Information for Attendees

China Foreign Affairs University and the East Asia Security Symposium and Conference

The East Asia Security Symposium and Conference (EASSC) has been developed over a decade with the China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU). This partnership ranges from the institutional to the personal, includes published peer-reviewed research, and uniquely extends to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government branches of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites attendees to the Ministry each year to either a Press Conference, Private Briefing and/or Tour. The EASSC relationship to the Ministry and the unique status of the CFAU (explained below) has also allowed the EASSC to organize private visits and exclusive briefings and/or discussions to other Beijing-based organizations such as, for example, the China Institute of International Studies, China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization among many others.

The Ministry, branches of the PRC government and the Beijing-based organizations work with the EASSC most explicitly by providing senior, recognized, enthusiastic, forthright and distinctive presenters each year.

CFAU staff working as part of the EASSC

Professor Su Hao

Center for Strategic and Conflict Management

Dr Ren Yuan-zhe

Program Officer
Center for Strategic and Conflict Management

Our Address:

China Foreign Affairs University
24 Zhanlanguan Road
Xicheng District

Introduction to China Foreign Affairs University

China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), is the only institution of higher learning that operates under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. Its aim is to prepare high calibre personnel able to discharge their duties in fluent foreign languages for foreign services, international studies, international business and law.

At the suggestion of Premier Zhou Enlai, CFAU—the predecessor of which was the Department of Diplomacy of the Chinese People’s University—was founded in September 1955. Vice Premier and Foreign Minister Chen Yi, was the then President of CFAU between 1961 and 1969. The following President was H.E. Ambassador Wu Jianmin who was a President of the International Exhibition Bureau, and Vice President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the CPPCC. The incumbent President, Zhao Jin-jun, is a former Ambassador to France.

CFAU has concurrently a Faculty and staff of approximately 400. Around 170 are licensed full-time instructors. About 70 are professors, senior diplomats, renowned experts and scholars that have been engaged as guest professors. In addition, approximately 20 foreign experts and teachers are employed for specialised teaching. CFAU has a student body of 2400. This includes PhD, MA, BA, double-degree students, in-service students, and nearly 100 international students on campus.

Departments and institutes engaged in teaching and research include:
  • Department of Diplomacy
  • Department of English and International Studies
  • Department of Foreign Languages
  • Department of Graduate Studies
  • Department of International Economy
  • Department of International Law
  • Institute of Continuing Education
  • Institute of International Law
  • Institute of International Relations
  • International Exchange Center
  • Office of International Program
Organizations and Societies attached to CFAU include:
  • China Society of International Relations
  • East Asian Studies Center
  • European Studies Center
  • International Law Society
  • Network of East Asian Think-tanks (NEAT)
  • United Nations Studies Center

The President of CFAU (Ambassador Wu Jianmin) is General Coordinator for the NEAT. This is an important second track institution for coordinating think-tanks in the thirteen countries of East Asia. The CFAU East Asian Studies Center carries out the research and routine work for NEAT.

In May 1995 the CFAU Board of Trustees was established with the approval of the Foreign Ministry. Its objectives are to expand CFAU’s lateral ties with relevant sectors of society for fund raising through multiple channels, with the aim of injecting vigour into the operation of university administration. The Board’s honorary chairman is the former Vice Premier Qian Qichen. The presidents have been the successive Foreign Ministers over the past decade.

CFAU will expand its operations on a moderate scale to meet the growing need of the country for talents in the Foreign Service sector. The goal of CFAU is to develop itself into a first class institution with Chinese characteristics to the outside world with diplomatic characteristics to its domestic counterparts; in other words, CFAU aspires to attain to first class level among its kind in the world, while at home, it will give prominence to features such as can only be achieved by none of its kind other than CFAU under the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In compliance with the guideline of ‘orientating its work to the world and future’, CFAU will draw up on a long-term plan, making a global design. CFAU, under the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims to grasp the opportunity to nurture high calibre, foreign language speaking professionals for our country.

China Foreign Affairs University, 2012.

Previous Attendees

The EASSC has provided a unique and unprecedented opportunity for scholars, businesspersons, think-tank personnel, senior military officers, and diplomatic officials from around the world to engage their Chinese counterparts in open and extended conversation on a regular basis. Attendees are consistently from an extremely broad range of universities, state organizations, multinational corporations, intergovernmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations.

Below is an abridged list of participants from previous years. The attendees' common interest is China or related to China. The diverse mix of perspectives provides researchers and scholars with a unique research environment, and this is deliberately encouraged through the selection of participants. If you are considering attending and would like further information, please contact the directors.

To date we have accepted applicants from 24 countries/locations:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey and the United States of America.

In addition to applicants from numerous prestigious civilian universities (such as Johns Hopkins or Georgetown), to date we have accepted applicants from, for example, the following institutions:

  • Chatham House, United Kingdom
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia (Retired)
  • European Institute for Asian Studies
  • Goldman Sachs Office of Global Security, Hong Kong
  • The Asan Institute for Policy Studies, Korea
  • The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
  • The Asia-Europe Project, Belgium
  • The British Embassy in Beijing
  • The China Academy of Military Science
  • The China Academy of Social Sciences
  • The China Association of Arms Control and Disarmament
  • The China Institute of International Studies
  • The China Institute of Marine Strategic Studies
  • The China Institute of World Politics and Economics
  • The China Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • The China National Defense University
  • The French Foundation for Strategic Research
  • The German Institute on Global and Area Studies
  • The Institute for Security and Development Policy, Sweden
  • The International Institute for Liberal Policy, Austria
  • The Korea National Defense University
  • The Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies
  • The United States Department of Defense (Consultant)
  • The United States Embassy in Beijing
  • The United States Naval War College

Our Publishing Process

The EASSC only publishes peer reviewed original research which meets government research data collection criteria. To date we have focused primarily on books but as of 2012 we have built the capacity to publish peer reviewed conference papers through our Peer Reviewed Publishing Site at Bond University.

The conference is our venue where the ideas for, content, and structure of, papers are enhanced before being selected for publication as either a peer-reviewed conference paper or as a chapter within a book to be published by a commercial publisher. Thus our conference is unequivocally publishing-orientated.

Our publishing process is closely linked to the symposium. Attendees arrive in Beijing with their own ideas and existing knowledge. The five-day symposium allows them to gain unique insights and knowledge, and importantly, to test their existing ideas through conversation and questioning—often in tension with the Chinese presenters and other attendees.

In this regard, attendees are purposefully selected to enhance the knowledge of other participants. In addition, the multinational, multi-actor-basis of attendees gives academic scholars the opportunity to learn from and understand intimately the alternative perspective held by those from government, multinational corporations, intergovernmental organisations and nongovernmental organisations. This has enhanced the academic publications produced by the EASSC publishing process and made them more relevant to the broader society.

The EASSC publishing process may be understood as a research cycle that starts with your ideas (see Figure 1 below). The cycle is: Think/Idea, Research, Seminar, Feedback, Write, Publish, Think/Idea. In addition Figure 2 below sets-out our production line approach to the research cycle. It identifies the important publishing element that many ideas may be at various stages of the research cycle at the same time—and indeed must be to consistently publish.

The annual EASSC is a significant catalyst to generate new ideas, is modelled on and enhances the research cycle, maintains the production line of publishing, and is dedicated to peer-reviewed publishing which meets government research data collection criteria and the highest academic standards.

Figure 1: The Research Cycle

Figure 2: Production Line (Approach)