The China Story Project is created by the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University (ANU). The Centre is an initiative of the Australian Government in collaboration with the ANU, a university with the most significant concentration of dedicated Chinese Studies expertise in the world.

The primary purpose of CIW is to support academic research at the ANU relating to all areas of the Chinese-speaking world (the People’s Republic, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and other countries). We also recognise the importance of sharing that research with the broader public in a relevant, accessible and engaging way. This is the purpose of The China Story Project, comprising two halves:

The China Story Yearbook is CIW’s signature publication. Since its inception in 2012, the Yearbook has aimed to provide a themed overview of the events that shaped China during the year. Reference to the China Story 中国的故事 reflects the principle laid out by CIW Founding Director, Emeritus Professor Geremie Barmé, that China’s story is not only the version told by the Chinese Communist Party, but also includes the diverse perspectives of a multitude of others, both within and outside the People’s Republic, who are dedicated to understanding the complexities of China through its language, history, culture, politics, economy, society, and most importantly, its people.

China Story is a new blog, launched in April 2020, dedicated to bringing the latest China analysis, commentary, and stories to the public in a concise and accessible manner. China Story builds on the foundational work of the China Neican 内参 newsletter developed by Yun Jiang and Adam Ni of the China Policy Centre in Canberra. The editorship of China Story comprises Yun, Adam and CIW Director, Jane Golley.

The redesigned China Story website was launched in April 2020. The original website (2012–2020) along with its contents have been archived.