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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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Announcing the China Policy Fellowship

Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center invites applications for the inaugural 2021-22 China Policy Fellowship from experts with research experience on issues vital to the U.S. China policy agenda and influence in the policymaking process.
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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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Caught In The Crossfire: The Future Of US-China Science Collaboration and Its Impact on University Education

On October 28th, the APARC China Program hosted a panel of experts to discuss concerns regarding U.S. universities’ open research ecosystem, especially in STEM.
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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

Specialists James Green, Xiaomeng Lu, and Damien Ma take a nuanced look into China's recent Fifth Plenum Decision and its implications for U.S.-China relations, economic decoupling, and technology ecosystems.

China’s Fifth Plenum Decision and its Implications for China-U.S. Decoupling

China’s Fifth Plenum Decision and its Implications for China-U.S. Decoupling

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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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