The Center of East-West Relations was established in 2008, with the aim of promoting the the revival of the Eastern culture and development of world cultural diversity under the form of globalization, promote the understanding of eastern and western cultures, build respect and trust and achieve a harmonious world that is engaged in the research and exchange between the Orient and the Occident, which provides a wealthy treasure trove for the spirit of humanity.
The center is established with a council and an academic committee. Professor Tian Chenshan is the director of the center, he is a foreign expert at Beijing Foreign Studies University and a researcher at the China Research Center at the University of Hawaii. The vice directors include Zhang Kai and Bian Junfeng respectively. The main task is to promote academic research on the cultures and relationship between the East and West, as well as to provide policy suggestions for relevant departments; to provide related knowledge on the relationship between the East and West to the public, improve the public’s awareness of communication and contact between other civilisations under globalization, strengthen the cultural spirit of the Chinese nation's confidence and self-determination; to promote exchanges and cooperation with foreign academic institutions and scholars and promote the dialogue between civilizations in the context of globalization and post-modern times.
Since its establishment, the center has held several international and national seminars and invited renowned scholars from home and abroad to give lectures. For example: In June 2009, the International Academic Symposium on "The New Vision of East-West Cultural Comparative Studies" was held in collaboration with Nishan Shengyhuan Academy in the hometown of Confucius, Nishan; In October 2009, the International Academic Symposium on "The Financial Crisis and Cultural Revelation" was convened in BFSU; in October 2010, the International Academic Symposium on "100 Years of Confucianism and Oriental Civilizational Revival" held in Nishan, Shandong, etc.
From 2010 until now, the center launched the project "Envoy of Confucianism – Sowing the Seeds of Chinese Culture" successively with the International Confucian Association, Chinese Confucian Research Center, Nishan Shengyuan Academy, Confucius Institute Headquarters, Beijing Sihai Classical Cultural Dissemination Center. The goal is to improve the basic structure of Chinese Traditional Culture in education, communication and propagation within the perspective of the comparison between China and the West, as well as to help people engaged in related work and studies to build an international vision, to master cross-cultural comparative methodologies and create a new realm of cognition to Chinese culture and issues.