The Research Center for the Economies and Politics of Transitional Countries, Liaoning University, is a key research base for humanities and social science of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.It is also a key research base that has exerted a great influence on domestic studies of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) as well as transition economics. At present, fifteen full-time research fellows work for the base, including six professors, four associate professors, and five lecturers.
The center brings together many outstanding experts, scholars, young and middle-aged scientific research backbones of Liaoning University. Professor Wei Cheng, the first director of the center and the current director of center academic committee, had worked for a long time as president and secretary of the party committee of Liaoning University. As a famous expert on transition economies like Russia and Eastern Europe countries, professor Cheng is Vice President of Chinese Association for Russian, East European & Central Asian Studies. He has written more than a hundred of articles that have appeared in academic journals such as The Journal of World Economy, World Economics and Politics, and International Economic Review, and more than ten books. Professor Hongzhong Liu is the current director of the center. He is an outstanding scholar for the economic research of emerging market countries in China. He is Vice President of China Society of World Economics, executive member of the council of Chinese Association of Emerging Economies, and Vice President and Secretary-General of Liaoning Society of World Economics.
The scholars of the center have committed to empirical analysis and comparative studies of the economic transition course of transition countries including Russia, Central Asia, Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries for years, meanwhile proceeding a deep study of relations between China and these countries by combining with the practice of China society and economy development, which makes the research work meaningful for serving the development of China society and economy. The center has undertaken and completed more than thirty scientific research projects supported by National Social Science Foundation, Key Research Base for Humanities and Social Sciences of Ministry of Education, and by relevant government departments. The great efforts of many years that have helped the center make fruitful achievements, of which the representative ones are as follows: Transition Economy Research Series (6 books), Comparative Study on the Transition of Central and Eastern Europe Countries and CIS Countries, Property Right Reform and the Research on Corporate Governance in Transition Countries, and International Comparison of Economic Transition, etc.
The future objective for the center is to build a first-class center in China that will exert a great influence on the research of economic and political transition of the countries in the CIS and Central and Eastern Europe to provide an important think tank support for deepening the relationship between China and these countries through active collaboration with foreign countries and its own solid theoretical foundation.