People’s Republic of China: An Overview
The People’s Republic of China has been emerging as a world power by cultivating ties with the international world through economic reform, regional institutions, and a more open diplomacy. Think tanks serve to assist the government’s desire for such changes through research and policy recommendations. The China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), in particular, is affiliated to China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and works closely with the government to cater to its demand for track-two diplomacy. CIIS has had influence over Chinese diplomacy, such as in defining the Chinese role in the responsibility to protect. Although the organization faces challenges on keeping fast-changing Chinese needs up to date and in internationalizing its research, it has proven to be domestically and regionally influential through the publication of various journals and papers, as well as outreach efforts through international exchange efforts.