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.
In the latest Brookings Interview, experts discuss the changing nature of U.S.-China relations in the 21st century, as Washington and Beijing enter a period of deepening strategic competition across a range of geographic and functional domains.
On May 9, Brookings hosted Sen. Mark Warner for a conversation about what U.S. policymakers can do to better understand and counter new challenges that China poses for the West, particularly in the domain of technology.
The prevailing narrative in the United States is that President Xi Jinping is determined to take China in a new direction, a direction that many experts describe as increasingly illiberal at home and aggressive abroad. Nine new voices in the field of China studies critically assess this narrative, which could have profound policy consequences.