Trial Balloon: Balancing Multiple Goals in U.S.-China Relations

CSIS Trustee Chair Scott Kennedy offers his commentary on how the Chinese surveillance balloon incident relates to the strategic challenges for the United States in managing a difficult relationship with China.

Commentary by Scott Kennedy — February 8, 2023

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Dire Straits: China’s Push to Secure Its Energy Interests in the Middle East

To meet its vast energy needs, China is expanding its footprint along the Strait of Hormuz—a vital chokepoint for transporting oil. As Beijing looks to secure its interests in the region, it may leverage commercial inroads to further military and intelligence activities.

Digital Report by Matthew P. Funaiole , Brian Hart , and Lily McElwee — February 3, 2023

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