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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.

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President Trump’s Relationship With China Has Only Served His Own Interests at America’s Tragic ExpenseCenter for American Progress ActionJune 24, 2020