China

Chatham House research on China includes Chinese foreign and economic policy and China's role in global governance and the international legal order.

A key focus of this work considers the national, regional and global impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

As economic power and influence shifts globally and regionally, the EU-China 2025 project focuses on the economic relationship between the EU and China over the coming decade.

China has also come to play a leading role internationally on internet governance and, alongside countries including India and Japan, is developing its own telecoms infrastructure and hardware.

At the end of 2014, China announced its intention to become a normative power but what kind of normative power will it be? The International Law Programme and the Asia Programme have been tracking steps by China to realize this goal through their China and the Future of the International Legal Order project.

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The Colombo Port City infrastructure project in Sri Lanka, which has received Belt and Road-linked funding. Photo: Getty Images.
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How China Could Become a Global Leader in Sustainable Infrastructure

The Golden Bridge of the Silk Road sculpture built at Chang’an Street, Beijing, to celebrate National Day in 2016. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images.
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The Role of Investors in Promoting Sustainable Infrastructure Under the Belt and Road Initiative

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China’s Economic Challenges and Reform in the Xi Era

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The geography and geopolitics of the renminbi: a regional key currency in Asia

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The innovation imperative: technology and US–China rivalry in the twenty-first century

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China challenges global governance? The case of Chinese international development finance and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

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China's clear and present conundrum on the Korean peninsula: stuck between the past and the future

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Taiwan in a Changing Region

Narendra Modi visits the Terracotta Warriors exhibition on a visit to China in 2015. Photo: Getty Images.
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Internal Challenges Will Shape the Global Roles of India and China

Donald Trump talks to opera performers at the Forbidden City during a visit to Beijing in November 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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Tariff Dispute is Just One Tussle in Longer US–China Struggle

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What Next for China? President Xi Jinping’s Indefinite Rule

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Managing Risks Along the Belt and Road

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Governance, Leadership and Legitimacy in East Asia

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Belt and Road Forum in Yanqi Lake in May 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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Belt and Road Is Not a (Completely) Closed Shop

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China's Outlook and Changing Role in South Asia

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Will Trump make China great again? The belt and road initiative and international order

Zhou Xiaochuan at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in October 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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China’s Outgoing Central Bank Governor Leaves an Impressive but Fragile Legacy

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The Future of Chinese Foreign Policy: Implications for International Law

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Protecting the 'New Silk Road': What Role for the Private Sector?

Theresa May and her husband Philip visit the Yu Yuan Temple Gardens in Shanghai. Photo: Getty Images.
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May’s Visit Shows Why Britain Needs a More Strategic China Policy

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The Colombo Port City infrastructure project in Sri Lanka, which has received Belt and Road-linked funding. Photo: Getty Images.
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How China Could Become a Global Leader in Sustainable Infrastructure

Donald Trump talks to opera performers at the Forbidden City during a visit to Beijing in November 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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Tariff Dispute is Just One Tussle in Longer US–China Struggle

Narendra Modi visits the Terracotta Warriors exhibition on a visit to China in 2015. Photo: Getty Images.
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Internal Challenges Will Shape the Global Roles of India and China

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Belt and Road Forum in Yanqi Lake in May 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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Belt and Road Is Not a (Completely) Closed Shop

Zhou Xiaochuan at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in October 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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China’s Outgoing Central Bank Governor Leaves an Impressive but Fragile Legacy

Theresa May and her husband Philip visit the Yu Yuan Temple Gardens in Shanghai. Photo: Getty Images.
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May’s Visit Shows Why Britain Needs a More Strategic China Policy

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing. Photo: Getty Images.
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US Allies Aren’t Buying Its New Strategies to Confront China

A green power station in Chongqing uses waste to produce electricity. Photo: Getty Images.
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China Will Be Crucial to Creating a Global Circular Economy

Xi Jinping speaks at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China on 4 September. Photo: Getty Images.
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Time for China to Step Up in North Korea Crisis

A picture of Liu Xiaobo inside the Nobel Peace Centre on the day of his Peace Prize ceremony, 10 December 2010. Photo: Getty Images.
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China, Liu Xiaobo and the New Reality of Human Rights

Hong Kong and Chinese flags hang in preparation for President Xi Jinping's visit. Photo: Getty Images.
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‘Hong Kong is now in the hands of its people – they cannot rely on others to stick up for them now.’

