The YCW Resource Hub is an aggregation of online infographics, datasets, databases, lists and translations, which we hope will be useful for those engaged in research on China. We have endeavoured to post resources that are data-centric and free to access, and will add to this list over time.

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ChinaFile – Visualizing China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign. Interactive tool that tracks investigation of Chinese officials in the Xi Jinping era. Data from late 2012 – mid 2018. Updated under the direction of YCW New York Chapter Director, Michael Laha.

MacroPolo –  the 19th Central Committee. Basic biographical information on the members on the 19th Central Committee and its alternate members.

Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies-  Infographic – China’s Economic Governance. A3 size visual guide to the leaders of China’s economy and their key initiatives. Updated Nov 2018.

Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies – China’s Leaders of Party and State After the 13th NPC and CPPCC. A3 size visual guide to the most important political leaders in China and their portfolios. Updated April 2018.

Carnegie Endowment for International PeaceChina Vitae. Tracks the career progression of more than 5,000 Chinese leaders in government, politics, the military, education, business, and the media. The public appearances and travel of around 500 Chinese officials is also tracked.


Law and Policy

Rhodium Group / Asia Society Policy Institute China Dashboard. Tracks China’s progress towards its self-defined reform objectives in 10 essential economic policy clusters.

NPC ObserverComprehensive resource on the National People’s Congress and the Standing Committee. Highlights include Bilingual NPC Organisational Chart and State Council Organisational Chart, Tax Legislation Tracker, Demographics of the NPC, a Guide to the 2018 State Council reforms, and the 13th NPC Standing Committee Legislative Plan.

Supreme People’s Court Monitor – Comprehensive resource run by Chinese legal expert Susan Finder. Highlights include how to access Chinese online court hearings, and how to access Supreme People’s Court databases.

China Law Translate – Comprehensive list of English translations of Chinese law, guiding cases and drafts.  Comprehensive legal documents on social credit and glossary on Chinese legal terms.

Hong Kong E-Legislation – Comprehensive bilingual database of Hong Kong legislation dating back to 30 June 1997. Includes a English-Chinese dictionary of legal terms used in Hong Kong legislation.

ChinaFile NGO Project –  Laws and Regulations. Relevant laws and regulations pertinent to the operation of NGOs in China.

New AmericaDigiChina. Translations of key AI and cybersecurity speeches and policy documents  from Chinese officials.

Mandarin Society / 中央编译局 Central Compilation and Translation BureauCCTB Vocabulary Lists. Authoritative English translations of new terms arising in Chinese policy documents available in Google Sheets, .txt and .csv format. Last updated December 22, 2016.

中国皮书网 – Pishu Database. Reports by Chinese experts intended to guide Chinese policymaking, published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Social Sciences Academic Press.

中国咨询China Infobank. Provides news on China economics, laws and legislations, stock information, macroeconomic statistics, etc. It offers access to 15 full-text Chinese databases

China’s State CouncilPress Releases. English text of State Council Policies.

国家知识产权局商标局  中国商标网 Trademark Office of National Intellectual Property Administration. Search for Chinese trademarks.

专利检索及分析 Patent Search and Analysis. Search for Chinese patents in 9 languages.

中国裁判文书网 Judgements of the Supreme People’s Court – a non-exhaustive database.

全国法院失信被执行人名单  – A list of Shixin 失信/ (“untrustworthy”) individuals subject to legal enforcement by the Supreme People’s Court due to unpaid financial penalties.

中国执行信息公开网 A list of individuals subject to legal enforcement (Zhixing/执行) by the Supreme People’s Court.

Aid / NGO

William & Mary – AidData. Datasets on global Chinese-government financed projects; public diplomacy financing in East Asia and the Pacific; Chinese-government financing to Africa; and Chinese-government financing in ecologically sensitive areas.

The Lowy Institute – Pacific Aid Map. Aid Map tracks Chinese aid to Pacific Island countries, with complete data up to 2016.

ChinaFile –  The China NGO Project. Resources include a database of all foreign NGOs that are registered in China and temporary activities of foreign NGOs filed since Jan 2017.


CSIS China PowerIs China Both a Source and Hub for International Students? Data up to 2016 for international students studying in China, Chinese international students studying abroad and the percentage of Chinese students returning home after graduation.

Australian Department of Education – Monthly summary snapshot of international student enrollment data in tertiary education, high schools and English courses. Pivot tables for time series 2002-2018.

US Immigrations and Customs EnforcementStudent and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS). Authoritative data on Chinese international students studying in the US.

National Science Board Science and Engineering Indicators 2018. Data on degrees in science and technology awarded in China, doctorate completion and gender breakdown of science and technology degree attainment.

Corporate Information

国家企业信用信息公示系统 National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System. The national PRC corporate registry.

启信宝 Qixin. A third-party credit and corporate information provider.

企查查 Qichacha. A third party credit and corporate information provider.

