The NYU Center on
U.S.-China Relations was launched to provide a venue for exploring the
increasingly complex interaction between China and the United States.
It is the view of the founders and the Advisory Committee that this
relationship has already become one of the most critical bilateral ties
that the two countries face. Hence, it is essential that specialists and
the general public in both the U.S. and China have available to them
objective research that they can use for shaping future directions in
The Center will focus
predominantly on economic and foreign policy questions. Although issues
of culture, history, and language will be evaluated as they impact
economic and foreign policy, they will not be the primary arenas of
attention here. There are a large number of East Asia and China
Institutes already in existence which cover Chinese cultural, social
and historical questions. Rather than duplicating that effort, the NYU
Center’s focus will be on current policy problems.
The main activity of the
Center will be research, with roughly one half of the effort devoted to
economics and the other half to foreign policy questions. Obviously,
these two areas overlap as well, so there may be years in which the
Center changes the mix of its programs. The expectation is that most of
the research will be conducted through commissioned papers which will
appear in either journals or edited volumes.