Publication of Fudan Survey of China's Neighbouring Countries: A “New Key” to Understanding China’s Neighbors

In August 2017, a comprehensive reference book named Fudan Survey of China's Neighbouring Countries (the Survey) compiled by the Center for China’s Relations with Neighbouring Countries of Fudan University (CCRNC-Fudan) was published by the World Affairs Press. Based on extensive and accurate materials, the Survey introduces 64 countries in the “Greater Neighborhood” of China, amounting to 1.37 million Chinese words.

The Survey was issued under the joint editorship of Professor SHI Yuanhua and Associate Professor QI Huaigao from Institute of International Studies, Fudan University. The Survey was written by over 60 renowned experts and scholars from Fudan University and other renowned China academic institutions, representing a high level of professionalism.

The writing and compiling work of the Survey had been launched ever since the establishment of the CCRNC-Fudan in November 2013. Financially supported by the Institute of International Studies of Fudan University and the Collaborative Innovation Center for Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights of Wuhan University, the CCRNC-Fudan has completed the compiling work of the Survey over a period of more than three years.

The publication of the Survey offers the readers a “new key” to understanding China’s neighbouring countries and at the same time provides the researchers of China’s Neighbouring Diplomacy with solid basic data and thorough investigation into these countries’ national conditions.

The Cover of Fudan Survey of China’s Neighbouring Countries

The Survey covers 64 countries in the “Greater Neighborhood” of China. In the Survey, the concept of “China’s Neighbouring Countries” refers to the “Greater Neighborhood” of China, including six sub-regions, namely, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, West Asia and South Pacific. The Survey investigates the 64 countries in the following order: Russia; 4 countries in Northeast Asia (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Japan); 11 countries in Southeast Asia (Timor-Leste, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam); 8 countries in South Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India); 5 countries in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan); 15 countries in West Asia (United Arab Emirates, Oman, Palestine, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan); 3 Transcaucasian countries (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia); 16 independent countries in South Pacific (Australia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, New Zealand); the United States.

Sketch Map of China's Neighbouring Countries, Fudan Survey of China’s Neighbouring Countries, No. GS(2017)0874

The Survey tries to offer an intact and concise introduction to each country, mainly including six aspects, namely, “territory, nationals, and national conditions”, “political system and the government”, “economy”, “national defense and security”, “diplomacy and foreign relations”, and “relations with China”. The part of “relations with China” touches upon each country’s response to China’s “the Belt and Road Initiative”. The Survey is up to date since it quotes data by the end of 2016 and news by March, 2017.

The Survey embodies the collective wisdom and joint efforts of China’s representative institutes of China’s Neighbouring Diplomacy. These institutes include: Institute of International Studies and School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University, School of International Studies at Peking University, Institute of International Relations at Tsinghua University, National Institute of International Strategy at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Institute of Russian, Eastern European, Central Asian Studies at CASS, Institute of West-Asian and African Studies at CASS, Institute of World Economics and Politics at CASS, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, China Institute of International Studies, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, School of Advanced International and Area Studies at East China Normal University, Institute of Middle East and Institute of Central Asia at Shanghai International Studies University, School of Mongolian Studies at Inner Mongolia University, History School at Liaoning University, Institute of Central Asian Studies at Lanzhou University, Institute of Middle Eastern Studies at Northwest University, Institute of Counter-terrorism Studies at Northwest University of Political Science and Law, Research Center for Pacific Island Countries at Liaocheng University, Center for China’s Periphery Security and Cooperation at Central China Normal University, Institute of World History at Zhejiang University, Center for Oceania Studies at Sun Yat-sen University, School of International Studies at Jinan University, Guangdong Institute for International Strategies at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Institute of South Asian Studies at Sichuan University, Guizhou University of Finance and Economics, Institute of South-east Asian Studies and Institute of South Asian Studies at Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of Myanmar Studies at Yunnan University, etc.

The Survey is to be revised every three years.

Copyright Information

SHI Yuanhua and QI Huaigao, eds., Fudan Survey of China’s Neighbouring Countries, Beijing: World Affairs Press, August 2017.

ISBN: 978-7-5012-5420-0

The editors:

SHI Yuanhua is a Specially-Appointed Professor of Fudan University, and Director of the Center for China’s Relations with Neighbouring Countries at Fudan University (CCRNC-Fudan). His major research areas are China’s diplomatic history, China’s neighbouring diplomacy, Korean peninsula issue and East Asia regional cooperation.

