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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 33 years of history and is currently published by Springer.

Vol. 34, Issue 1 (March 2017)

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Complete University Guide 2018

Durham University is ranked 3rd in the East and South Asian Studies subject ranking in the Complete University Guide 2018.

7 April 2017 to 24 September 2017

Oriental Museum, Durham University

Exhibition: A Good Reputation Endures Forever: The Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front

'An exhibition exploring the role of the thousands of Chinese who risked their lives alongside the British armed forces during the First World War.'

21-22 March 2017

International Conference

Title: 'One Belt, One Road' and China's Westward Pivot: Past, Present and Future

Venue: Al-Qasimi Building, SGIA


Al-Sabah Programme, Durham University

Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Durham University

Danish Institute for International Studies

Grey College, Durham University

Conference participants


23 February 2017

Chatham House presentation

‘The Renminbi: A New Global Currency?’

Gordon Cheung, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, gave a talk in a panel entitled ‘The Renminbi: A New Global Currency?’ in Chatham House on 23 February 2017.

19 January 2017

Public Lecture

Title: China’s Global Leadership Narrative in the 21st Century


Al-Sabah Programme

Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies

Speaker: Prof. Niv Horesh

Date: 19 January 2017

Time: 1:00 pm

Venue: Room 102, Al-Qasimi Building, SGIA

Prof. Niv Horesh is Visiting Research Fellow in SGIA. He is a China specialist with over 20 years of experience ranging across the private sector, public service and academia. Between 2000-2003, he lived and worked in Beijing, and has been visiting different parts of the Chinese-speaking world regularly since. In 2002, Niv received accreditation as Professional NAATI Translator from Chinese into English.


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Wei Lun Distinguished Visiting Professor

Gordon Cheung’s (Director) successful application to become the Wei Lun Distinguished Visiting Professor for three months (1 Sept. to 30 Nov. 2016) in the Institute of Economics at Tsinghua University.

14 September 2016

Durham Chinese School students achieved 100% A* grade in this year's GCSE examination. There were a total of 12 students (a record number for the School) who took the Mandarin Chinese GCSE exam and all students achieved the highest A* grade. The School offers Chinese language education to school-age children from all backgrounds and organize cultural events. The School is supported by the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies and is currently headed by the Acting Director and Secretary of the Centre.

AHRC Grant

Dr Cao Qing (MLAC), our Centre’s member, was one of the Co-Investigators of the major £3.9 million project ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community’ granted by the AHRC. The project is led by Stephen Hutchings of Manchester University.