Year Joined

  • 2006

Areas of Expertise

  • Education 

Projects Involved in

Boards Joined

  • National Committee on U.S.-China Relations 


  • Cheng Li analyzes impact of e-commerce in China

    June 10, 2020  |  Brookings

  • Cheng Li highlights Kobe Bryant’s impact on Sino-American friendship

    March 04, 2020  |  Brookings

  • Cheng Li weighs in on coronavirus containment

    February 12, 2020  |  CGTN

  • Cheng Li commends China’s achievement in last 5 years

    June 14, 2017  |

  • Cheng Li participates in think tank series at Renmin University

    May 26, 2017  |  RUC News

  • Cheng Li thinks Trump’s China policy has yet to form

    February 28, 2017  |  Phoenix TV

  • Cheng Li speaks on “China’s View of American Foreign Policy” at World Affairs Council

    February 03, 2017  |  WACHH

  • Cheng Li writes on development of Chinese think tanks

    February 24, 2017  |  East Asia Forum

  • Cheng Li speaks at C100 event “U.S.-China Relations in the Trump-Xi Era” with the Honorable Henry A. Kissinger

    December 15, 2016  |

  • Cheng Li attends inaugural Overseas China Studies Forum in Beijing

    December 01, 2016  |

  • Cheng Li hosts China Cyberspace Institute – Brookings dialogue in Wuzhen

    November 19, 2016  |  Netease

  • Cheng Li provides insights on U.S.-election results

    November 10, 2016  |  Netease

  • Cheng Li comments on Xi Jinping’s Leadership Style

    November 02, 2016  |  Huffington Post

  • Cheng Li featured for his new book “Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era: Reassessing Collective Leadership”

    October 18, 2016  |  Brookings

  • Cheng Li argues the economic impact of a Trump presidency could be greater than Brexit

    September 13, 2016  |  iFeng

  • Cheng Li : Chinese Americans can play a positive role in U.S.-China Relations

    September 19, 2016  |  iFeng

  • Cheng Li discusses Li Keqiang’s recent visit to New York, and China’s contribution to world economy

    September 23, 2016  |  CRJ English

  • Cheng Li talks about the importance of global collaboration at the upcoming G20 Summit in Hangzhou

    August 25, 2016  |  China Daily

  • Cheng Li : A Trump Presidency may not be beneficial to China

    August 02, 2016  |  ifeng

  • Cheng Li speaks at Renmin University on role of think-tanks in strengthening U.S.-China relations

    June 19, 2016  |

  • Cheng Li assesses Premier Li Keqiang’s recent government work report.

    March 09, 2016  |  Brookings

  • Cheng Li comments on China’s increasing role in global governance

    April 01, 2016  |  Brookings

  • Cheng Li weigh’s in on China’s foreign policy towards North Korea in light of North Korea’s alleged nuclear test

    January 06, 2016  |  New York Times

  • Cheng Li explores options for a strategic revision of the current nature of U.S.-China ties.

    September 15, 2015  |  Brookings

  • Cheng Li discusses American attitudes towards China after President Xi’s State Visit.

    October 05, 2015  |  Brookings Institution

  • Cheng Li shares his perspective on the recent Chinese stock market crash

    July 09, 2015  |  Wall Street Journal

  • Cheng Li comments on the political elite in Xi Jinping’s inner circle in his 5th piece in a series for China Leadership Monitor

    July 14, 2015  |  Brookings

  • Cheng Li comments on status quo in the international system as well as China’s role on the world stage

    July 28, 2015  |  Today

  • Cheng Li comments on the Chinese economy, including the role of re-balancing in reform policies.

    August 06, 2015  |  Brookings

  • Cheng Li assesses Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s May trip to Latin America and its implications for U.S.-China relations.

    May 20, 2015  |  Ecns

  • Cheng Li discusses the need for “broad strategic rethinking” in U.S.-China relations

    June 17, 2015  |  Brookings

  • Cheng Li addresses growing pessimism on the future of U.S.-China relations and suggests the two countries pursue further collaborative opportunities to demonstrate their ability to rise above cynicism.

    June 22, 2015  |  Xinhua

  • Cheng Li comments on the White House’s invitation to Chinese President Xi Jinping to make a state visit to the U.S. in 2015

    February 07, 2015  |  China Daily

  • Cheng Li comments on invitation of Xi Jinping to visit the United States.

    February 25, 2015  |  China Daily

  • Cheng Li spoke with The Australian regarding China’s complex domestic political structure and the factions that exist within the Communist Party.

    April 02, 2015  |  The Australian

  • Cheng Li assesses Chinese President Xi Jinping’s leadership and possibility of war between the U.S. & China

    September 15, 2014  |  Rolling Stone

  • Cheng Li , Brookings Institution, discussed President Obama’s visit to China for the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in an interview with Charlie Rose

    November 09, 2014  |  Charlie Rose

  • Cheng Li , Brookings Institution, discussed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign in an interview with Tom Orlik

    July 31, 2014  |  Brookings


Cheng Li Established author and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution


Director & Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center

The Brookings Institution

Cheng Li is Director and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center. Dr. Li is also a director of the National Committee on US-China Relations. He is the author/editor of numerous books, including China’s Emerging Middle Class: Beyond Economic Transformation (2010), The Road to Zhongnanhai: High-Level Leadership Groups on the Eve of the 18th Party Congress (2012, in Chinese), China’s Political Development: Chinese and American Perspectives (2014), Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era: Reassessing Collective Leadership (2016), and The Power of Ideas: The Rising Influence of Thinkers and Think Tanks in China (forthcoming). He is the principal editor of the Thornton Center Chinese Thinkers Series published by the Brookings Institution Press.

Dr. Li has advised a wide range of U.S. government, education, research, business and not-for-profit organizations on work in China. Li grew up in Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution. In 1985, he came to the United States when he later received an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton University.


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