The Committee on Scholarly Communications with China was a NGO formed by some American academics to create a channel for scholarly communication with the People’s Republic of China. Between 1966 and 1971, it had mad a great effort to establish the academic relations between our two countries. Between 1972 and 1996, it developed academic exchanges through different forms such as sending delegations, financing scholars to have mutual visit, and carrying out cooperation with the Chinese academic institutions.
Through the case study on “the Research Project of Zouping Area”, we have found that in early Sino-US academic exchanges, there was impassable barrier in political relations, different political culture, different languages and cultural background. The American academics gradually recognized a real China, making correction on some bias in their previous impression. In the long-time field study, they observed revolutionary changes in Chinese society and economy since the reform and opening to the outside world, and some problems emerged along with the reform. They also recognized the importance of maintaining good relations between China and the United States and at the same time kept influencing the US government in China policy making.
Through an overview of the academic communication between CSCPRC and China between 1966 and 1996, we can find: the Sino-America academic exchanges benefit both the Chinese and the American academia. The academic exchanges help to eliminate the misunderstanding between the two countries and also form a good interaction between Sino-American political exchanges.