Freeman Chair in China Studies

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The CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies is dedicated to delivering informed public policy debate, expert briefings, and strategic policy recommendations on greater China and East Asia to the diplomatic, policy analysis, business, and government arenas.

About the Freeman Chair 

The CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies was established to advance the study of China and to promote understanding between the United States and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. The Freeman Family—Luther Freeman, as a clergyman, Mansfield Freeman, as a scholar-business leader, and Houghton Freeman as a corporate executive in a global enterprise—have established a tradition of contributing to international understanding through practical experience in East Asia and China.

The United States has a long-standing relationship with China and the countries of East Asia—these countries that play increasingly important roles in the future international system in terms of economics, politics, culture, peace, and security. In the diplomatic, public policy, business, and government fields, Americans and the peoples of China will benefit from greater mutual appreciation and understanding through broad based international exchange.


The Freeman Chair in China Studies lost its benefactor and guiding spirit, Houghton "Buck" Freeman, in late 2010. Click here to read testimonies of Buck as a generous and thoughtful person who truly cared about America’s relationships across the Pacific. 

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  • The project draws on the CSIS's deep expertise on China, Asia, international business, and the global economy.

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    Studying the economic, political, and security dimensions of relations between and among Taiwan, the U.S. and mainland China.

  • The Freeman Chair's electronic newsletter features a timely essay by one of our scholars, highlights our analysis in the news, and provides details on our upcoming events.

  • The China Reality Check Series presents perspectives from academia, industry, and government in order to promote a sustained dialogue on issues related to China's reemergence as a global power.

  • CSIS Asia Program Blog: CogitASIA

    There has never been as great a need for a serious and sustained policy discussion on Asia in Washington. Join that discussion on our blog.


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