The LSE has a long history of association with China and Asia stretching back to the School's foundation in 1895. Currently over one quarter of students are from Asia and there are over 9000 alumni from the region.
LSE co-founder and Nobel Prize winner George Bernard Shaw visited China in 1933, where he met Ms Song Qingling, wife of the founder of the 1911 Republic of China, Sun Yat-Sen. Shaw also met the writer Lu Xun and the President of Peking University, Professor Cai Yuanpei. In 1938, anthropologist Professor Fei Xiaotong studied at LSE before going on to play an important role in rural reform in China in the post-Mao era.
In more recent times, LSE's most senior alumnus in China is the current Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Yang Jiechi, who studied at LSE in the mid-1970s. Other senior alumni from China include Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya; Chinese Ambassador to the USA Zhou Wenzhong; and China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Zhang Yesui.
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