September 15, 2021

China is in a greater state of flux in its domestic politics and foreign policy than in any time since the reform era began. China’s domestic and foreign policies have become more autocratic at home and confrontational abroad, with more changes coming. The resulting challenges to the United States and the world posed by China are numerous and rapidly evolving. In response, America and other countries will need to keep revising their strategies toward China.

In a new report, “China’s New Direction: Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Policy,” leading U.S. experts on China weigh in with insights on major changes in China and recommendations for U.S. policy going forward.

China’s New Direction: Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Policy is the third report of the Task Force on U.S.-China Policy, since it formed in 2015.  It follows U.S. Policy Toward China (2017) and Course Correction (2019). The Task Force has also produced several issue-specific studies, including on Chinese malign influence activitiesChina as a transatlantic challenge, and science and technology competition.


  • Thomas J. Christensen, Director of the China and the World Program, Columbia University

  • M. Taylor Fravel, Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science and Director of the Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Jessica Chen Weiss, Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University

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