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China Program

Promoting collaborative and multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research on contemporary China

Who We Are

The China Program at Stanford’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center is the University’s hub of scholarship on current political, economic, and social transformations in China and the implications of its rise for the global community. Our goal is to prepare new generations of Stanford students for deeper interactions with China and to share knowledge of China with the broader community. We do this by conducting research and organizing conferences and intellectual exchanges with Chinese experts, extending on-campus and in-country training opportunities for Stanford students and scholars, hosting public forums on Greater China, and offering educational programs for government officials and professionals.

In the Spotlight

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The Pandemic, U.S.-China Tensions and Redesigning the Global Supply Chain

Professor Hau L. Lee of the Stanford Graduate School of Businesses discusses supply chains in a post-COVID-19 world.
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Caught in the Crossfire: The Future Of U.S.-China Science Collaboration and Its Impact on University Education

On October 28th, the APARC China Program hosted a panel of experts to discuss open access to U.S. universities, security risks involved, as well as the potential adverse consequences of limiting international access in science and technology research.
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China’s Fifth Plenum Decision and its Implications for China-U.S. “Decoupling”

As tensions between the U.S. and China continue to intensify, members of this November panel were asked to examine what the Fifth Plenum Decision might signify for the future of U.S.-China relations.
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Our faculty study multiple issues affecting present-day China and its role on the global stage. We also bring top-tier scholars from around the world to Stanford for a valuable intellectual exchange on China’s domestic and international affairs.

Recently at the China Program

Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro draws on her expertise in China policy and the military to outline why she believes military competition between the U.S. and PRC is much more nuanced and requires a different focus and strategy than competition with the former Soviet Union did.

Military Competition with China: Harder to Win Than During the Cold War?

Military Competition with China: Harder to Win Than During the Cold War?

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Research and analysis by our scholars and collaborators appears in peer-reviewed journals, reports, acclaimed books from scholarly and trade presses, and volumes disseminated via the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center’s publishing program.

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