In recent years, China has become more active in shaping global governance rules and standards on issues ranging from cyber security to nonproliferation through platforms such as the United Nations, BRICS, and its signature Belt and Road Initiative.
Since its unveiling in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has developed into a sweeping global project with profound implications for the international financial system, China’s own growth model, and governance in China and in countries along the Belt.
The Chinese government's emphasis on “Chinese characteristics” implies that it will conduct its international affairs in ways that align with traditional Chinese cultural values, rather than adopt models and principles from the West.
While the Trump administration has proposed to slash foreign aid by more than one-third, China is increasingly interacting with, and providing aid to, developing countries under the umbrella of South-South cooperation.
The Middle East continues to be an important source of security concerns as well as economic interests for the United States and China, yet the region stands precariously at the edge of conflict.
How will new developments influence relations between Russia, China, and the United States?
How will the shifting dynamics in Europe impact China’s future engagement with the region as well as inter-European relations and the international system more broadly?
President Trump’s policies have called into question the United States’ role in the world while China’s economic and political clout grows. What is the future of the U.S.-led order and the implications of a rising China?
As China continues to make further inroads in expanding economically and asserting itself in global affairs, what role could it play in solving some of today’s major crises?
The Trump administration is expected to release its nuclear policy review at the end of this year, which could make nuclear deterrence a central pillar of U.S. national security.