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Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies

 Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies

Welcome to the website of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at Durham University. Founded in 1999 CCCS is a multi-disciplinary research centre dedicated to the study of contemporary China and the wider East Asian region, specialising particularly in the fields of Business, Education, Law, Modern Languages and Culture, Geography, Government and International Politics and Political Economy. The Centre gains greatly from having one of the most significant collections on China and East Asia in the UK in Durham University Library. The Centre is strongly committed to collaborative research with our partners in China, including the training of new generations of specialists on the East Asian region. Details of present and past activities are given on these pages, as well as an introduction to the opportunities for training and research on China and East Asia available at Durham University.


East Asia: An International Quarterly has been edited in the School of Government and International Affairs since 2004. It has more than 35 years of history and is currently published by Springer.

Volume 35, Vol. 2 (June 2018)

Special Issue: The Indo-Pacific: Reconceptualizing the Asian Regional Space

Guest editors: Mark Beeson and Jeffrey D. Wilson

News and Events

Britain's love affair with Chinese food

Gordon Cheung's comments on Chinese food in the UK was cited in China Daily (UK)

North Korea, China and the international relations of East Asian security

On 12 June 2018, a summit is being held in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Since the end of the Korean War 65 years ago, North Korea and South Korea have become synonymous with security tensions in international politics broadly, and the East Asian region specifically; both of them are technically still ‘at war’, given that a peace treaty has never been signed. Even a few weeks ago, the world was unsure whether the summit would go ahead without cancellation from either party. Diplomatic brinkmanship, competition for power, conflict and security all conjure up the excitement - if not the secrecy - behind the summit. One thing is certain: the world will be watching closely how both leaders intend to reshape regional security and power relations in East Asia.

This historic moment brings us to this special virtual issue of selected papers written by leading scholars and regional specialists, all of which have been published in East Asia: An International Quarterly between 2004 and 2017, tackling subjects relating to North Korea, China and international relations surrounding East Asian security. The articles cover many important topics, including North Korea’s nuclear escalation, the dynamics and changes to the Six-Party Talks, China’s diplomacy and Northeast Asian security, North Korea’s cultural policy, and cyber-warfare in the Korean peninsula. We hope that this selection of papers will elucidate some major areas of political and security concern that will be addressed during the summit.
You can click the title to access the special virtual issue. All papers are for open access.

Gordon C K Cheung