As East Asia and its influence in the world continues to grow, the issues and challenges facing China and its role in the world present great opportunities for developing collaborative interdisciplinary research. LSE remains its strongest interests in playing a key role in the development of economic progress, policies and governance in East Asia through its extensive research networks. LSE IDEAS’ East Asia International Affairs Programme (EAIAP) sets an excellent example for LSE’s greater interests in generating wider social impact. Since its launch in 2010, the EAIAP has become one of the most prominent East Asia programmes in the UK, renowned for its sharp analyses and up-to-date coverage of regional affairs. Throughout the past three years, EAIAP hosts over twenty conferences and public lectures, ranging from the Chinese Foreign Policy to Korean Peninsular Crisis. Participants of the programme are mainly from its research associates, who are among the very best East Asia experts in the UK, Europe and Asia as well as current policy practitioners. They have provided a constant source of advisory for decision making. The programme’s Special Report on China’s Geo-Economic Strategy was published in June 2012. The report assesses the primacy of economic interests in the China’s foreign policy, analyses how China views the strategic dimensions of investments and trade, and whether the world really sees China having a coherent strategy. The Report has enjoyed its sweeping success and covered widely by media worldwide.
EAIAP also hosts an advanced and unique training programme in international affairs for Chinese senior diplomats, which is supported by the British Foreign Office and the Chevening Foundation. Such a programme allows participants to develop an in-depth understanding on how the West observes and analyses its relations with China and East Asia in general. These research experience at LSE will stimulate their roles as foreign policy agenda facilitators in many years to come. This programme is the only training programme for mid-senior level Chinese diplomats amongst world leading universities.Amongst many distinguished Chinese graduates, Yang Jiechi (LSE '75), now the State Counsellor of the People's Republic of China and Wang Guangya (LSE '75), currently the Head of Hong Kong SAR Bureau. Ambassador Wang's wife, Cong Jun (LSE '75), grand-daughter of Marshal Chen Yi and former Minister Counsellor at the United Nations, is also an LSE alumna. Other key LSE alumnae are Zhou Wenzhong, currently Vice Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Zhang Yesui, another Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs ; Zhang Xiaokang, Chinese Ambassador to Singapore; Tang Guoqiang, Ambassador to Norway; and Sun Yuxi, Chinese Ambassador to India.
In addition to the East Asia International Affairs Programme, LSE IDEAS organises several courses on international relations in the LSE-PKU Summer School in Beijing.