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Competition with China

The United States and China are in a competition to shape the rules and values of the 21st century. At stake is whether the prevailing international order endures, or whether Beijing’s vision—a world defined by great power spheres of influence, state-driven economic interactions, and creeping authoritarianism—will become the global reality.

Areas of focus for the CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Program include developing alternatives to China’s Belt and Road vision of global connectivity, blunting China’s digital expansion, addressing Beijing’s influence in international organizations, and positioning the United States to compete with China in the Middle East.

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