Given the legacy of the Cold War and the growing importance of East Asia in U.S. foreign and defense policy, Russia and China are two of the most important players in nuclear security. Nuclear cooperation with Russia remains a top priority for the United States as it seeks to reduce nuclear dangers worldwide and de-emphasize the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. defense policy. Collaboration with Russia on these issues will be critical for the United States. The Nuclear Security Working Group will continue to focus on U.S.-Russian cooperation to reduce nuclear dangers and 21st century proliferation challenges even as relations between the two countries face challenges over other international issues.

As the United States continues with its pivot to the Pacific and China’s military power continues to grow, strengthening and maintaining a strategic relationship with China will become one of the most important issues affecting the security of East Asia. The increased American naval presence in the Pacific and China’s assertive behavior towards its neighbors present challenges that could affect strategic stability in the region. Policymakers in Congress and in the administration must form a consensus on how to address this rapidly evolving environment. The Nuclear Security Working Group is committed to building bipartisan support for an effective U.S.-China strategic relationship to ensure that the risks of misunderstanding and miscalculation remain low.