Yun Sun

Senior Associate
  • East Asia

Yun Sun is a senior associate with the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China's relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes. From 2011 to early 2014, she was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, jointly appointed by the Foreign Policy Program and the Global Development Program, where she focused on Chinese national security decision-making processes and China-Africa relations. From 2008 to 2011, Yun was the China Analyst for the International Crisis Group based in Beijing, specializing on China's foreign policy towards conflict countries and the developing world. Prior to ICG, she worked on U.S.-Asia relations in Washington, DC for five years. Yun earned her master's degree in international policy and practice from George Washington University, as well as an MA in Asia Pacific studies and a BA in international relations from Foreign Affairs College in Beijing. 


Selected Publications

"China Aims to Forge Ties as Elections Loom," The Bangkok Post, October 20, 2015

"Sino-Myanmar Relations in Myanmar's Election Year", Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 326, October 15, 2015 

"The domestic controversy over China's foreign aid and the implications for Africa", Brookings, October 8, 2015

"China-Russia relations: alignment without alliance", PacNet, October 7, 2015

"China-Africa Think Tanks Forum: China broadens soft power campaigns in Africa", Brookings, October 1, 2015 

"China's Preferred World Order: What Does China Want?" PacNet CSIS, September 21, 2015

"China's 3 Desires: More Influence, More Respect, and More Space," The National Interest, September 21, 2015

"China's Attitude toward Korean Unification," International Journal of Korean Unification Studies (24:2), August 31, 2015

"China and the Evolving Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank," Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA Report, July 2015

"How the International Community Changed China's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank," The Diplomat, July 31, 2015

"China and the Changing Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank," PacNet CSIS, July 28, 2015

"The Danger of Chinese Interference in Illegal Logging Case," The Irrawaddy, July 25, 2015

"China's Foreign Aid Reform and Implications for Africa," Brookings, July 1, 2015

"Other Perceptions of China: Views from Africa, Latin America and Europe," Brookings, May 27, 2015

"Despite Objections, China's Land Reclamation Difficult to Deter," Global Observatory, May 4, 2015

"The Limits of U.S.-China Cooperation in Africa," Brookings, April 6, 2015

"The UK Signs on to AIIB," East Asia Forum, March 19, 2015

"After Border Bombing, What's Next for Burma and China?" The Irrawaddy, March 18, 2015

"China's AIIB Challenges," PacNet CSIS, March 11, 2015

"Inserting Africa into China's One Belt, One Road Strategy: A New Opportunity for Jobs and Infrastructure," Brookings, March 2, 2015

"The Conflict in Northern Myanmar: Another American Anti-China Conspiracy?" Asia Pacific Bulletin, February 20, 2015

"Q&A: Who is Peng Jiasheng?" Interview with Voice of America, February 20, 2015

"The Kokang Conflict: How Will China Respond?" The Irrawaddy, February 18, 2015

"Illegal Logging in Myanmar and China's Complicity," The Mark News, January 29, 2015

"The Guilty and the Innocent: China and Illegal Logging in Myanmar," The Irrawaddy, January 22, 2015

"China's Approach to the Syrian Crisis: Beyond the United Nations," China Policy Institute Blog, December 15, 2014

"Myths of Suu Kyi's Mysterious Trip to China," The Irrawady, November 18, 2014

"Uighur Refugees in Southeast Asia Stoke Chinese Worry," The Interpreter, The Lowy Institute, November 6, 2014

"Gas Pains for China and Myanmar" Asia Times, October 14, 2014

"Picking Up Steam: The Expansion of Chinese Railways in Africa" Brookings, September 26, 2014

"China and the Rising Terrorist Threats in Africa: Time for U.S.-China Cooperation?" Brookings, September 10, 2014

"Myanmar's ASEAN Chairmanship," Stimson Center Issue Brief, September 2014

"Mugabe in China: Ties Renewed," Brookings, August 25, 2014

"China, Myanmar: Stop That Train," Asia Times, August 14, 2014

"The North Korea Contingency: Why China Will Not Coooperate," The Straits Times, August 8, 2014

"American and Chinese Trade with Africa: Rhetoric vs. Reality," The Hill, August 5, 2014

"Africa in China's New Foreign Aid White Paper," Brookings, July 16, 2014

"China's New Calculations in the South China Sea," Asia Pacific Bulletin No. 267, June 10, 2014

"Myanmar in US-China Relations," Stimson Center Issue Brief, June 2014

"The US and China in Africa: Competition or Cooperation?" Brookings, April 28, 2014

