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Yun Sun

Yun Sun is director of the China program and co-director of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, US-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes.
From 2011 to 2014, she was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, jointly appointed by the foreign policy program and the global development program, where she focused on Chinese national security decision-making processes and China-Africa relations. From 2008 to 2011, Sun was based in Beijing as the China analyst for the International Crisis Group, specializing in China's foreign policy toward conflict countries and the developing world. Prior to ICG, she worked on US-Asia relations in Washington, DC for five years.

Articles By Yun Sun

China Sees No Return on Investment in Biden’s ‘Compartmentalized’ Cooperation By Yun Sun - Oct 8, 2021

Recent efforts by the Biden administration to engage with Beijing have been little short of a disaster. A visit by deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman in July was met with two Chinese lists of demands for US policy changes. John Kerry, Biden’s climate change envoy, traveled to Beijing a month later and received a … Continue reading “China Sees No Return on Investment in Biden’s ‘Compartmentalized’ Cooperation”

China Cautiously Weighs Opportunities in Taliban’s Afghanistan By Yun Sun - Sep 14, 2021

Since the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, they have repeatedly sent goodwill signals to China. The Taliban promised not to harbor terrorists that could target their neighbors, expressed support for Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative and said they hoped to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. While China is pleased with the gesture and has offered … Continue reading “China Cautiously Weighs Opportunities in Taliban’s Afghanistan”

Is China Trying to Usurp the US’s Role in the Middle East? No, But It’s Complicated By Yun Sun - Apr 5, 2021

On April 6, parties to the Iran nuclear deal met in Vienna to identify “needed actions,” including lifting sanctions and imposing implementation measures, for a resumption of the agreement by all parties. The meeting took place less than two weeks after China and Iran signed a “strategic cooperation agreement” that is set to last 25 … Continue reading “Is China Trying to Usurp the US’s Role in the Middle East? No, But It’s Complicated”