Senior diplomats from China will be joining LSE as visiting scholars under a renewed agreement between the School, the Chinese government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The visitors, senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), will be based at LSE IDEAS, the LSE's new centre for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy. Their six-month stay is supported by the British government under its Chevening programme and funding for 2010-2011 has been increased by 50 per cent.
The Chevening support also provides tuition fees, living and travel expenses, for an official from the MFA to study for a master's degree at LSE.
China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, who is himself an LSE alumnus and Honorary Fellow, signed the previous agreement with his opposite number David Miliband in 2007. The renewed agreement, and commitment to extra funding, was signed at the British Embassy in Beijing on 26 March 2010 by Howard Davies, LSE Director, Madam Fu Ying, Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chris Wood, the embassy's Deputy Head.
Professor Arne Westad, Co-Director LSE IDEAS and Co-Head of the IDEAS East Asia International Affairs Programme said: 'Our Chinese links are already strong and now growing even stronger with this generous extra funding. The exchange of ideas helps to forge a better mutual understanding of the way international affairs is developing and it helps us in London appreciate what China is thinking.'
Current and Former Chevening Fellows.
More information on our Chevening Programme Advisers here.