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