Anthony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs and faculty director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, has been named to Foreign Policy’s Pacific Power Index, a list of 50 of people shaping the future of the U.S.-Chinese relationship.

Saich is considered a top scholar in the field of U.S.-Chinese relations, having first visited China as a student in 1976. He continues to visit the country each year. Currently, he is a guest professor at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, China. He also advises a wide range of government, private, and nonprofit organizations on work in China and elsewhere in Asia.

The Pacific Power Index is designed to honor 50 people, each of whom “has been profoundly shaped by the intersections — sometimes the collisions — of these two great powers.”  In regards to Saich, the editors write, “[Chinese Communist] party officials see Harvard as a prestigious and safe place to study, while Harvard benefits from the access a close relationship with China’s elite brings. At the forefront of this mutually beneficial relationship stands Professor Anthony Saich.”