Issue Brief Nov 28, 2022
How the Chinese government is financing its way to becoming a techno-superpower
By Ngor Luong
Beijing is committed to becoming a state-led and self-sufficient techno-superpower. In doing so, the Chinese government is consolidating its influence in both the domestic market and overseas markets where Chinese firms are active, while simultaneously mobilizing public, private, and public-private investment vehicles to support these tech ambitions.
The 20th Party Congress
What to watch during China’s 20th Party Congress
The National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, which happens once every five years, saw Xi Jinping continue to try to undermine the rules-based order and push back against US global power, Atlantic Council experts explain.
New Atlanticist Oct 17, 2022
Experts react: Xi solidifies his power at China’s Communist Party Congress. What should the world take away?
By Atlantic Council experts
We asked our China watchers to explain how the world should read Xi Jinping’s approach to the economy, Taiwan, and more.
New Atlanticist Oct 11, 2022
Your expert guide to China’s 20th Party Congress
By Atlantic Council experts
The once-in-five-years event is slated not only to further cement Xi Jinping’s rule but also to have impact on a number of policy areas, from China’s economy to its relationship with the Global South.
Issue Brief Oct 7, 2022
What Xi Jinping’s third term means for the world
By Michael Schuman
It has been widely believed for some time, both inside and outside of China, that current Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping will break with modern precedent and extend his reign into a third, five-year term. Xi, who also serves as the country’s president, has been working toward this outcome for years.
Recent Events Spotlight
Cross-Council China Spotlight
In the News Aug 3, 2022
Drun joins Jim Sciutto on CNN to discuss Speaker Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan
On August 3, 2022, Global China Hub fellow Jessica Drun was featured on CNN discussing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan. “What is important to focus on is to back the words that Pelosi said with action,” Drun tells Jim Sciutto, CNN Anchor and Chief National Security Correspondent. More about our expert
In the News Aug 3, 2022
Schuman in the Atlantic: The Gamble of Nancy Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan
On August 3, 2022, Global China Hub senior fellow Michael Schuman published an article in The Atlantic, “The Gamble of Nancy Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan.” “Taipei is celebrating; Beijing is seething. This may prove a consequential moment in a looming confrontation between China and the U.S. over not just the island’s future but the world’s.” […]
In the News Aug 4, 2022
Culver on Sinica Podcast: Another Taiwan Straits Crisis?
On August 4, 2022, Global China Hub senior fellow John K. Culver was featured on SupChina‘s Sinica Podcast, “Another Taiwan Straits Crisis? CIA veteran John Culver weighs in”. “[Xi Jinping] has a lot on his plate and he didn’t need a crisis on the Taiwan Strait, but since we’ve decided to give him one, then […]
In the News Jul 16, 2022
Gering and Thibaut on the China in Africa Podcast
On July 16, 2022, Global China Hub fellow Tuvia Gering and Digital Forensic Research Lab resident China fellow Kenton Thibaut appeared on the China in Africa Podcast to discuss China’s discourse power in Africa and the Global South. More about our experts
In the News Jul 15, 2022
Weinstein in Foreign Affairs: Making War More Difficult to Wage – How Ukraine Is Changing the West’s Use of Export Controls
On July 15, 2022, Global China Hub fellow Emily Weinstein published an article in Foreign Affairs, “Making War More Difficult to Wage: How Ukraine Is Changing the West’s Use of Export Controls.” More about our expert
In the News Jul 13, 2022
Schuman in the Atlantic: How China Wants to Replace the U.S. Order
On July 13, 2022, Global China Hub senior fellow Michael Schuman published an article in the Atlantic, “How China Wants to Replace the U.S. Order”. “What began as a trade war over Beijing’s discriminatory business practices and a tech war to dominate the industries of the future is now an ideas war—a battle to establish […]
The Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub researches and devises allied solutions to three of the greatest challenges posed by China’s rise: 1) China’s growing influence on countries, global institutions, and democratic values; 2) the global ramifications of political and economic change in Xi Jinping’s China; and 3) China’s drive to dominate emerging technologies and consequences for individual rights and privacy.
The Global China Hub addresses these challenges by amplifying and strategically expanding the Atlantic Council’s body of work on China, leveraging our values, extensive global network, and capacity for integrating insights and information across our 15 other programs and centers. In doing so, the Hub capitalizes on the Council’s unique capacity to ascertain “ground truth” on China’s global impact and to galvanize creative policy solutions among US and allied government stakeholders.
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At the heart of the Global China Hub is an initiative to capitalize on the breadth of the Atlantic Council’s geographic reach and expertise on China across everything from security, to energy, to technology, to the economy, to information integrity. The Global China Initiative draws these veins of work together to provide US and allied decision-makers with strategic solutions to the vexing questions posed by China’s rise.
What happens in China no longer stays in China. Chinese leaders’ approach to everything from economic reform to regulation of the tech industry to mounting political repression will affect China’s trajectory as a great power, with direct consequences for US and allied interests and values. China Inside Out will provide cutting-edge insights into the domestic drivers of China’s external behavior and shape more effective allied policy responses.
The competition is on to dominate the emerging technologies and industries of the future. At risk are not only the economic benefits associated with advantages in semiconductors, AI, quantum computing, robotics, and other domains, but the future of democracy and individual rights. Developing concrete steps to promote technological advances that bolster democratic governance and individual rights will help the United States and its allies outflank rather than react to China’s future techno-authoritarian efforts.
Global China Hub Staff
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Report May 11, 2022
China’s faltering “zero COVID” policy: Politics in command, economy in reverse
By Jeremy Mark, Michael Schuman
Could Beijing’s doubling down on the “zero COVID” policy undermine the narrative of China’s superiority in responding to the pandemic—and the image and stature of Xi’s rule?
Report Apr 20, 2022
China’s discourse power operations in the Global South
By Kenton Thibaut
An overview of China’s discourse power activities in the Global South, including the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. It outlines the processes through which China leverages its diplomatic, media, and political positions in these regions to gain influence, and assesses the impacts of these activities for democratic resilience worldwide.
Report Feb 16, 2022
Financing & genocide: Development finance and the crisis in the Uyghur Region
By Laura T. Murphy, Kendyl Salcito, Nyrola Elimä
A joint report that reveals how the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) has significant investments in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where indigenous peoples have been subjected to what international legislators, legal scholars, and advocates have determined to be a genocide.
Report Nov 2, 2021
Deterring Chinese strategic attack: Grappling with the implications of China’s strategic forces buildup
By Matthew Kroenig
To counter the increasing threat from China’s assertive foreign policy and growing nuclear capabilities, Matthew Kroenig outlines a strategy for Washington and allies to reliably deter Chinese strategic attack.
Report Oct 5, 2021
China Pathfinder: Annual Scorecard
By GeoEconomics Center and Rhodium Group
Over the past eight months, teams from the Atlantic Council and Rhodium Group have taken a dive into China’s economy to address a fundamental question: Is China becoming more or less like other open-market economies?
Issue briefs and reports Mar 22, 2021
The China plan: A transatlantic blueprint for strategic competition
By Hans Binnendijk, Sarah Kirchberger, James Danoy, Franklin D. Kramer, Connor McPartland, Christopher Skaluba, Clementine G. Starling, Didi Kirsten Tatlow
China presents the United States and its partners with the most serious set of challenges they have faced since the Cold War. To manage this challenge, transatlantic nations need a blueprint to build a common approach.
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