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Expertise: China, Asia-Pacific, U.S. foreign policy, energy and climate policy

Melanie Hart is a senior fellow and director of China Policy at American Progress. She leads the organization’s work on China and U.S.-China relations. Her most recent work focuses on developing a comprehensive U.S. strategy toward China, analyzing the domestic political factors driving Chinese foreign policy in the Xi Jinping era, tracking Chinese industrial policy in the energy and information technology sectors, and assessing China’s intentions toward the global order.

Hart has worked on Chinese domestic and foreign policy issues for nearly two decades. Before joining American Progress, she worked primarily in the information technology sector, helping American businesses understand China’s emerging industrial policies. Hart currently serves on the board of the American Mandarin Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the professional development of current and future stewards of the U.S.-China relationship.

Hart has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego, and a B.A. from Texas A&M University. She studied Chinese at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing and has worked as a Chinese-English translator for Caijing Magazine.

By Melanie Hart
There Is a Solution to the Huawei ChallengeCenter for American ProgressOctober 14, 2020
How the West could win a technological ‘shadow war’ with ChinaLos Angeles TimesJune 11, 2020
Trump’s Coronavirus Survival Strategy: Blame ChinaCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2020
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Philosophy on Risk ManagementCenter for American ProgressFebruary 20, 2020
Here’s What a Progressive China Strategy Would Look LikeForeign PolicyMay 10, 2019
Limit, Leverage, and Compete: A New Strategy on ChinaCenter for American ProgressApril 3, 2019
Mapping China’s Global Governance AmbitionsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 28, 2019
Blue FutureCenter for American ProgressMay 21, 2018
Do Not Fall for the Hype on U.S.-China Natural Gas TradeCenter for American ProgressApril 18, 2018
Can Trump Deliver on Economic Issues With China?Center for American ProgressNovember 6, 2017
A Responsible Approach to North KoreaCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2017
Pulling Back the Curtain on China’s 19th Party CongressCenter for American ProgressOctober 19, 2017
Getting Real on Sanctions Is Key to Pressuring North KoreaCenter for American ProgressSeptember 5, 2017
Everything You Think You Know About Coal in China Is WrongCenter for American ProgressMay 15, 2017
Research Note on U.S. and Chinese Coal-Fired Power DataCenter for American ProgressMay 15, 2017
Showing Up Is Not Enough: Trump’s First 100 Days in the Asia-PacificCenter for American ProgressApril 27, 2017
5 Issues Trump Needs to Get Right on ChinaCenter for American ProgressApril 5, 2017
3 Things Americans Should Know About China in the Paris Climate AgreementCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2017
Recalibrating U.S.-China Relations in Southeast AsiaCenter for American ProgressOctober 25, 2016
Charting a New Course for the U.S.-China RelationshipCenter for American ProgressAugust 30, 2016
Making Overseas Investments Skew GreenThe BrinkJuly 12, 2016
Green Finance: The Next Frontier for U.S.-China Climate CooperationCenter for American ProgressJune 13, 2016
Beijing’s Energy Revolution Is Finally Gaining Serious MomentumCenter for American ProgressDecember 3, 2015
Assessing American Foreign Policy Toward ChinaCenter for American ProgressSeptember 29, 2015
U.S.-China Climate Announcements Lay Foundation for Success in ParisCenter for American ProgressSeptember 25, 2015
Dealing with a Proactive ChinaCenter for American ProgressSeptember 22, 2015
China’s New International Financing InstitutionsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 22, 2015
Chinese Direct Investment in the U.S. Energy EconomyCenter for American ProgressJuly 30, 2015
Mapping Chinese Direct Investment in the U.S. Energy EconomyCenter for American ProgressJuly 30, 2015
CAP Climate Experts Travel to ChinaCenter for American ProgressJune 24, 2015
Roles and Responsibilities Beyond the Asia-Pacific RegionCenter for American ProgressNovember 10, 2014
Visions for Asia-Pacific Security ArchitectureCenter for American ProgressNovember 10, 2014
Energy and Climate ChangeCenter for American ProgressNovember 10, 2014
Stories from the Frontlines of a Rising ChinaCenter for American ProgressNovember 10, 2014
Expanding the Frontier of U.S.-China Strategic Cooperation Will Require New Thinking on Both Sides of the PacificCenter for American ProgressNovember 10, 2014
Primer on Beijing’s Slice-and-Dice Approach to Energy and Climate ReformCenter for American ProgressJuly 7, 2014
Beijing Set to Announce Reform BlueprintCenter for American ProgressNovember 7, 2013
Criminal Charges Mark New Phase in Bellwether U.S.-China Intellectual Property DisputeCenter for American ProgressJune 27, 2013
China’s Shifting Stance on HydrofluorocarbonsCenter for American ProgressJune 12, 2013
Increasing Opportunities for Chinese Direct Investment in U.S. Clean EnergyCenter for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2013
China Still Wary of More Ambitious International Climate CommitmentsCenter for American ProgressDecember 7, 2012
China Selects Its 7 New LeadersCenter for American ProgressNovember 16, 2012
Beijing to Announce New Leaders and Their PortfoliosCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2012
The U.S. Outlook on China’s Leadership TransitionCenter for American ProgressOctober 19, 2012
Satisfying China’s Rising Middle Class in an Era of Economic UncertaintyCenter for American ProgressOctober 12, 2012
China’s Need for Innovative, Market-Based Economic GrowthCenter for American ProgressOctober 5, 2012
Corruption and the China Leadership TransitionCenter for American ProgressSeptember 28, 2012
China’s Real Leadership QuestionCenter for American ProgressAugust 16, 2012
5 Myths and Realities About U.S.-China Solar Trade CompetitionCenter for American ProgressMay 16, 2012
Environmental Standards Give the United States an Edge Over ChinaCenter for American ProgressApril 20, 2012
The Complexities of the U.S. Decision on Chinese Solar Panel ImportsCenter for American ProgressMarch 15, 2012
What China’s Leadership Transition Means for the United StatesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 10, 2012
China’s Forthcoming Political TransitionCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2012
Shining a Light on U.S.-China Clean Energy CooperationCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2012
Getting Smarter on ChinaCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2012
There’s More than One Way to Reduce Global EmissionsCenter for American ProgressDecember 9, 2011
Reading China’s Climate Change Tea LeavesCenter for American ProgressDecember 8, 2011
China Arrives in Durban Greener than EverCenter for American ProgressNovember 30, 2011
China Pours Money into Smart Grid TechnologyCenter for American ProgressOctober 24, 2011
Making Fracking Safe in the East and WestCenter for American ProgressOctober 21, 2011
China Goes Solar as America StumblesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 7, 2011
China Eyes Competitive Edge in Renewable EnergyCenter for American ProgressAugust 24, 2011
Europe Moves to Limit Aviation Emissions, China FollowsCenter for American ProgressAugust 1, 2011