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A Center for Collaborative Research & Education on Greater China

Founded in 2001, the China Research Center promotes understanding of greater China based on in-depth research and experience. The Center draws much of its expertise from the universities and institutions around the region, working collaboratively across institutions and jointly with the public and private sectors. The universities represented include Agnes Scott, Dalton State, Emory, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Perimeter, Georgia St, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Oglethorpe, and the University of Georgia and University of North Carolina, Greensboro, as well as The Carter Center.

The Associates of the Center believe that favorable U.S.-China relations will be critical to supporting economic development in the U.S. and greater China, and to promoting peace in the region. One of the foundations of favorable relations is mutual understanding based on knowledge and open communication. The Associates study various aspects of Chinese language, culture, history, politics, society, international relations, demographics, geography, the environment, the economic system and business environment. Our goal is to make knowledge and expertise available to a wide variety of constituents within and beyond our academic community, as well as to enhance our academic work via cross-disciplinary and institutional collaboration.

The greater China region is currently the center of economic growth in Asia. The People’s Republic has joined the World Trade Organization and hosted the 2008 summer Olympics. These events have enhanced business opportunities in China, and the incentives for Chinese companies to invest abroad. China’s growth and expanding role in global affairs promise to alter the political-economic environment in the years to come.

On the local level, Georgia has increasingly become involved with greater China through extensive business development, logistics via the Port of Savannah, study programs for Georgia students, cultural exchanges and tourism, and the growing Asia community in Georgia. Reflecting both these global and local changes, the Georgia State Senate committed to study the future relationship between the state and the greater China region in order to better take advantage of the new opportunities. Since then a non-profit organization, the Georgia China Alliance (www.georgiachina.com), has been formed to promote understanding and ties between Georgia and China.

To date the Center has sponsored and co-sponsored many events. We have organized major business and academic conferences, and have participated in numerous workshops, panels and presentations aimed at disseminating insights and information about developments in contemporary China. The Center publishes an online journal, China Currents, with research articles, commentary, current events and information about study, business and public programs. We also publicize China related events, and supply information via resource links on the Center’s website at www.chinacenter.net.

Annual Lecture Series Speakers
  • 2015-16: Dr. William Kirby, Harvard University
  • 2014-15: Tani Barlow, Rice University
  • 2013-14: Dr. Martin Whyte, Harvard University
  • 2012-13: Dr. Perry Link, University of California, Riverside
  • 2011-12: Dr. Elizabeth Perry, Harvard University
  • 2010-11: Dr. Yasheng Huang, MIT
  • 2009-10: Dr. Susan Shirk, University of California, San Diego
  • 2008-09: Dr. Kenneth Pomeranz, University of California, Irvine
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