Part of the East Asia program, the Stimson Center’s China program examines the political, security, and economic challenges that face the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan. Additionally, the China program assesses cross-Strait relations and the United States' impact and role, as well as China’s relations with the neighboring region and developing countries.
The Stimson Center’s China program provides expert perspectives on the critical roles of the PRC and Taiwan in a shifting world order. While cross-Strait tensions have lessened in recent years, the PRC’s dramatic rise continues to cause concern in Taiwan, as well as the broader region. Beijing’s relations with its other neighbors are therefore important topics of focus. The program looks extensively at China’s relations with neighboring countries as a part of its broader foreign policy. The project “Great Powers and the Changing Myanmar” particularly examines China’s role in Myanmar’s development since the beginning of its democratic reform process.
Through a multifaceted approach to foreign policy analysis, the Stimson Center’s China program produces effective and innovative analysis on a wide range of challenges in the Asia-Pacific. Stimson’s experts make frequent trips to the region, holding dialogues with government officials and leading academics in order to better understand the salient issues and perspectives in the region. The topics cover a wide range of issues, from foreign investment to the changing regional architecture. Upon return, the program disseminates findings and research by convening private workshops and public seminars, as well as releasing publications on the topic. Through such events and publications, the program is able to provide academics and policymakers both in Washington, D.C. and East Asia a pragmatic perspective on the foreign and security policy challenges facing China.
The Stimson Center’s China program has produced substantive analysis on current issues facing China’s foreign and security policies. Through in-depth comprehensive analysis, the East Asia program informs the policymaking community and makes recommendations not only for the U.S. but also for the two cross-Strait actors. Additionally, by providing an informed, objective perspective on China’s bilateral relationships with the U.S., Myanmar, Africa, and numerous other key players in the Asia-Pacific, Stimson’s expert analysts have provided pragmatic solutions for today’s global security challenges.