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It is my great honour and pleasure to take on the responsibility as the Editor-in-chief of China: An International Journal (CIJ). I would like to sincerely thank Professor Zheng Yongnian for his enormous efforts to the benefit of the journal in the past 18 years, the past 10 of which he served as chief editor. Professor Zheng had taken CIJ to become the internationally established and recognised journal it is today. Succeeding him is indeed a big challenge and I hope to be able to continue to rely on him for guidance and advice. I am glad that Professor Zheng has accepted my invitation to join the Advisory Board of the journal. Hopefully he will find the time to contribute to the journal in due course as well. I would also like to join Professor Zheng in thanking the editorial team, the associate editors and the board members, who have all been essential in the success of the journal. I hope to be able to continue to rely on their hard work and commitment to the journal and take it to new heights in the future.

Clearly, academic publishing is a dynamic world and much of the world today is in a state of flux. China—its significance to and interaction with the world—is also rapidly changing, and with it, the evolving academic study of China and policy debate on many aspects of China's economy, society, politics and international relations. Over time, in close coordination with the board, the editors and the publisher, I hope to be able to contribute to introducing changes that would ensure the journal's continued relevance for these studies and debates. More importantly, I look forward to hearing from you—readers and authors as well—and welcome your inputs and ideas on how to keep up the high quality and relevance of the journal. [End Page v]

Professor Bert Hofman
Director, East Asian Institute Professor in Practice, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore

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