Lanxin XIANG

Professor, International History and Politics
Director, Centre of One Belt and One Road Studies, China National Institute for SCO International Exchange and Judicial Cooperation
Spoken languages
Chinese, English
Areas of expertise
  • Cold War
  • Communism and post-communism
  • Foreign policies
  • World wars
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • East Asia



PhD, The Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, USA

Faculty member since 1996, Professor Xiang was previously Associate Professor at Clemson University, United States. He held the Kissinger Chair of Foreign Policy and International Relations (2003-2004) at the Library of Congress, United States. He founded the Trilateral Forum for top-level policy-makers to discuss China. He was McArthur Foundation Fellow in Germany (1989), and Olin Fellow at Yale University (2003). Professor Xiang has held chairs at Fudan University in Shanghai and China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. He is a contributing editor for the publication Survival at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London, and Dushu Magazine in Beijing. His main research focus is East Asia, foreign and security policies, and modern China. His main publications include: "Tradition and Chinese Foreign Relations", "The Origins of the Boxer War" (2003, Chinese version nominated for national book awards), "Recasting the Imperial Far East" (2005), and "Mao’s Generals" (1998).


Expertise details

International Relations in East Asia, History of Modern China, Foreign Policy Analysis

Current project:

  • The Leibniz Paradox: How the West Misunderstands China


Selected publications

English Books

  • “Recasting the Imperial Far East” (1995, NY).
  • “Mao’s Generals”(1998, MD).
  • "The Origins of the Boxer War" (Taylor Francis, UK:2003).


Best-Selling and Award Winning Books Published in China:

  • "The Origins of Boxer War", (2003, Shanghai), nominated for Wenjin National Book Award, 2004.
  • "John Maynard Keynes", a biography (Beijing 2006), First Governmental  Book Award, nominated, November 2007
  • "The Megatrend—The World in 2020", (Shanghai 2007), selected 100 Best Books of 2007, ranks 19.
  • "Tradition and Chinese Foreign Relations-The Ideological Context of Sino-US relations” (2007, Sanlian Press, Beijing)



  • Contributing Editor, Survival, IISS, London
  • Contributing Editor, Dushu Magazine, Beijing
  • Member of the Editorial Board, The Foreign Policy Bulletin, Cambridge University Press
  • Non-Government Delegate, Shangri-la Asian Security Dialogue, Singapore
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