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Protection of Overseas Interests Center

China’s national interests have expanded outside its territory as reform has deepened and the pace of globalization has increased. The overseas interests are indivisible components of Chinese national interests. The protection of overseas interests has become a crucial task of China’s diplomacy and a topic worthy of research.



The center has three members: Professor Xia Liping, Associate Professor Ren Yuanzhe and Dr. Chen Shi.


Xia Liping

24 Zhanlan Rd, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100037  

Tel: 0086-10-68323674

Fax: 0086-10-68323947





2008  Ph.D. in Diplomatic Studies at Foreign Affairs University.

    1997  M.A. in International Relations at Foreign Affairs University.

    1994  B.A. in History at Anhui University.


Professional Positions Held

2011.11-present Professor, Department of Diplomatic Studies, China Foreign Affairs University.

2013.8-2014.6 Fulbright Research Visiting Scholar, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

2011.11-2013.8 Professor and deputy dean, Department of Diplomatic Studies, China Foreign Affairs University.

2007.11-2011.11 Associate professor and deputy dean, Department of Diplomatic Studies, China Foreign Affairs University

2006.7-2007.11 Associate professor, director of the Section of Diplomatic Studies, Department of Diplomatic Studies, China Foreign Affairs University.

2002.6-2006.7  Lecturer, Department of Diplomatic Studies, China Foreign Affairs University.

2000.3-2002.6 Third secretary, Consular Section, Chinese Embassy in Israel.

1999.7-2000.3 Lecturer, Department of Diplomatic Studies, China Foreign Affairs University.

1997.7-1999.7 Assistant Lecturer, Department of Diplomatic Studies, China Foreign Affairs University.


Courses Taught and Other Services Provided to Students and the University


Diplomatic History of Contemporary China.

Consular Affairs and Overseas Chinese.

Other Services:

Member, Academic Board of China Foreign Affairs University.

Member, Academic Degrees Committee of China Foreign Affairs University.

Executive Member of the Council of Beijing Women Professors Association.





1. Study on the Management of Foreigners in World Cities, with Liang Baoshan, Zhou Yanzhe. Beijing: World Affairs Press, 2015.

2. Consular Law and Practice, Chinese translation of Consular Law and Practice (Lee, Luke T., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991) together with Liang Baoshan, Huang Ping and Pan Weihuang. Beijing: World Affairs Press, 2012.

3. A Study of Consular Protection Mechanism Reform- Perspective of Major Developed Countries. Beijing: Beijing Publishing Group Ltd, 2011.

4. Chapter 8, “China’s Consular Service Reform and Changes in Diplomacy”, in Jan Melissen and Ana Mar Fernandez, (eds.), Consular Affairs and Diplomacy. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2011.

5. Chapter 10, “Consular Functions and Consular Relations”, in Yang Chuang (eds.), Diplomacy. Beijing: World Affairs Press, 2010.

6. Chapter 8, “International Order and the Harmonious World”, in Xie Yixian (eds.), Diplomatic History of Contemporary China (1949-2009). Beijing: China Youth Press, 2009.

7. Chapter 8, co-editor, “Development of China’s Consular Service since 1978”, in Zheng Qirong, Gao Fei, Xia Liping (eds.), China’s Diplomacy since Reform and Opening-up (1978-2008). Beijing: World Affairs Press, 2008.

Management of Foreigners’ Affairs in Beijing, co-editor. Beijing: Tongxin Press, 2007,


1. “The Latest Development of the Idea and Practice of "Diplomacy for the People" Since the Eighteenth Congress of the Communist Party of China,” Contemporary World, Vol. 2, 2015.

2. “China's Consular Protection Mechanism Gradually Mature,” Liaowang, Vol. 32, 2014.

3. “Is Consular Services still a Cinderella?” World Affairs, Vol. 12, 2013.

4. “Analysis of China´s Consular Protection in Africa,” East-Asian Affairs, September, 2013.

5. “Security Risks Affecting  Overseas Chinese and Protection,” International Politics Quarterly, Vol. 2, 2013

6. “Analysis of China’s Consular Mechanism in Africa,” West Asia and Africa, Vol. 1, 2013.

7. “China’s Consular Protection Mechanism: A Case Study of Libya Evacuation,” West Asia and Africa, Vol. 9, 2011.

8. “On Beijing Municipality’s Management of Emergencies Involving Foreigners,” Journal of Beijing Administrative College, Vol. 2, 2011.

9. “Analyzing U.S. Visa Screening Reform,” Foreign Affairs Review, Vol. 2, 2011.

