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Cutting-edge research U.S.-China collaboration Policy and business engagement

Why Us? We are a leading university-based think tank that produces scholarly research and informs policy discussions on China and U.S.-China relations. Our experts emphasize rigorous, data-based research, scholarly and policy engagement with China and partnership with professionals in business and government organizations. Support comes from our generous donors, institutional partners, our Leadership Circle and our founders.

The Largest Cluster of China-Focused Scholars in the U.S. Tai Ming Cheung, associate professor; director, UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Karl Gerth, Hwei-Chih and Julia Hsiu Chair in Chinese Studies; professor of history Lei Guang, director, 21st Century China Center Ruixue Jia, assistant professor of economics Ping-hui Liao, Chuan Lyu Endowed Chair in Taiwan Studies; professor of literary and critical studies Richard Madsen, distinguished professor of sociology; director, Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China David Michael, professor of practice Barry Naughton, Sokwanlok Professor of Chinese International Affairs Kwai Ng, associate professor of sociology Paul Pickowicz, distinguished professor of history and Chinese studies Molly Roberts, assistant professor of political science Kuiyi Shen, professor of Asian art history, theory and criticism; director, Chinese Studies Program Weiyi Shi, assistant professor of political science Victor Shih, associate professor of political science Susan Shirk, research professor of political science; chair, 21st Century China Center Yiqing Xu, assistant professor of political science Yingjin Zhang, professor of modern Chinese literature

Scholars listed here are from UC San Diego


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Scholars collect data and conduct pathbreaking research on pressing issues facing China and U.S.-China relations. Topics comprise politics, innovation, economics, finance, foreign policy, security, energy, media, internet and social change.


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Students learn from and work together with faculty, visiting scholars and government and business leaders who teach them 21st century skills while informing their career choices and research interests.


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engagement The center undertakes collaborative research projects with scholars from China and organizes academic conferences and policy dialogues with Chinese universities and institutions.

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We share our knowledge with educators, media, business, civic leaders and youth, and connect with other research institutions in China, California and beyond.

Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders Today The center is based at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS), which addresses the crucial societal challenges of the 21st century. The School’s pioneering research builds on internationally recognized expertise of the Americas and Asia, integrates analysis of public policy and markets, and explores global issues of conflict and cooperation. Leveraging our West Coast location and UC San Diego’s renowned programs in science and technology, GPS develops new analytic tools with real-world applications, while rigorously training the next generation of global leaders. Through collaborations across campus and counterparts around the globe, GPS shapes cutting-edge solutions for a transforming world.

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