China and global security

China presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities for global economic development, security and stability, and it increasingly affects the interests of Europe and the international community at large.  

The China and Global Security Programme aims to advance peace and security studies with a particular emphasis on China’s role and impact in global, non-traditional and transnational security.

Through comprehensive research, analysis, policy-relevant publications and other outputs, the Programme analyses China’s transformation and helps policymakers, opinion leaders, scholars, businesses and the general public more fully understand the foreign and security policy implications of China’s role. Working mostly with Chinese language sources and through close exchanges with the Chinese strategic community, SIPRI’s China Programme also brings Chinese views into the European debate on global security issues.

With a unique, well-established full-time presence in Beijing, the China programme contributes to SIPRI’s global outreach activities through an annual launch of the Chinese version of the SIPRI Yearbook, co-organized with the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, and through frequent conferences and workshops co-organised with Chinese partners, such as the School of International Studies of Peking University, the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, the Centre for Contemporary China and World Studies or the Institute of Strategic Studies of National Defense University.

The research findings of the Programme’s research work are published in SIPRI’s collections and in leading peer-reviewed academic journals, such as the Journal of Contemporary China, the Journal of East Asian Studies and China Perspectives.

Four research pillars

The Programme undertakes research that combines SIPRI's long-standing focus on traditional security issues with an in-depth study of China's evolving foreign and security policies.

China and regional security in Asia

  • Maritime security in Northeast and Southeast Asia 
  • China’s naval modernization and maritime law-enforcement agencies
  • China and security in greater Central Asia after the withdrawal of NATO from Afghanistan


China’s export control system, arms control and non-proliferation

  • China’s arms control diplomacy
  • China and nuclear crises: the Korean peninsula, Iran
  • China’s ATT diplomacy and Chinese exports of conventional arms


Europe-China relations

  • EU-China international security cooperation
  • Transfers of technology and security implications


The future of China’s non-interference policy

  • The protection of Chinese nationals abroad: consular protection, evacuation operations and international cooperation
  • The protection of China’s energy interests in Central Asia and the Middle East


Fei Su, Acting Programme Manager (based in Beijing), biography