A series of invited talks and research seminars by Professor Ralph Fevre and Professor Sin Yi Cheung took place at Tsinghua University and the institute of Sociology at the Chinese Academy of Social Science in June 2017. In September the same year, Professor Susan Baker and Paul Chaney also delivered invited seminars, keynotes and training workshops at the Institute of Sociology at CASS, Institute of Social Development, Chinese Academy of Macroeconomic Research; and the School of Public Management, Tsinghua University. These activities provided a great opportunity for dialogue and intellectual exchange between Cardiff social scientists and early career researchers in some of the most prestigious research institutes and universities in China.