U.S.-China & the World is an interview series investigating how the U.S.-China relationship impacts societies, economies, and policies around the globe. Through short interviews with local experts, this series takes a closer look at the countries and regions impacted by and navigating through U.S.-China tensions—and ultimately, how the United States and China together can build a better future for the international community.


Pacific Islands

The Pacific Islands lie in China’s and the United States’ backyards. Graeme Smith explains how the two countries can become better neighbors to the region to better the lives of those living in the Pacific.


Serbia-China relations are woven together by free trade agreements and national security. What do Serbians think of the U.S.-China relationship? Stefan Vladisavljev explains how the country can navigate a path between the world’s two greatest superpowers.


In the time since Kenya and China normalized relations in 1963, China has become Kenya’s largest trading partner in addition to large economic involvement, such as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the establishment of Chinese businesses in Kenya. Professor Elijah Munyi explains what Kenya needs to consider when navigating its separate relationships with the United States and China.


As a NATO member and bordering country of the Russia-Ukraine war, Alijca Bachulska explains how Poland juggles the complex yet necessary social, political, and security factors.


Italy has built a closer economic relationship with China over the last few years. However, as U.S.-China rivalry has intensified and popular opinion toward China remains muted, Italy is increasingly taking steps to avoid too much economic exposure to China, explains Dr. Matteo Dian.


 Nepal, landlocked between China and India, balances and leverages its strategic interests and responsibilities between its much larger neighbors, explains Professor Gaurav Bhattarai. Learn more about where Nepal stands on the U.S.-China relationship.

Southeast Asia

Dr. Selina Ho delves into why China is a pivotal partner for Southeast Asia and the potential for the U.S. to become an economic ally, addressing the nuanced desire of Southeast Asian nations for strong ties with both superpowers without being coerced into choosing sides.