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Mission Statement

The mission of the 21st Century China Center is to produce and disseminate impactful evidence-based research about China, and to enhance U.S.-China mutual understanding by advancing scholarly collaboration, convening policy discussions, and actively communicating with policymakers and the general public in both countries.

Statement of Academic Integrity and Independence

The 21st Century China Center is committed to preserving academic freedom and scholarly independence in all its activities. The center makes independent decisions on all aspects of its programs, and protects the intellectual integrity and nonpartisan nature of its research, publications and policy projects.


The 21st Century is the Pacific Century, a time when the interaction of Asia and the Americas becomes the pivot point for global dynamics. China's evolution – how its politics, economics, society, culture and military develop – will be a critical factor in determining how the history of this century will be written. 

The 21st Century China Center was established in 2011 at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). It is a leading university-based think tank that produces scholarly research and informs policy discussions on China and U.S.-China relations.

As a center valuing public engagement, we distinguish ourselves by:

  • Focusing on policy-relevant research and policy dialogues in areas that are of critical and immediate relevance to China's development and U.S.-China relations
  • Undertaking joint explorations of important topics together with practitioners and policymakers in the government and in the private sector beyond the academic setting
  • Pursuing bilateral collaboration between U.S. and China in policy analysis and research
  • Disseminating information and knowledge to a broader audience outside the university through center publications, policy forums, community salons, briefings and other communication channels

The center’s core activities emphasize both scholarly research and interactive engagement. They include collaborative research projects, conferences, workshops, policy forums and industry roundtables, publications, public lectures, cultural events and youth programs.

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