Public Administration and Development has been actively working in China in the last years. The journal developed a special issue on State Capacity Building in China in 2009 when key experts from China analyzed the main challenges in Chinese public administration in different areas from human resources to public finance. In 2012 and 2013, PAD in partnership with Renmin University organized a symposium in Beijing and released a special issue on pension reform, a key contemporanean challenge in China, with cases from all over the world.
The 65th anniversary of PAD was celebrated with the symposium “Public Administration for Development: Trends and the Way Forward” in Shanghai on 31 May and 01 June 2014. The symposium was co-organized with the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) and the Dr. Seaker Chan Center for Comparative Political Studies, Fudan University, and had the presence of several of PAD’s editors and Chinese experts. In two days, the participants discussed a number of institutional innovations at the local, national and global level that can improve the role of public bureaucracies in development globally. The objective of the symposium was to analyze the general trends in public administration worldwide and some of the best practices in different countries, as well as bring some lessons to and from China. The 65th anniversary symposium resulted in a special issue of the journal released in May 2015. The papers were translated into Chinese and released in the Fudan Public Administration Review in September 2015.