China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) is the think tank of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, conducting research and analysis on a wide range of foreign policy issues. Research at the Institute is focused primarily on medium and long-term policy issues of strategic importance, particularly those concerning international politics and world economy. It also includes comments and policy recommendations on the world's major events and hot-spot issues.
The Institute was founded in 1956 under the name of Institute of International Relations, and assumed the present name in December 1986. In 1998, China Center for International Affairs, formerly a research institution of China's State Council, was incorporated with CIIS.
The Institute consists of Departments for American Studies, Departments for Asia-Pacific Security and Cooperation, Departments for European Studies, Departments for Developing Countries Studies, Departments for European-Central Asian Studies, Departments for International and Strategic Studies, Department for World Economy and Development.
China International Studies, formally launched in late 2005, is the English-edition journal of CIIS, contributed by CIIS researchers and outside foreign affairs experts. As the first English academic publication in China on diplomacy and international politics for formal circulation, the journal provides an influential forum for the discussion of important international issues and China's foreign policy.
The GCMS China Center was established under China Institute of International Studies(CIIS) in Beijing on September 19, 2017. Dr. Rong Ying, Vice President of CIIS has been designated as the Director and Coordinator of the China Center, while professor Zhong Yong, Secretary General of the Lancang-Mekong Water Resources Cooperation Center and professor Lu Guangsheng of Yunnan University have been designated as the Deputy Directors. Dr. Liu Qing, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Department for Asia-Pacific Studies of CIIS serves as the Secretary General of the China Center.