somalia in 1991 and has no formal diplomatic relations with any nation; Taiwan’s allies have dwindled over the years.
Hong Kong’s Zero-COVID Approach Meets Growing Frustration
February 10, 2022

Hong Kong’s Zero-COVID Approach Meets Growing Frustration

By Alice Fung and David Rising
“This is insane… There is no way to reach zero cases.”

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