Asia Program

Study Group: China's Role in Global Governance

Project Experts

Elizabeth C. Economy

C. V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies

Robert D. Blackwill

Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy

About the Project

As China’s global influence and ambitions continue to grow, its participation in international regimes is also evolving. Since the 1960s, China has gone from a wholesale rejection of the international system to active participation in many international bodies and treaties following its admission to the UN in 1972 and accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001. However, it is still unclear as to what role China will play in the current global system. Will it act as a disruptive, neutral, or supportive force?

This study group will explore how China interacts with different international regimes and the policies, ambitions, and political constraints that inform these interactions across a wide range of policy areas such as trade and investment, counter-terrorism, and human rights, among others. The study group will meet over the course of 2017-2018.

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