China’s foreign relations

As the opening-up of China’s markets continue, focus grows on its relationships with its neighbours and with the rest of the world.

Following 40 years of rapid economic growth, Beijing’s approach to foreign relations has shifted from defensive to expansive. In addition, Beijing is now seeking to change aspects of the existing liberal international order that it disagrees with, while adhering to aspects from which it benefits.

Chatham House research on China’s foreign relations examines the country’s relations within its neighbourhood, as well as the rest of the world.  Our work on the China-US relationship assesses the political, economic and social implications of the geopolitical competition: in the South China Sea and Indo-Pacific, through the rise of technological competition, as well as tensions over Taiwan.

It also examines opportunities for cooperation with China, for example, on climate change and the global economic recovery.