The purpose of this Association is to foster academic dialogue and exchange among sinologists from all over the world, e.g. on international academic forums, cooperation in international research projects, publication of research results and promotion of the development of Sinology / Chinese Studies in the world. The principles are: evidence-based research (‘respect for facts’), quality assurance, academic freedom, and internationalization. The purpose is to enlarge the cooperation within Chinese Studies and with other disciplines, to enhance its quality, and to disseminate its findings more comprehensively into the world. Global Chinese Studies shall be enhanced and be better integrated with domestic Chinese Studies (guoxue). Guidelines: Inclusiveness, tolerance, innovation, and multi-disciplinary cross-border communication are the fundamental guidelines of the World Association for Chinese Studies. Nature: It is both a platform for academic exchange and a classroom for Chinese Studies.