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Certificate for Module (China's Foreign Policy and Relations)
證書(單元 : 中國外交政策與關係)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
30 hours
English, suppl with teaching materials in Chinese
Course Fee
HK$7,800 per programme
3762 0868
2571 0630
How to Apply


This programme aims at introducing to students the strategies of Chinese foreign policy. Topics include the continuities and changes in Chinese foreign policy from the Mao Zedong to the post-Mao era, the Chinese leadership priorities, China’s role in the world economy, military relations and culture, and Chinese national security policies.  China’s relations with the United States, Beijing-Taipei relations, China’s relations with Korea and Japan, China’s relations with Russia and North Korea, China’s relations with Southeast Asian and the Pacific Islands, China’s relations with Australia and New Zealand, China’s relations with African states, and China’s relations with the Middle East and Latin America, will be discussed.
On completion of the programme, students should be able to

1. discuss the strategies of Chinese foreign policy;

2. examine China’s bilateral relations with other countries in the world;

3. explain the challenges faced by China in its foreign relations.

Programme Details


  1. Continuities and changes in Chinese foreign policy from Mao to post-Mao era
  2. Chinese leadership strategies and the roles of the foreign ministry
  3. China’s roles in the world economy and the Belt and Road initiatives
  4. Military relations and culture
  5. Territorial disputes and national securities
  6. US-China relations
  7. Beijing-Taipei relations and the role of Washington
  8. China’s changing relations with Japan and South Korea
  9. China’s relations with Russia and North Korea
  10. China’s relations with Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands
  11. China’s relations with Africa
  12. China’s relations with Middle East and Latin America
  13. China’s relations with Britain and Europe
  14. China’s policy and strategies towards the UN and other international organisations


Group Project (1) oral presentation of the report and analysis in class (30-minutes plus 15-minute Q&A session); (2) 3,000 words group written report on any topic related to the course discussed in class; Individual assessment (3) Class participation


Students who have successfully completed the programme with at least 70% attendance will be awarded  “Certificate for Module (China's Foreign Policy and Relations)” within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.

Application Code 2180-MC037A -

Days / Time
  • Saturday, 0900 - 1300 (normally). Last lesson will be scheduled on Saturday 0900-1300 and 1400-1700
  • Admiralty Learning Centre

Teacher Information

Professor Sonny Lo (Deputy Director of HKU SPACE, Acting Community College Principal, President of the Hong Kong Political Science Association from 2012 to 2016) (

Dr Steven Maximilian Holm (PhDBA, MACHS, MJur (Socio), MCS, BSc)


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$7,800 per programme

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized institution.

If the degree is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency, such as:

i. an overall band of 6.0 with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or

ii. a score of 550 in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 in the internet-based TOEFL; or

iii. HKALE Use of English at Grade E; or

iv. HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3; or

v. equivalent qualifications.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate for Module (China's Foreign Policy and Relations)
證書(單元 : 中國外交政策與關係)
COURSE CODE 44C143520 FEES $7,800 ENQUIRY 3762-0868
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate for Module (China's Foreign Policy and Relations)

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6])


Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method

Applicants should submit the filled HKU SPACE application form (SF26) with:

  • copies of academic qualifications;
  • resume;
  • copy of HKID card/passport;
  • cheque for course fee
  • In Person
    To any of our enrolment centres (; or
  • By Post
    Mail to Ms Cherry Chow at Room 1109, Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
Payment Method

1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. 

3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are alumni and holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, may enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.