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Yafeng Xia

Professor of History

B.A., Nanjing Normal UniversityM.A., Nanjing Normal UniversityPh.D., University of Maryland, College Park


Yafeng Xia received a doctoral degree in history from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2003. He is a professor of East Asian and diplomatic history.

He is the author of Negotiating with the Enemy: U.S.-China Talks during the Cold War, 1949-1972, 1949-1972 (2006), and coauthor with Zhihua Shen of Mao and the Sino-Soviet Partnership, 1945-1959: A New History (2015), with Danhui Li of Mao and the Sino-Soviet Split, 1959-1973: A New History (2018) and with Zhihua Shen, A Misunderstood Friendship: Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung and Sino-North Korean Relations, 1949-1976 (2018)

He also has published widely on the history of Chinese foreign policy, Sino-American relations, Sino-Soviet relations and Cold War history in leading journals of his field, such as Diplomacy & Statecraft, The Journal of Cold War Studies, The International History Review, The Chinese Historical Review, Diplomatic History, the American Journal of Chinese Studies and Cold War History, among others. He is presently working on a monograph on the history of the PRC’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, tentatively titled “Burying the ‘Diplomacy of Humiliation’: New China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1949-1956.”


Guest editor and author of Introduction to "China's Relations with its Neighbors: Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Issues," Asian Perspective, Special Issue, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 2018)

Co-author, "Beijing, 1972" In Kristina Spohr and David Reynolds, eds., Transcending the Cold War: Summits, Statecraft, and the Dissolution of Bipolarity in Europe, 1970-90 (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2016)

Co-author, "Deng Xiaoping," in Steven Casey and Johathan Wright, eds., Mental Maps in the Late Cold War (New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2015)

Co-author, “Refuting Two Historical Myths: A New Interpretation of Sino-North Korean Relations,” in Carla Freeman ed., Chinese Perspectives on North Korea (2015)

Co-author, A Political Duet: The Twentieth Congress of the CPSU, the CCP's Eighth Congress and the Sino-Soviet Relations, published in Modern China Studies (2015)

Co-author, “New Trends in the Study of Cold War History in China, 2000-2014,” published in World History Quarterly (2015)

Co-author, “China’s Last Ally: Beijing’s Policy toward North Korea during U.S.-China Rapprochement, 1970-1975,” Diplomatic History, vol. 38, no. 5 (2014)

Co-author, “Chinese Policies toward Korean Cross-Border Migration and Chinese-North Korean Relations, 1950-1962,” published in Journal of Cold War Studies (2014)

Co-author, Jockeying for Leadership: Mao and the Sino-Soviet Split, October 1961-July 1964, published in Journal of Cold War Studies (2014)

Author, “Zhou Enlai and the Sino-American Rapprochement, 1969-1972,” in Artemy Kalinovsky and Craig Daigle eds., The Routledge Handbook of the Cold War (2014)

Co-author, "A Contested Border: A Historical Investigation into the Sino-Korean Border Issue, 1950-1964," in Asian Perspective (2013)

Author, People's Republic of China, in "The Ashgate Research Companion to the Korean War" (2014)

Author, The Rise of China in the Twenty-First Century, in "Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History" (2012)

Co-author, ZhongMei 8.17 gongba huigu yu zhanwang (The August 17, 1982 U.S.-China Joint Communiqué:  30th Anniversary Retrospective and Prospects Reevaluating the Taiwan Factor in U.S.-China Relations), published in "Lengzhan guojishi yanjiu" (Cold War International History Studies) (2012)

Co-author, Recent Trends in the Study of Cold War History in China, in ECNU-Wilson Center Cold War Studies Initiative, published inOccasional Paper # 1

Co-author, China and the Post-War Reconstruction of North Korea, 1953-1961, in North Korea International Documentation Project, published in Working Paper # 4

Co-author, Between Aid and Restriction: Changing Soviet Policies toward China's Nuclear Weapons Program: 1954-1960, NPIHP, published in Working Paper # 2