Golden Bauhinia Square prepares for the anniversary commemorations. Photo: Getty Images.
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Twenty Years After Hong Kong Handover, Does ‘One Country, Two Systems’ Still Work?

On the newsstand in Beijing, magazines feature Donald Trump Xi Jinping. Photo: Getty Images.
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Trump-Xi Meeting Shows Asia Is Moving Into a New Era

Xi Jinping at the UN European headquarters in Geneva. Photo: Getty Images.
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China Paves Its Way in New Areas of International Law

A pro-democracy protester holds up a yellow umbrella in front of Carrie Lam and her defeated opponents John Tsang and Woo Kwok-hing. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images.
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What to Know About Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Election

Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang attend at the National People's Congress on 15 March. Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images.
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Political Transition Will Override China’s Policy Targets

Xi Jinping at Davos in January. Photo: Getty Images.
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China and the WTO: How US Unpredictability Jeopardizes a Decade and a Half of Success

A billboard in Beijing features US dollars. Photo: Getty Images.
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China’s Dollar Trap

Xi Jinping visits the Olympic Museum in Lausanne following his speech at Davos. Photo by Getty Images.
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Trumpian Isolationism Could Help China Become a Leader in International Law

Figurines of G20 country leaders at the 2016 Hangzhou Summit. Photo via Getty Images.
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Trump Shakes Up 2017 for China and Japan

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The Golden Bridge of the Silk Road sculpture built at Chang’an Street, Beijing, to celebrate National Day in 2016. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images.
Research paper

The Role of Investors in Promoting Sustainable Infrastructure Under the Belt and Road Initiative

International Affairs

The geography and geopolitics of the renminbi: a regional key currency in Asia

International Affairs

The innovation imperative: technology and US–China rivalry in the twenty-first century

International Affairs

China challenges global governance? The case of Chinese international development finance and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

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China's clear and present conundrum on the Korean peninsula: stuck between the past and the future

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Will Trump make China great again? The belt and road initiative and international order

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The US–Chinese power shift and the end of the Pax Americana

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US–China relations and the liberal world order: contending elites, colliding visions?

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Non-western visions of regionalism: China's New Silk Road and Russia's Eurasian Economic Union

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The BRICS - merely a fable? Emerging power alliances in global trade governance

The European Union (EU)–China Summit plenary session at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 12 July 2016. Photo: HOW HWEE YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images.
Joint Report

EU–China Economic Relations to 2025: Building a Common Future

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Security leverage, structural power and US strategy in east Asia

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Perspectives on the emerging role of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Japan's prime minister, Shinzō Abe, and India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, attend the East Asia Summit in Myanmar's capital, Naypyidaw, on 13 November 2014. Photo credit: © Christophe Archambault/Staff
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Creative Minilateralism in a Changing Asia: Opportunities for Security Convergence and Cooperation Between Australia, India and Japan

US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
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Pivotal Days: US–Asia-Pacific Alliances in the Early Stages of the Trump Administration

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Empire and emporium

Containers are loaded onto a freight train ahead of departure from DP World London Gateway’s rail freight depot in Corringham, on 10 April 2017, en route to Yiwu in the Chinese province of Zhejiang. Photo: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty Images.
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Brexit: Implications for EU–China Relations

A Filipino fisherman operates around Scarborough Shoal, South China Sea, near a Chinese coast guard ship on 13 December 2016. Photo: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images.
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China’s Evolving Approach to International Dispute Settlement

A couple walk past wallets with images of Chinese yuan banknotes and US dollar banknotes displayed at a store in Beijing, China, on 7 November 2014. Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
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Renminbi Internationalization: A Conflict of Statecrafts

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Is China eroding the bargaining power of traditional donors in Africa?

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