QI Huaigao is an Associate Professor of the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University, and Deputy Director of the CCRNC-Fudan. His major research areas are China’s neighbouring diplomacy, China’s ocean affairs, Asia Pacific international relations.


Russia (by LI Yonghui) pp. 1-12.

Democratic People's Republic of Korea (by ZHENG Jiyong) pp. 13-25.

Republic of Korea (by FANG Xiuyu) pp. 26-36.

Mongolia (by B. Shurentana) pp. 37-50.

Japan (by BAO Xiaqin) pp. 51-63.

Timor-Leste (by JIA Duqiang) pp. 64-75.

Philippines (by CHEN Qinghong) pp. 76-87.

Cambodia (by XU Mei) pp. 88-100.

Laos (by FANG Yun) pp. 101-112.

Malaysia (by MA Yanbing) pp. 113-124.

Myanmar (by LI Chenyang and SONG Shaojun) pp. 125-136.

Thailand (by ZHOU Fangye) pp. 137-147.

Brunei Darussalam (by JU Hailong) pp. 148-161.

Singapore (by WEI Min) pp. 162-172.

Indonesia (by LI Wannan) pp. 173-185.

Vietnam (by ZHAO Weihua) pp. 186-197.

Afghanistan (by ZHU Yongbiao) pp. 198-209.

Pakistan (by LI Qingyan) pp. 210-221.

Bhutan (by YANG Siling) pp. 222-233.

Maldives (by WANG Juanjuan) pp. 234-248.

Bangladesh (by SHI Hongyuan) pp. 249-258.

Nepal (by WU Zhaoli) pp. 259-271.

Sri Lanka (by YANG Xiaoping) pp. 272-280.

India (by ZHANG Jiadong) pp. 281-293.

Kazakhstan (by XU Haiyan) pp. 294-303.

Kyrgyzstan (by LI Ziguo) pp. 304-316.

Tajikistan (by WANG Haiyan) pp. 317-331.

Turkmenistan (by ZHANG Ning) pp. 332-344.

Uzbekistan (by SU Chang) pp. 345-356.

United Arab Emirates (by TONG Fei) pp. 357-366.

Oman (by HAN Zhibin) pp. 367-378.

Palestine (by MA Xueqing) pp. 379-390.

Bahrain (by LI Fuquan) pp. 391-402.

Qatar (by WANG Meng) pp. 403-414.

Kuwait (by JIANG Yingmei) pp. 415-425.

Lebanon (by NIU Song) pp. 426-438.

Saudi Arabia (by WU Yan) pp. 439-451.

Turkey (by LI Yanzhi) pp. 452-464.

Syria (by SUN Lixin) pp. 465-476.

Yemen (by ZHANG Jinping) pp. 477-489.

Iraq (by LIU Dong) pp. 490-499.

Iran (by JIN Liangxiang) pp. 500-512.

Israel (by LI Weijian) pp. 513-526.

Jordan (by TANG Zhichao) pp. 527-539.

Azerbaijan (by YANG Jin) pp. 540-550.

Georgia (by YANG Shu) pp. 551-564.

Armenia (by BI Hongye) pp. 565-576.

Australia (by HAN Feng) pp. 577-589.

Papua New Guinea (by LU Qinghong) pp. 590-603.

Fiji (by SONG Xiuju) pp. 604-615.

Kiribati (by XU Meili) pp. 616-625.

Cook Islands (by WANG Zuocheng) pp. 626-636.

Marshall Islands (by LIU Likun) pp. 637-647.

Micronesia (by DING Haibin) pp. 648-658.

Nauru (by FEI Sheng) pp. 659-666.

Niue (by LIU Fengshan) pp. 667-676.

Palau (by LI Defang) pp.677-687.

Samoa (by FEI Sheng) pp. 688-695.

Solomon Islands (by ZHANG Yong) pp. 696-703.

Tonga (by WANG Jingyuan) pp. 704-715.

Tuvalu (by ZHAO Shaofeng) pp. 716-725.

Vanuatu (by XU Xiujun) pp. 726-736.

New Zealand (by WANG Shiming) pp. 737-749.

United States (by XIN Qiang) pp. 750-762.

Annex: Data survey of China and its Neighbouring Countries (by HE Yongpeng) pp. 763-771.

By HU Yangyu and HE Hui