As the United States enters a “post-Afghanistan era” and with great power competition on the rise, questions abound about the role of the world’s major powers, and the multilateral institutions they lead, in preventing conflict. Many of these questions are rightly being asked about the People’s Republic of China. As it has become a more powerful and influential actor—economically, politically, and militarily—China has demonstrated growing interest in playing a larger role in preventing international conflict through both multilateral and bilateral frameworks.

On September 14, USIP hosted a discussion on its new Peaceworks report, China and the Reshaping of Global Conflict Prevention Norms. This report examines China’s influence on established global conflict prevention norms. It observes that China’s approach rests on strong state capacity to deliver domestic stability embedded in international norm-shaping efforts underway as part of China’s overall strategy in relation to global security. Additionally, it finds that China’s activities in this area have a coherence that requires a similarly coherent response from the United States. 


Rosie Levineopening remarks
Senior Program Analyst, China Program, United States Institute of Peace

Carla Freeman
Senior Expert, China Program, United States Institute of Peace

Bates Gill
Executive Director, Center for China Analysis, Asia Society Policy Institute

Alison McFarland
Program Specialist for Research, China Program, United States Institute of Peace

Susan V. Lawrence, moderator
Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service 

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