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Introducing CFR’s China Strategy Initiative

Competition with China poses a challenge unlike any the United States has faced before. To meet the challenge, CFR's new China Strategy Initiative will answer the questions that go to the heart of American China strategy through fresh analysis, granular policy recommendations, and convenings with experts from around the world.

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Core Questions and Programs

The China Strategy Initiative will launch cross-cutting programs to address four foundational questions.

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The China Policy Accelerator will produce actionable policy recommendations on what the United States should do not just abroad but at home, from fixing the defense industrial base to securing critical infrastructure from cyberattack.
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  • Why China Would Struggle to Invade Taiwan

    Although China’s ambition to gain control of Taiwan is clear, doing so through force would prove enormously difficult and costly.

    A Taiwanese soldier stands in a line during the Han Kuang military exercise.
  • Tracking China’s Control of Overseas Ports

    This interactive map tracks China’s growing maritime influence through investments in strategic overseas ports.

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  • U.S.-China Relations

    The United States and China have one of the world’s most important and complex bilateral relationships. Since 1949, the countries have experienced periods of both tension and cooperation over issues including trade, climate change, and Taiwan.

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