10. “An Analysis of the EU’s Common Consular Protection,” Chinese Journal of European Studies, Vol. 2, 2010.

11. “Reform of the British Consular Protection Mechanism Since 1990: Challenges and Responses,” Foreign Affairs Review, Vol. 4, 2009.

12. “The Reasons Behind Institutional Changes in the Protection of the Security of Overseas Chinese Citizens by the Chinese Government,” International Forum, Vol. 1, 2009.

13. “The Development of Japan’s Consular Protection Mechanism and Its Implications for China,” Japan Issue Study, Vol. 2, 2008.

14. “A Study of Zhou Enlai’s Thought on Single Citizenship,” Foreign Affairs Review, Vol. 2, 2008.

15. “Comment on China’s Consular Protection Mechanism as Seen from the Kidnapping of 5 Chinese Workers in Nigeria,” Legal Daily, January 12, 2007: 4.

16. “Learning, Cognition and China’s New Diplomacy,” International Forum, Vol. 4, 2006.

17. “Level Analysis in History Teaching,” History Teaching, Vol. 4, 2006.

18. “An Analysis of Overseas Chinese Security,” International Forum, Vol. 1, 2006.

19. “The New Emphasis of China’s Diplomacy: Protecting the Safety of Citizens Overseas,” Expanding Horizons, Vol. 6, 2005.

20. “Contacts between China and Israel in the 1950s as Seen from Declassified Files of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” Contemporary China History Studies, Vol. 3, 2005.

21. “Citizens Abroad Better Protected,” China Daily, May 24, 2005: 4.

22. “An Analysis on the Latest Development of China’s Consular Protection Mechanism,” International Forum, Vol. 3, 2005.

23. “The Bandung Conference and China’s Efforts to Establish Diplomatic Relations with Asian and African Countries,” Foreign Affairs Journal, Vol. 2, 2005.

24. “On Deng Xiaoping’s Thought of Overseas Chinese Affairs,” History of the CPC, Beijing, Vol. 4, 2004.

25. “An Analysis on the Approaches of American Jews to Influencing American Middle East Policy,” Foreign Affairs Journal, Vol. 2, 2004.

26. “A General Analysis on the Establishment of Sino-Egyptian Diplomatic Relations,” Foreign Affairs Journal, Additional Edition of 2000.

27. “The First School of Foreign Affairs in Modern China,” History Teaching, Vol. 3, 1998.


Professional Honors and Awards and Fellowships:

Research Report “An Analysis on the Libya Evacuation: Achievements and Inadequacy of China’s Consular Protection Mechanism,” Outstanding Research Report Award, Ministry of Education of China, 2011.

Book, A Study of Consular Protection Mechanism Reform- Perspective of Major Developed Countries. Funding Award from the Social Science Publishing Foundation of Beijing Municipality, 2010.

Ph.D. Dissertation “A Study on the Changes of Major Developed Countries’ Consular Assistance Mechanisms and Implications for China,” Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award of Beijing, 2009.

Course “Diplomatic History of Contemporary China” delivered together with colleagues, Best Course of China, Award by the Ministry of Education, China, 2006.

Course “Diplomatic History of Contemporary China” delivered together with colleagues, Best Course of Beijing, Award by Beijing Education Committee, 2004.

Paper “On Deng Xiaoping’s Thought of Overseas Chinese Affairs,” Excellent Paper in the essay soliciting activity held by Beijing Municipality to Commemorate the 100th Birthday of Deng Xiaoping, 2004.



Visiting professor, Sciences Po Lille, France, January 14-28, 2012.

Visiting scholar, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, June 25-July 24, 2007.

Fulbright Research visiting scholar, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, August 2013-June 2014.


Ren Yuanzhe




Dr. Ren Yuanzhe is an associate professor at the Department of Diplomacy, China Foreign Affairs University. He was the program  coordinator of the Center for Strategic and Conflict Management. He is the secretary-general of the Center for Strategic and Peace Studies, consultant of the Center for China Foreign Policy Studies at CFAU, research fellow of the Collaborative Innovation Center for Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights.


He received his doctorate in Diplomatic Studies from China Foreign Affairs University in 2009. His main research interests include Security studies in East Asia, especially the Korean Peninsula and maritime security; regional integration theory and practice in the Asia-Pacific region; China-U.S. Relations in the context of East Asian regional relations; China-South Korea-Japan trilateral cooperation. He also teaches on those topics. He has published widely and frequently participates in various forums and conferences in East Asia.   


His recent publications include:


China’s Maritime Boundary. Beijing: China International Culture Press, February, 2014.

