Wang Jisi is President of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Peking University, and professor at the School of International Studies, Peking University. He has been a member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of the Foreign Ministry of China since October 2008, and is honorary president of the Chinese Association for American Studies. He is currently a Global Scholar at Princeton University (2011-2015).

After working as a laborer in the Chinese countryside in 1968-78, Wang entered Peking University in 1978 and obtained an MA degree there in 1983. He taught in Peking University’s Department of International Politics (1983-91), and then served as director of the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (1992-2005). He was dean of the School of International Studies, Peking University (2005-2013). He was concurrently president of the Institute of International Strategic Studies at the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China from 2001 to 2009.

Wang was a visiting fellow or visiting professor at Oxford University (1982-83), University of California at Berkeley (1984-85), University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1990-91), and Claremont McKenna College in California (2001). He advises U.S. foreign policy think tanks, and is on the editorial boards of The American Interest, Global Asia, and many Chinese scholarly journals.

Professor Wang’s scholarly interests include U.S. foreign policy, Chinese foreign policy, and Asian security. He has published numerous works in these fields, including Guoji Zhengzhi de Lixing Sikao (Rational Reflections on International Politics, 2006), Sanshinian Shijie Zhengzhi Bianqian (World Politics in Transition: 1979-2009, co-editor, 2012) and Addressing U.S.-China Strategic Distrust (co-authored with Kenneth Lieberthal). His article “China’s Search for Grand Strategy” was published in Foreign Affairs (March/April, 2011). “Dong Xi Nan Bei, Zhongguo Juzhong” (East and West, North and South, China is in the Middle: A Grand Strategic Chessboard) was published in World Affairs (November 01, 2013).


Last Updated: July 9, 2015

China Is Rising Faster

Paul Haenle & Wang Jisi from Carnegie China
Wang says that it has been primarily China’s development that has driven changes in the U.S.-China relationship going back to the Qing Dynasty. However, the U.S. still has significant influence and can play an important role in guiding China’s...

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The ‘Two Orders’ and the Future of China-U.S. Relations

Wang Jisi from Two Way Street
The China-U.S. relationship may be the most complex relationship that has ever existed between two major powers. Ties between China and the United States are deepening, and at every level the interaction between the two countries is marked by both...