Co-author, Between Aid and Restriction: The Soviet Union's Changing Policies on China's Nuclear Weapons Program, 1954-1960, published in Asian Perspective

Author, Jin shinian lai Mei Ying liangguo xueshujie dui lengzhanshi yanjiu shuping, in "Shixue jikan" (Collected Papers of History Studies)

Co-author, Mao Zedong's Erroneous Decision during the Korean War – China's Rejection of the UN Cease-fire Resolution in Early 1951, published in Asian Perspective

Co-author, 'Whirlwind' of China: Zhou Enlai's Shuttle Diplomacy in 1957 and Its Effect, published in Cold War History

Co-author, The Great Leap Forward, the People's Communes and the Sino-Soviet Split, published in Journal of Contemporary China

Co-author, Vacillating between Revolution and Détente: Mao's Changing Psyche and Policy toward the U.S., 1969-1976, published in Diplomatic History

Author, Mao Zedong, in "Mental Maps in the Cold War Era, 1945-68"

Author, "Negotiating with the Enemy: U.S.-China Talks during the Cold War, 1949-1972"

Author, Wang Jiaxiang: New China's First Ambassador and the CCP's First Director of International Liaison Department, published in American Journal of Chinese Studies

Author, New Evidence for China's Role in the Hungarian Crisis of October 1956: A Note, published in The International History Review

Author, Shilun Nikesong zhengfu duiwai zhengce juece de jizhi, guocheng yu zhuyao renyuan (On the Structures, Processes and Personalities in the Nixon Administration's Foreign Policy Decision-making), in "Shixue jikan (Collected Papers of History Studies)

Author, Nikesong zhuyi' yu Meiguo duiwai zhengce de tiaozheng (The Nixon Doctrine and U.S. Foreign Policy Change), Zhonggong dangshi yanjiu, published in CCP History Studies

Co-author, Hidden Currents during the Honeymoon -- Mao Zedong, Khrushchev and the 1957 Moscow Conference, published in Journal of Cold War Studies

Co-author, Competing for Leadership: Split or Détente in the Sino-Soviet Bloc, published in The International History Review

Author, Myth or Reality: Factional Politics, U.S.-China Relations, and Mao Zedong's Psychology in His Sunset Years, 1972-1976, published in The Journal of American-East Asian Relations

Author, The Study of Cold War International History in China—A Review of the Last Twenty Years, published in Journal of Cold War Studies

Author, Chongping liushi niandai Zhong Mei dashiji huitan (A Reappraisal of Sino-American Ambassadorial Talks in the 1960s), published in Lengzhan Guojishi Yanjiu (Cold War International History Studies)

Author, New Scholarship and Directions in the Study of the Diplomatic History of the People's Republic of China, published in The Chinese Historical Review

Author, China's Elite Politics and Sino-American Rapprochement, January 1969-February 1972, published in Journal of Cold War Studies

Author, Negotiating at Cross-Purposes: Sino-American Ambassadorial Talks, 1961-1968, published in Diplomacy and Statecraft

Author, Vietnam for Taiwan? – A Reappraisal of Nixon-Zhou Enlai Negotiation on Shanghai Communiqué, published in American Review of China Studies

Author, The Taiwan Issue in Sino-American Rapprochement Negotiations, in "Taiwan in the 21st Century"


Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (September 2011-June 2012)
Recipient, The Abraham Krasnoff Memorial Award for Scholarly Achievement, Long Island University's Highest Academic Award of LIU (2010)
Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (June-August, 2010)
Recipient, Faculty Research Grant, Long Island University (2006)
Recipient, Lee Hysan Visiting Scholar Grant (2006)
Recipient, IGCA Best Dissertation Award, Institute for Global Chinese Affairs, University of Maryland (2004)
Recipient, Richard Farrell Prize for Best Dissertation in the History Department, University of Maryland (2003/2004)


  • Member, American Historical Association (2000-present)
  • Member, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (2001-present)
  • Member, Phi Alpha Theta (2002-present)
  • Member and Board of Directors, Chinese Historians in the United States (2001-present)