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Global China


From a potential “responsible stakeholder” to a “strategic competitor,” the U.S. government’s assessment of China has changed dramatically in recent years. China has emerged as a truly global actor, impacting every region and every major issue area. To better address the implications for American policy and the multilateral order, Brookings scholars are undertaking a two-year project—“Global China: Assessing China’s Growing Role in the World”—intended to furnish policymakers and the public with a new empirical baseline for understanding China’s regional and global ambitions.

Convened by Brookings Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Bruce Jones, the initiative will draw not only on Brookings’s deep bench of China and East Asia experts, but also the tremendous breadth of the institution’s security, strategy, regional studies, technological, and economic development experts. By tapping a range of resident and non-resident Brookings scholars, the project will assess the trajectory of China’s influence in Asia and other regions, as well as its growing influence on key issue domains and institutions.

Areas of focus will include the trajectory of China’s domestic institutions and foreign policy; strategic competition and great power rivalry; the emergence of critical technologies; East Asian security; China’s influence in key regions from Europe to Southeast Asia; and China’s impact on global governance and norms.


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Domestic politics and foreign policy

How do President Xi Jinping’s personal ambitions and the centralization of power in the Chinese Communist Party affect China’s approach to foreign policy?

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Domains of strategic competition

What are the implications of Chinese activity across various strategic domains — security, infrastructure, economic statecraft, and more — for the United States?

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East Asia

How does China view its strategic requirements in East Asia as it expands its global influence and footprint?

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China aspires to global technology leadership. Can it achieve its ambitions? What would the impacts be at home and abroad?

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Great powers

How is China navigating relations with other major powers?

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Regional influence and strategy

China now touches virtually every region in the world — how is China’s increasing involvement impacting Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere?

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Global governance and norms

From human rights to energy to trade and beyond, how is China approaching global norms and norm development?

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Global China’s plan for overseas military bases

Lindsey Ford, Mara Karlin, and Leah Dreyfuss

Friday, October 4, 2019


Deterring military conflict with a global China

Lindsey Ford, Michael E. O’Hanlon, and Caitlin Talmadge

Thursday, October 3, 2019


Chinese domestic politics in the rise of global China

Lindsey Ford and Cheng Li

Wednesday, October 2, 2019


How might a global China use economic sanctions?

Lindsey Ford and Richard Nephew

Tuesday, October 1, 2019


What does a global China mean for the US and the world?

Lindsey Ford, Tarun Chhabra, and Ryan Hass

Monday, September 30, 2019


2 Dec

Upcoming Event

Global China: Assessing China’s role in East Asia

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Washington, DC

1 Oct
9 May

Past Event

Global China: Assessing China’s growing role in the world

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM EDT

Washington, DC


Anna Newby, Communications Director & Managing Editor, Foreign Policy Program, 202-797-6083.

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