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ANZSOG’s China Reciprocal Program (CRP) is a two-week intensive in-country program that provides an opportunity for Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand senior public officials to gain a deeper understanding of China. The program introduces participants to senior Chinese officials and explores information, ideas, values and beliefs with a focus on the Chinese system of government, including politics, the economy, and key contemporary issues such as the environment, industry and social policy. Participants visit several cities in China, providing contrast and demonstrating degrees of development and diversity.

What are the benefits?

  • Enhanced appreciation of opportunities for Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand in working with China
  • Improved confidence in dealing with Chinese counterparts in their fields of work,
  • Knowledge and awareness of the cultural, economic and diplomatic challenges facing China
  • Opportunity to learn alongside public sector peers and participate in counterpart exchanges in China
  • Membership of an esteemed alumni network of former CRP participants across Australian and Aotearoa-New Zealand governments.

What are the features of the program?

  • Multi-city program including Beijing and Shanghai as well as a minimum of two additional cities.
  • Visits and meetings with high level Communist Party officials at Zhongnanhai, the central headquarters for the Communist Party of China and the State Council of China.
  • Lectures from leading experts on China and senior political leaders on key contemporary issues such as the environment, industry and social policy.
  • High level access to sites of key business innovators and state owned enterprises.

Who are our participants?

  • Senior executives – The program is aimed at senior executives at the deputy head of agency level or above from across and Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand.


Who will lead the course?

  • Program Director: Professor Allan Fels AO, founding Dean of ANZSOG and former chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Adjunct Faculty:

  • Professor Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Politics, Kings College London and Director, Lau China Institute.
  • Dr Jamie Greenbaum, Australian National University (ANU) historian specialising in Ming dynasty cultural history and resident in Beijing since 2004.

How much does it cost?

This program’s fee incorporates the following:

  • Expert leadership, specialised lectures from International experts on China and senior officials of government
  • Cost of all accommodation, land transport, most meals and domestic air travel in China
  • Canberra orientation program.

Partners and contributors

  • CRP was initiated by the Organisation Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in conjunction with ANZSOG. The Organisation Department occupies a unique role in the hierarchy of the Chinese government – it oversees appointments of all key positions within the administration. CRP – the first and only initiative of its kind undertaken by the Chinese Government – has emerged as a natural extension of the inbound Chinese Advanced Leadership Program, run since 2011; the two programs are entirely complementary.


Nominations for the CRP program will be updated.


The visit gave me a real understanding of how different China’s culture and economy is to ours and the huge long-term opportunities for Australian agriculture, education and tourism. Seeing the widespread use of social media and the internet, through companies such as Weibo and Alibaba is also eye-opening.

– Christine Castley, Deputy Director-General Housing and Homelessness Services, Queensland’s Department of Public Works.

Related programs

The China Advanced Leadership Program (CALP) is an annual three-week program for Chinese officials, delivered in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand. The aim of the program is to develop productive relationships between high level public officials of Australia, Aotearoa-New Zealand and China. The program been operational since 2011. Please view our CALP program page for more information.