天眼查 Tianyancha. A third-party credit and corporate information provider. Access from outside China currently unavailable.

胡润百富 Hurun Rich List. Searchable database of individuals on the Hurun Rich List.

State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) directory. List of all central SASAC entities in China.

Belt & Road

American Enterprise Institute – China Global Investment Tracker. Dataset covers China’s global investment and construction since 2005. BRI projects are tagged and projects with troubled financing are also tagged.

CSISReconnecting Asia. Dataset covers roads, railways, seaports, intermodal facilities and power plants across Asia since 2006.

Council on Foreign Relations – Belt and Road Tracker. CFR takes a look at how the economic relationship between China and other countries has changed over time.

Boston University – China’s Global Energy Finance. This dataset “tracks and displays this overseas development finance in the energy sector provided by China’s two global policy banks—the China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of China.” Covers investments from 2000 to present, and includes a toggle to view either all investments or only BRI-related projects.

RWR Advisory Belt and Road Monitor. Bi-weekly newsletter that tracks new BRI project developments and investments, as well as commentary on the BRI and BRI partnerships. Free and paid options available.

State Information Center / Office of the Leading Group for the Belt and Road Initiative – Belt and Road Portal. Repository of official Chinese government policy on the BRI such as English translations of bilateral agreements, local government BRI action plans and news of new BRI initiatives.

Economics and Finance

MacroPolo –  The China Footprint. Tracks the nature of Chinese economic engagement in the US on FDI, education, homes, tourism and EB-5 visas. Data from 2010-2017.

MacroPolo –  Know the Numbers. Tracks Chinese investment in America at three levels: national, state and county. Provides economic impact of investment like contribution to economy and jobs created.

Rhodium GroupChina Investment Monitor. Tracks Chinese direct investment in the US.  

Rhodium Group and the National Committee on US-China RelationsNew Neighbours. Updated annually, this report tracks Chinese FDI in the US by congressional district and the local impacts of that investment.

SAIS China Africa Research Initiative Data. Database covers themes such as China-Africa trade, loans, aid, and agricultural investment.

Crowell MoringChina Retaliatory Tariffs. Detailed tariff tables of current US retaliatory trade actions against other countries, including China.

KPMG / The University of Sydney Business School Demystifying Chinese Investment in Australia Database. Data last updated April 2019.

Australian National University East Asian Bureau of Economic ResearchCHIIA Database. Public database of Mainland Chinese direct commercial investment in Australia. Data 2014-2017.

Australian Foreign Investment Review BoardPublications. Estimates of foreign land and water ownership in Australia.

Uncovering Asia Journalism Conference – How to Track Chinese Businesses in Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia: Tips and Tools from Top Investigative Reporters. Essential tips on tracking Chinese companies in China and around the world. The article links to this presentation by Karen Zhang from SCMP on tracing Chinese business with public sources and this presentation by Patrick Boehler on tracking Chinese investments and influence in Europe.

CEICChina Country Indicators. Data on national accounts, production, construction and property, government and public finance, demographics and labor markets, domestic trade, inflation etc.

Hong Kong Trade and Economic Development Council Economic and Trade Information on Hong Kong. Authoritative data on Hong Kong’s economic indicators.



China Media ProjectDictionary. Context and definitions of buzzwords and new trending topics on social media and in contemporary Chinese print media.

China Digital TimesGrass-Mud Horse Lexicon. Glossary of memes, nicknames, and neologisms created by Chinese netizens and encountered in online political discussions

NüVoicesFemale Experts on Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China and Taiwan. Open-access directory of 500 female experts on China with contact information sorted by location and expertise.

The Jamestown Foundation: China Research Source Sheet. One-pager with links to websites of Chinese Communist Party organizations, journals and news; Chinese state organizations; and Chinese military organizations and media.

Society and Sentiment

China Labour Bulletin –  Strike Map. Bilingual map of workers’ strikes in Mainland China. Associated Twitter account blasts new strikes. Data from Jan 2011 onwards.

China Labour BulletinWork Accident Map. Bilingual map of work accidents in Mainland China.

ChinaFileWealthy Chinese Are Fleeing the Country Like Mad. Infographic and data on emigration trends for Chinese nationals. Last updated February 3, 2015.

Young China WatchersPulse. Our yearly survey of views from our global community of professionals engaged with China.

The Lowy Institute Poll. Polling on Australian perceptions of China, Chinese investment, foreign interference, and role in the world.

Pew GlobalChina. Polling data on how China is perceived by other countries.


Language Resources

Zhongwen – Chinese-English pop up dictionary. Installs on your browser in Chrome and allows you to hover over terms, translating quickly. 

Anki flashcard app with premade Mandarin lists.

Chinese Grammar Wiki by AllSet Learning – a comprehensive guide to Chinese grammar.

Slow Chinese – weekly newsletter, helping you learn, use and understand Chinese language the way people speak it today. 


— Compiled by Jun Liang Yap and Jacinta Keast

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