Study Group on Constructive Engagement with China

Chair: Michel Oksenberg
Staff: Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies
November 1, 1995 - October 1, 1996

This study group evaluated Chinese participation in a range of international regimes and assessed the implications of its behavior for U.S. policy interests, focusing on ten issue areas of critical importance to the United States: human rights, telecommunications, environment, energy, security, the United Nations, civil aviation, legal reform, trade and investment, and banking and finance. The study group report, Shaping U.S.-China Relations: A Long-Term Strategy, sheds light both on the continuity in Chinese leaders' overarching foreign policy goals, strategies, and tactics and on the changes China has made in adapting its domestic institutions and policies to the demands of the international community. It articulates the ways in which the U.S. administration's policy of constructive engagement has influenced Chinese behavior at the domestic and international levels, and provides a set of recommendations as to whether the United States and its allies should continue to pursue this policy, how it might be modified to better serve U.S. interests, and whether an alternative policy altogether would be more effective. An edited volume with all ten case studies will be published in fall 1997.

Publications

Meetings

Study Group Meeting

Preparation of the Report

Presider:

Michel Oksenberg

Speaker:

Elizabeth C. Economy
October 11, 1996

This meeting is not for attribution.

Study Group Meeting

Engaging China: The Telecommunications Dimension

Panelist:

Michel Oksenberg

Speakers:

Todd Johnson, The World Bank, Frederick S. Tipson
July 18, 1996

This meeting is not for attribution.