 Maritime Security in the Pacific Ocean: Challenges and Opportunities, Ren Yuanzhe ed. Beijing: China Ocean Press, September, 2014.


Journal Articles:

“Transformation of Asia-Pacific Security Architecture and ASEAN’s Role,”Journal of International Security Studies, February, 2016.

“China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral Cooperation and East Asian Integration: Process, Achievements and Prospect,” Journal of South Korean Studies, Vol. 2, 2014.

“Comparative Studies of National Security Commission: China, Japan and South Korea,” Journal of International Security Studies, September, 2014.

 “Obama Administration’s Mekong Strategy and Its Influence on China,” Contemporary International Relations, No. 2, February 2013.


Shi Chen

Email: kyriotetes87@hotmail.com.


Shi Chen is a researcher who was awarded a doctorate in Politics by Durham University in 2016. Shi also gained an M.A. in International Relations from Durham University in 2010. Shi has a B.A. in Law from Renmin University of China. Shi’s research interests are in the fields of Sino-Japanese relations, China’s international relations, Politics of the Pacific Asia, and Public Diplomacy.



“Political Correctness in Sino-Japanese Relations,” a paper presented at Global China: The China Postgraduate Network Annual Conference, University of Bristol, July 2015.

    “Mutual Distrust between China and Japan and the Locked Sino-Japanese Relations,” a paper presented at The Fifth Asian Conference on Asian Studies, Kobe, Japan, May 2015.

    “Bilateral Strategic and Moral distrust in Sino-Japanese Relations,” a paper presented at China Links: Connecting the World, at the University of Nottingham, July 2014.

Major Activities


 1.  Professor Xia Liping visited Guangdong Province for research and field work. WHEN DID THIS VISIT OCCUR???? 

Professor Xia visited the Foreign Affairs Office of Guangdong Province, City of Foshan and Nanhai District in order to understand the impact of local governments on consular protection.

He had a conference with Chief Jiang Yanhua and Deputy Chief Huang Songbin of Foshan Foreign Affairs Office. They discussed the setting-up and running of an overseas security assistance hotline and other measures of preventive consular protection.

Director Chen Hui and Deputy Director You Haining of the Foreign Affairs Bureau of Foshan, introduced how to connect the sustainable growth of the power of overseas Chinese and the security protection of overseas students, citing the Association of Nanhai Overseas Students as a major task.

A conference with members of Guangdong Province Foreign Affairs Office, including Deputy Director Luo Jun, Chief Ye Lan, Deputy Chief Chen Qian, Chief Yuan Lvli and Investigator Chen Jie introduced the influences of Guangdong government on preventive consular protection and the construction of an emergency response mechanism.


 2.  Professor Xia Liping visited the Foreign Affairs Office of Shanghai for research in July 2015.

In order to understand consular protection of foreign affairs offices of local governments, Professor Xia Liping visited the Foreign Affairs Office of Shanghai for research. He had meetings with Director Hou Xiaoyuan, Deputy Director Chen Jingrong and former Director Zhang Yaozhong of the Foreign Security Division.

The officials identified the main problems in consular protection as: how could Chinese citizens use the local judicial system to protect their personal rights, how to adapt the content of assistance in domestic law to overseas citizens, how to manage the poor-qualified enterprises in the “Go Global” strategy, and how to enhance the overseas safety awareness of enterprises and citizens. Professor Liping expressed her opinions during the discussion. 


3. Associate Professor Ren Yuanzhe attended the Council Security Cooperation Asia-Pacific conference in Singapore in January 2016.

Associate Professor Ren was invited to the conference and took part in the Young Leaders Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum.

During the conference, scholars and experts discussed the applicability of “preventive diplomacy” in the hot spots of the Asia-Pacific region such as the South China Sea, East China Sea and Korea Peninsula.

Associate Professor Ren addressed the South China Sea issue and discussed the obstacles of conducting preventive diplomacy and the future of regional security. This conference created a new channel for CFAU to communicate with global academia and deliver China’s diplomatic and security policies.


         4.  Associate Professor Ren Yuanzhe visited Mongolia for a conference.

In June 2015, Associate Professor Ren Yuanzhe attended the “Ulaanbaatar Process Conference” held by the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict and the “Ulaanbaatar Dialog Conference” held by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia.

Both conferences had the theme of security of Northeast Asia. Associate Professor Ren delivered speeches on the security of Northeast Asia and China’s foreign policies towards neighboring states. He raised the suggestions on promoting denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and maintaining security and stability of Northeast Asia.