About the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

The Mission of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute is to Ensure that Informed Engagement Remains the Cornerstone of U.S.-China Relations.

Dr. Henry Kissinger believes that a strong relationship between China and the United States is vital to geopolitical security. Both American and Chinese leaders seek his expertise because his advice is:

  • Informed by study of the history and values that shape Chinese and American policy;
  • Direct in addressing challenges in the relationship; and
  • Balanced in treating both nations in a critical, respectful manner.

A comprehensive approach to U.S.-China policy must be based not only on American interests, but on an understanding of the cultural foundations of Chinese strategy as well. The Kissinger Institute is uniquely positioned to gather and present that perspective by working with Chinese institutions and through the type of policy-relevant research that is the hallmark of the Wilson Center. 

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The Latest from the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

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U.S. China Policy: Accommodate or Double Down?

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May 27, 2015
Two recent reports have triggered a discussion surrounding the evolution of US policy toward China. The fundamental choice confronting policymakers is whether to respond to China’s rise by accommodating its ambitions or to challenge the People’s Republic by attempting to reassert or double down on American preeminence in the Asia-Pacific region. Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly explains the options during this edition of Wilson Center NOW. more

Japan's Vision Toward China: Conflict and Cooperation in a New Asian Order?

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June 04, 2015 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Tensions between Tokyo and Beijing continue over islands in the East China Sea, while the two sides continue to be at loggerheads over the historical memory of World War II. Join us for a discussion on how Japan sees its relations with China evolving, and the diplomatic, economic, and security challenges Tokyo faces in dealing with its neighbor. more
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Blurring Borders: National, Subnational, and Regional Orders in East Asia

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June 01, 2015 // 8:30am3:30pm
In Japan and China, resurgent nationalism has reinforced the political importance of the region’s most powerful nation-states, fed international tensions in the region, and created additional challenges for U.S. policy. more

A U.S.-China Grand Bargain?

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May 12, 2015
China’s growing military power has fueled a security competition with the United States, increasing the risk of war between the two countries. To reduce this likelihood, the United States and China should negotiate a grand bargain in which the United States ends its commitment to defend Taiwan, and China agrees to resolve its maritime territorial disputes peacefully and accepts the United States’ long-term military presence in East Asia. more

Engage China & Russia with Issues, Not Scolding

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May 05, 2015
China and Russia demonstrate a growing affinity in their national interests and diplomatic styles. Americans have often dismissed Chinese and Russian international ventures with broad attacks understood by Chinese and Russians as cultural condescension and used by their presidents to consolidate domestic support. The United States would engage China and Russia more effectively by focusing debate on specific policy issues and omitting more general criticism. more

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