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Video: Academic Input and China’s Foreign Policy Making

Professor Ren Xiao from Fundan University discusses ways in which the academic and policy research community can impact China's foreign policies.

September 10, 2014

Foreign policy making in China is becoming increasingly complex. As China is faced with new domestic and international challenges, more and more actors have become involved in the process, and China's international relations specialists are playing a larger role than before by providing more input. There are different ways for the academic and policy research community to have impact. These include providing policy briefs, advisory meetings, personnel exchange (a two-way street: Foreign Ministry officials serving as diplomats-in-residence at the academic institutions and academics serving at the Chinese embassies in the key capital cities), targeted research projects, and individual contact. People's Congresses and the Consultative Conferences are also channels for the academics to make themselves heard. Nowadays the "revolving door" arrangements are basically seen as a positive development in China, and more practices in this line are encouraged. It is a changing system with "Chinese characteristics." 


About the speaker:

Ren Xiao 任晓 received his Ph.D. in political science from Fudan University in 1992 and is now a professor, teaching international politics at the Institute of International Studies (IIS). He also serves as director of the IIS Center for the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy. 


His research concentrates on theories of international politics, Asia-Pacific affairs, Northeast Asian security, and Chinese foreign policy. His recent publications include New Frontiers of China's Foreign Relations and U.S.-China-Japan Triangular Relationship.


Prof. Ren serves on several editorial boards, including Globalizations, Journal of Global Policy and Governance, East Asia: An International Quarterly, and East Asian Policy. He is a member of the China National Committee of Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and worked at the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo in 2010 and 2011.



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