New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre

New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre

Welcome to the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre

The Centre is a national centre to promote knowledge and understanding of China today through support for research including collaborative research, lectures, seminars, conferences, visitor exchanges and information sharing. It aims to provide a forum for research on contemporary China, and create a strong and enduring New Zealand network of China specialists, academics and providers. It also aims to strengthen ties between scholars and researchers in leading institutions in New Zealand and counterparts in China.

The New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre is based at Victoria University of Wellington, and in addtion to Victoria University of Wellington it has seven University Members. These are: the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, the University of Canterbury, the University of Otago, the University of Waikato, Lincoln University and Massey University.

For more on the Centre, click on About Us.


Mar30SeminarsChina and Europe along the Belt and Road
Date: 30 March 2017
Time: 5.00 pm
Venue: AM 101, Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn Campus
When the government of Xi Jinping began to piece together China’s ‘Belt and Road’ trade… Read more
May4SymposiumsTrump, China and the Region: Where to from here?
Date: 4 May 2017
Time: 12.00 am
Venue: Hunter Council Chamber, Victoria University of Wellington
The election of President Donald J. Trump and the consolidation of President Xi Jinping’s leadership… Read more
May18SeminarsChina and TPP: Rule Making and Trade Gains
Date: 18 May 2017
Time: 4.30 pm
Venue: RH 104, Rutherford House, Victoria University
In January this year, the US president Trump declared that US would quit the TPP… Read more

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20 February 2017 Shi Yinhong on China-US relations under Trump
Professor Shi Yinhong has presented a thought-provoking talk on China’s strategic approach toward the United States under Trump in a well-attended public lecture in Wellington. Read more
24 June 2016 New Zealand Scholars Examine China and the Pacific in Guangzhou
New Zealand scholars and practitioners joined with influential speakers from Samoa, China, the United States and Australia to take part in China’s inaugural International Conference on the Pacific. Read more
16 May 2016 Victoria University of Wellington participates in Chinese Think Tank Forum
The New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre joined Think Tanks from more than 20 countries in Guangzhou to flesh out proposals for building China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. Read more

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The Rise of Chinese Agriculture
brings together a select group of international scholars and practitioners to build a picture of where the Chinese agricultural sector is heading and to analyse the implications of these trends for countries and producers that partner with China.

Conference date: 27-28 Oct. 2016.

For more information and the conference programme click here.


China and the Pacific: The View from Oceania was held at the National University of Samoa in Apia on 25 and 26 February 2015. It focused on reactions to China's rise and growing role in Oceania. Read papers from presenters.

China and USA

China-US Relations in Global Perspective is an international conference with world-class scholars from China, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and other countries to discuss issues related to the bilateral relationship. The conference will not only look at China-US relations from the perspectives of the two giants. It will also offer an opportunity to examine the bilateral relationship from third parties such as countries in the Asia-Pacific Region and Europe.

For more information and the programme, click here.

New Zealand's China Policy: Building a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership—July 2015.