About the project

The choices America makes in its competition with China will have far reaching consequences. Given the stakes involved, it is essential that American leaders deeply interrogate trade-offs and second-order effects of policy options. To support this process, the Brookings Institution is launching Phase 3 of its Global China Project. The Brookings Institution will use this phase to convene experts to rigorously examine decisions facing U.S. policymakers on China.

The goal of this phase is to create space for robust debate on foundational questions that will inform America’s policy direction on China for the next decade and beyond. Questions include: Should the US pursue a new Cold War with China? Is it necessary for the US to seek to limit China’s economic growth in order to protect itself? Should the United States change its policies around Taiwan in light of China’s growing coercion toward the island and shifting military balance in the Taiwan Strait? And how concerned should the United States be with China and Russia’s alignment against the “West”?

This series builds upon the research and analysis of the first two phases. The first phase of the Global China project explored the implications of China’s emergence as a truly global actor. The second phase generated original policy proposals for addressing various facets of China’s emergence as a global actor.