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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.

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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Great powers

How is China navigating relations with other major powers?

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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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Regional influence and strategy

China now touches virtually every region in the world — how is China’s increasing involvement impacting South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, 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 is contesting the US-led order

Rush Doshi, Lindsey W. Ford, and Ryan Hass

Tuesday, October 13, 2020


The global competition to govern digital trade

Joshua P. Meltzer and David Dollar

Monday, October 12, 2020


Global China’s energy and climate policies

Jeffrey Ball, Lindsey W. Ford, and Samantha Gross

Friday, September 18, 2020


Global China in the Middle East

Lindsey W. Ford, Bruce Riedel, and Natan Sachs

Tuesday, July 28, 2020


Global China’s ambitions in the Indian Ocean region

Lindsey W. Ford, Zach Vertin, and Joshua T. White

Tuesday, June 16, 2020


Technology competition between the US and a Global China

Lindsey W. Ford, Chris Meserole, and Tom Stefanick

Tuesday, May 5, 2020


5G Deployment and Digital Competition with China

Margaret Taylor, Tom Wheeler, and Nicol Turner Lee

Friday, May 1, 2020


Global China’s advanced technology ambitions

Lindsey W. Ford, Saif M. Khan, and Remco Zwetsloot

Tuesday, April 28, 2020


Global China’s relationship with Europe

Lindsey W. Ford and Thomas Wright

Tuesday, February 25, 2019


Global China’s ambitions across East Asia

Lindsey W. Ford, Richard C. Bush, Jonathan Stromseth, and Lynn Kuok

Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Global China’s plan for overseas military bases

Lindsey W. Ford, Mara Karlin, and Leah Dreyfuss

Friday, October 4, 2019


Deterring military conflict with a global China

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

Thursday, October 3, 2019


Chinese domestic politics in the rise of global China

Lindsey W. Ford and Cheng Li

Wednesday, October 2, 2019


How might a global China use economic sanctions?

Lindsey W. Ford and Richard Nephew

Tuesday, October 1, 2019


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

Lindsey W. Ford, Tarun Chhabra, and Ryan Hass

Monday, September 30, 2019


19 Oct 2020
21 Sept 2020

Past Event

Global China: Examining China’s approach to global governance and norms

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM EDT

Online Only

29 July 2020
8 May 2020
25 Feb 2020

Past Event

Global China: Assessing China’s relations with the great powers

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EDT

Washington, DC

2 Dec 2019

Past Event

Global China: Assessing China’s role in East Asia

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Washington, DC

1 Oct 2019
9 May 2019

Past Event

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

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM EDT

Washington, DC


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