Meeting the Challenge of China in the Indo-Pacific

This project explores the potential for transatlantic cooperation on Indo-Pacific policy to manage the implications of China’s influence for security, defence, technology and trade.

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The US, Canada, the EU and a number of European states including the UK have shown heightened interest in the Indo-Pacific and concern about some aspects of China’s influence in the region. This transatlantic community shares similar views on regional trends and similar policy aims for security, trade and technology governance. Where assumptions and approaches differ, however, this has the potential to make cooperation harder, and even to create friction in transatlantic relations.

This project, led by RUSI and Chatham House, seeks to look beyond transatlantic policy actors' stated ambitions to evaluate their strategic approaches in the context of the perceptions and responses of key Indo-Pacific actors, thereby suggesting potential policy adaptations.

Government of Japan Standard Terms of Use (Ver.2.0) | G7 Schloss Elmau Summit

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Aims and objectives

Building on the conclusions of the RUSI–Chatham HouseTransatlantic Dialogue on China’ project, this second phase of work seeks to analyse the different transatlantic responses to China’s rise and their effects in the Indo-Pacific. The project will identify specific areas of actual and potential policy convergence and set out practical recommendations for how the transatlantic community can align and coordinate its activities in the Indo-Pacific to mitigate the evolving challenges that China poses both to stability in the region and to broader international norms, rules and institutions.

The research is shaped by the following questions:

  • What factors determine the emergence of transatlantic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, and how will it be put into practice?

  • How do Indo-Pacific actors perceive and respond to transatlantic interests and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region?

  • How should transatlantic actors adapt their policies in light of the regional response, and how – considering the findings of previous research – can they improve the practice and outcomes of cooperation?

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