About the China-West Dialogue (CWD)

The China-West Dialogue (CWD) is an inclusive project which draws together thought-leaders from China, Canada, Chile, Europe, the UK, Japan, Korea, and the United States. The CWD seeks to define an “alternative framework” for China-West relations at a moment when the toxic US-China bilateral relationship dominates geopolitics. Global governance issues in particular have been significantly hampered by these rising bilateral tensions.

The impacts of CWD to date have generated respect, trust, and common discourse among a highly diverse set of thought leaders. The CWD seeks to model what other dialogues are possible by including a fresh set of “key concepts”, themes and proposals for animating more productive official dialogues but also for “strengthening, upgrading and reforming” the G20. Through trust-building and generating open dialogue, the CWD aims to increase the effectiveness of the G20 in mobilizing policy responses to systemic crises and in managing geopolitical tensions.

The CWD’s fundamental goal is to help reshape the narratives and behaviours of US-China relations from friction to function by engaging other middle and major powers and emerging powers in a reframed China-West relations in G20 processes and other public forums. The aim of the Project is to identify new political dynamics that yield more productive relations in the international system.

The G20 at the Frontier of Creating New Global Debt Management Processes Urgency, Ambition and Geopolitical Adjustments For the CWD, the key

Read Colin Bradford’s blogpost published by the EastAsiaForum (EAF) focusing on the success of the recent Bali G20 Summit

Read Susan Thornton’s article published in the New York Times.

Stephen Zhao The Paulson Institute recently released a paper by Damien Ma entitled “Rebalancing China’s Energy Strategy” as the inaugural paper of

Alan Alexandroff, John Gruetzner and Stephen Zhao This year, for the first time in 40 years, the world experienced an arrest in

Background Research

China-West Dialogue in the news Rt. Hon. Paul Martin – The G20 Today: Pandemic Disease, Climate Change, and the Need for a

The Vision20 (V20) was created in 2015 to address global challenges of our world and offer a new vision for global collaboration especially with respect to the G20 and other global summits. Over a series of G20 summits the V20 proposed solutions to the growing global governance challenges by offering innovative approaches, inclusiveness, and dialogue among the many diverse G20 players.

Now the V20 principals, Alan Alexandroff, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto, Colin Bradford, Brookings Institutions, and Yves Tiberghien, University of British Columbia, have initiated a vital new V20 project – the China and the West Dialogue (CWD). This effort with experts, policymakers and former officials has sought to address the rising U.S-China tensions and to find ways to bring greater global cooperation in increasing difficult geopolitical and geoeconomic environments.

The first Workshop was held in March 2020, virtually, with the support of BU’s Kevin Gallagher. The initial results can be seen here:

There is much more to come. Follow us here on the CWD website and here to see background research from several CWD participants.