This installment of the Brookings Foreign Policy series “Global China: Assessing China’s Growing Role in the World” helps illuminate China’s expanding global influence in domains of strategic competition, as well as domestic trends in law and leadership politics that may inform China’s trajectory.
As China continues to develop the ways in which it counters terrorism at home, it has also begun to export its version of counterterrorism methods abroad.
As a result of dynamics in both Washington and Beijing, nuclear competition between the United States and China is almost certain to intensify.
In the near to medium term, China will likely continue to forgo formal military alliances and full-fledged bases, and instead seek to develop partnerships that allow it access to its expanding interests.
It is neither credible nor wise to promise allies massive U.S. military responses to limited aggression by China or another power. Washington needs a more believable, and feasible, approach.
While seemingly aimed at regional economic corridors, the Belt and Road Initiative is in fact global and motivated by economic and strategic interests. In Africa, experiences with BRI are mixed.
Given the likelihood of competition, the United States should add sanctions development to its crisis management process, and increase intelligence and analytical capabilities that focus directly on Chinese sanctions doctrine and practice.