Jason Li

Research Associate

China, East Asia, Japan

Jason Li is a Research Associate with the East Asia program at the Stimson Center. His research focuses on U.S.-China relations, cross-Strait relations, grand strategy in the Indo-Pacific, and China’s approach to conflict issues in its periphery and the Middle East. He has also researched the nexus of Chinese infrastructure development and Beijing’s relations with developing countries. Prior to joining Stimson, Jason interned with the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Freeman Chair in China Studies. He holds a B.A. from McGill University where he graduated with first class honours in Political Science.


Improving U.S. and Japanese policymakers’ understanding of shared security and political challenges as both countries face new regional dynamics

Increasing military-to-military understanding between the United States and China.

Policy solutions and in-depth analysis of the complex relationship between mainland China and Taiwan

Creative approaches to Japan’s most significant international security and foreign policy challenges

A unique opportunity for Japanese security experts to conduct policy research in Washington, D.C.

Deepening understanding of China’s foreign policy behaviors and their motivations and impact

Deepening understanding of China’s participation in international conflict mediation and its impact

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China’s Conflict Mediation in Afghanistan

Examining how China’s interests and relationships fit into the conflict

Policy Memo
North Korea and China’s Year of Treading Water

China and North Korea have maintained their relationship in the pandemic, but 2021 prospects depend on Biden’s policies towards them

Taiwan Security Brief: 2020

Examining Taiwan’s policy decisions in 2020 on U.S.-Taiwan relations, cross-Strait relations, and domestic pandemic response

China’s Conflict Mediation in Myanmar

Examining how China’s interest and relationships fit into the conflict

A Shifting Focus of U.S. Arctic Policy: China and Security, Front and Center

This article was originally published by The Arctic Institute Center for Circumpolar Security Studies.

Taiwan’s Dynamic New Envoy to the U.S.

Hsiao Bi-khim’s coming to Washington marks a unique shift in U.S.-Taiwan relations at a critical time

Politics should take a back seat for the sake of Taiwanese still stranded in coronavirus-hit China

This Op-Ed was originally published in the South China Morning Post on March 11, 2020.

Audrey Tang on Taiwan’s Digital Democracy, COVID-19, and Combating Disinformation

Taiwan’s digital minister discusses the importance of open governance, multi-generational dialogue, and her work on an app in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Key Challenges in Japan’s Defense Policy

Policy briefs by Japanese security experts on Japan’s core security issues, from emerging domains to enduring challenges

A Cross-Strait Status Quo Ante

Despite Tsai’s landslide victory, domestic politics in Taiwan will keep the waters in the Taiwan Strait relatively calm

Solomon Islands: A Pacific Linchpin Is Pulled

This article was originally published by The Diplomat.

Disinformation, Cybersecurity, and Energy Challenges

This collection of essays examines three nontraditional challenges: disinformation, cybersecurity, and energy security. The three authors, who are emerging experts on Taiwan, assess their chosen topic by analyzing the Taiwan government’s current policies and making recommendations to increase security. The three articles show how these multifaceted security challenges require a more contemporary approach to security, and how Taiwan’s unique situation provides opportunities for innovation.


1955年,中国国务院总理周恩来在印度尼西亚万隆举行的亚非会议上主张并支持通过《关于促进世界和平与合作宣言》的十项原则。此后,最后公报中的一项原则,”不干预或干涉他国内政”,成为中国外交政策奉行的基石之一。在默认的互惠原则基础上,这种”互不干涉政策”也使中国放弃了干涉别国内政的能力。自那以来,即使中国今非昔比的全球经济影响力促使其在调解其他国家的内部冲突中发挥越来越积极的作用,尤其是在那些中国利益不断扩大的国家, 中国政府在其公开声明和战略信息中,坚持秉承“不干涉”原则的宗旨。 中国互不干涉政策的根…

Research Pages
China’s Emerging Role in Conflict Mediation

Stimson’s China program is conducting an ongoing research and dialogue project that examines China’s emerging role in conflict mediation globally. The project explores China’s foray into conflict mediation during a period of evolution in China’s multid…

Policy Paper
Great Power Mediation: Opportunities and Challenges for China

Kenneth A. Schultz is professor of political science and CISAC affiliated faculty member at Stanford University. His research examines international conflict and conflict resolution, with a particular focus on the domestic political influences on forei…

Conflict Mediation with Chinese Characteristics: How China Justifies Its Non-Interference Policy

In 1955, Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai advocated for and supported the adoption of a ten-point “declaration on promotion of world peace and cooperation” at the Afro-Asian Conference in Bandung, Indonesia. One principle from the final communiqué, the “abstention from intervention or interference in the internal affairs of another country,” has since been enshrined as one of China’s cornerstone foreign policy principles.

China’s Surreptitious Economic Influence on Taiwan’s Elections

In Taiwan’s local elections held on November 24, the Kuomintang (KMT) trounced the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Common in post-election reporting was the idea that cross-strait relations, one of the traditional defining issues in Taiwanes…

International Disaster Response: Rebuilding the Quad? Views from the Next Generation

In 2004, Australia, India, Japan, and the U.S. worked together to respond to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami. In 2007, these four countries formed the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – the Quad – seeking to deepen their cooperation, only to disban…

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