Yun Sun

Yun Sun

Yun Sun is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Programme and Director of the China Programme at the Stimson Center. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, US-China relations and China’s relations with neighbouring countries and authoritarian regimes.

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Opinion | Why China hesitates to invest in Afghanistan or recognise the Taliban

China has embarked upon a policy of regional and multilateral engagement with the Afghan Taliban government. But as long as Uygur militants shelter in Afghanistan and the country’s future remains unstable, Beijing will remain cautious.

China has embarked upon a policy of regional and multilateral engagement with the Afghan Taliban government. But as long as Uygur militants shelter in Afghanistan and the country’s future remains unstable, Beijing will remain cautious.

7 Oct 2022 - 2:53AM
Opinion | As US-China suspicion grows, Taiwan Strait instability could be the new normal

China assumes the US is ‘hollowing out’ its China policy and will eventually seek to prevent Taiwan unification. Meanwhile, Washington believes Beijing will use force to achieve unification despite preferring a peaceful solution.

China assumes the US is ‘hollowing out’ its China policy and will eventually seek to prevent Taiwan unification. Meanwhile, Washington believes Beijing will use force to achieve unification despite preferring a peaceful solution.

4 Sep 2022 - 1:30AM
Opinion | Major crisis averted in the Taiwan Strait – this time. But what happens next?

Time will tell what the real impact is of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Importantly, Beijing’s military exercises set a precedent to counterbalance Taiwan’s pursuit of foreign support and will be repeated in the years to come.

Time will tell what the real impact is of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Importantly, Beijing’s military exercises set a precedent to counterbalance Taiwan’s pursuit of foreign support and will be repeated in the years to come.

8 Aug 2022 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Why China sees difficult choices in Myanmar’s political realities

It is inconceivable that Beijing would have supported a coup; in fact it worked well with democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi. Now, two factors will haunt China’s calculations as it navigates Myanmar’s political minefields.

It is inconceivable that Beijing would have supported a coup; in fact it worked well with democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi. Now, two factors will haunt China’s calculations as it navigates Myanmar’s political minefields.

5 Feb 2021 - 3:18AM