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Virtual Event | Beyond China's Black Box: Trends Shaping China’s Foreign and Security Policy Decision-Making under Xi Jinping

Apr 30, 2024
9:00am to 10:00am ET


China’s foreign and security policy decision-making apparatus is often described as a metaphorical black box. A new report from CNAS argues it is possible to develop a better understanding of the people, institutions, processes, and pressures that go into making China’s policies toward the world during Xi Jinping's “new era.”

On April 30, 2024, the Center for a New American Security hosted a virtual event featuring Jacob Stokes, Senior Fellow in the Indo-Pacific Security Program, CNAS; Jude Blanchette, Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Amanda Hsiao, Senior Analyst, China, International Crisis Group (ICG); and Rorry Daniels, Managing Director, Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI), and Senior Fellow, Center for China Analysis, ASPI. Panelists discussed the report's analysis and recommendations as well as larger trends in China’s foreign and security policy decision-making under Xi.


Jacob Stokes
Senior Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program

Jude Blanchette
Freeman Chair in China Studies

Amanda Hsiao
Senior Analyst, China

Rorry Daniels
Managing Director, ASPI, and Senior Fellow, Center for China Analysis

This event is part of High Stakes: Preparing the Next President, CNAS’s election-year initiative exploring the most pressing national security issues that will face the next administration. To learn more and to subscribe, visit

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