"Xi Jinping's Africa Policy: The First Year," Brookings, April 14, 2014

"China's Peaceful Rise: Peace Through Strength?", PacNet CSIS, April 1, 2014

"Africa in China's Foreign Policy," Brookings, April 2014

"US Energy Independence: Disaster or Blessing for China?", The Hill, March 20, 2014

"Why Russia and China Won't Join Forces Over Disputed Islands," Defense One, March 7, 2014

"China, Myanmar Face Myitsone Dam Truths," Asia Times, February 19, 2014

"China's Aid to Africa: Monster or Messiah?" Brookings, February 7, 2014

"Iran and Asia 1: China is the Quiet Giant," The Iran Primer, January 29, 2014

"China, the US and the Kachin Conflict," Stimson Center Issue Brief, January 2014 

"With Suu Kyi and China, It's Complicated," Irrawady, December 24, 2013

"China Adapts to New Myanmar Reality," Asia Times, December 23, 2013

"China's Third Plenum: Implications for Africa," Brookings, November 18, 2013

"China's New State Security Committee: Questions Ahead" PacNet CSIS, November 14, 2013

"Chinese Investment in Myanmar: What Lies Ahead?", Stimson Center Issue Brief, September 16, 2013

"Mali after the Election: Priorities of China and the U.S.", Brookings, July 26, 2013

"Obama-Xi Summit: Four Reasons Africa Deserves Attention at the Talks", Brookings, June 7, 2013

"China’s National Security Decision-making: Processes and Challenges", Brookings, May 2013

"China in Africa: Implications for U.S. Competition and Diplomacy", Brookings, April 2013

"Top Five Reasons Why Africa Should Be a Priority for the United States", Brookings, April 2013 

"China’s Tug of War", The Irrawaddy Magazine, April 9, 2013

"China’s Increasing Interests in Africa: Benign but Hardly Altruistic", Brookings, April 5, 2013

"China and the Changing Myanmar", Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, March 29, 2013

"BRICS and China’s Aspiration for the New ‘International Order'", Brookings, March 25, 2013

"China’s Intervention in the Myanmar-Kachin Peace Talk", Asia Pacific Bulletin, February 20, 2013

"Westward, Ho!", Foreign Policy, February 7, 2013

"March West: China’s Response to the U.S. Rebalancing", Brookings, January 31, 2013

"How China Views France’s Intervention in Mali: An Analysis", Brookings, January 23, 2013 

"Has China Lost Myanmar?", Foreign Policy, January 15, 2013

"China’s New Leadership and Sino-Africa Relations", Brookings, January 2013

"Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2013," Brookings, January 2013

"Obama in Burma", Brookings Institution, November 16, 2012

"Rowing Together: The Chinese Perspective on U.S.-China-ROK Trilateral Coordination on the Korean Peninsula", Institute of Foreign Policy Analysis, August, 2012

"U.S. Hopes for Economic Kick Start in Reformed Myanmar", Global Times, July 20, 2012

"The Logic of China's North Korea Policy", CSIS PacNet, June 21, 2012

"China's Strategic Misjudgment on Myanmar", Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, January 2012, 

"Syria: What China Has Learned from Its Libya Experience", Asia-Pacific Bulletin, February 27, 2012 

"Studying the South China Sea: The Chinese Perspective",  East and South China Sea Bulletin, Center for New American Security, January 9, 2012

"China's Public Opinion: Shaping China's Foreign Policy or Shaped by It?", Brookings, December 2011

"New Balance in China, Myanmar Ties", The Asia Times, October 13, 2011

"The Kachin Conflict: Are Chinese Dams To Blame?", CSIS PacNet, July 8, 2011

"China's Acquiescence on UNSCR 1937: No Big Deal", CSIS PacNet, March 31, 2011 

Publications in Chinese

"Reconsidering U.S. Policy towards Iran", China Business News, November 23, 2011

"U.S. Geopolitical Shifts in the Post 911 Era", China Business News, October 4, 2010

"Obama’s Afghanistan Withdrawal and Implication for China’s National Security", China Business News, December 9, 2009

"Obama’s New Foreign Policy Agenda", China Business News, June 1, 2009

"U.S. Retesting Leadership at G20", China Business News, April 6, 2009

"The New Strategic and Economic Dialogue", China Business News, April 3, 2009

"Obama’s Foreign Policy and Bipartisan Politics", China Business News, February 9, 2009

"Obama’s New Deal: Promises and Reality", China Business News, June 1, 2009

"Who Will Help Obama to Save American Economy", China Business News, November 10, 2008


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