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Brill celebrates longstanding partnerships with key Chinese publishing partners at the 22nd Beijing International Book Fair

Leiden (NL) / Boston (USA) / Singapore (SG) – 2 September 2015

At the 22nd Beijing International Book Fair (26-30 August), Brill celebrated its longstanding partnerships with key Chinese publishing partners, including the 10th year anniversary with Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP) and Peking University Press (PUP). Several events took place to highlight this special occasion, including a live interview between Mr. Xie Shouguang, President of SSAP, and Brill CEO Herman Pabbruwe. The same day a Strategic Cooperation Agreement was signed between Brill and Zhonghua Book Company under the China Publishing Group, followed by a live interview between Mr. Li Yan, Vice President of the China Publishing Group, and Brill CEO Herman Pabbruwe. The Brill reception festively highlighted the partnerships and Brill’s developments in Asia, including the opening of its Singapore office and its cooperation with the Charlesworth Group in China.

Mrs. Qin Higley (Acquisitions Editor Modern and Contemporary China), responsible for the publishing partnerships with Chinese presses, says about the longstanding collaborations: “Brill has been committed to publishing good quality scholarly works from China. Through partnerships with Chinese presses, we bring Chinese scholarship to a global audience and build a bridge between Chinese and international academia so as to enhance mutual communication and understanding. We appreciate the trust that our Chinese partners have had in Brill and look forward to more cooperation of mutual interest.”

Mr. Xu Jun, President of Zhonghua Book Company says about the collaboration with Brill: “Both Brill and Zhonghua are presses with a strong focus on the Humanities. Through the Strategic Cooperation Agreement, we are expecting to work with Brill on books, journals, digital products including database, marketing, editorial exchange, among other aspects to enhance the communication between Chinese and Western academia.”

Mr. Xie Shouguang, President of SSAP says: “SSAP and Brill started cooperation ten years ago and the two presses have now entered into a deeper and more organic cooperation. In the new digital era, I hope that the two presses will develop even more products that showcase top Chinese scholarship. ”

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About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law. With offices in Leiden and Boston and a representative office in Singapore, Brill today publishes 230 journals and around 1000 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For more information, visit

About Social Sciences Academic Press
Founded in 1985, Social Sciences Academic Press(社会科学文献出版社), the publishing wing of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences(中国社会科学院), is one of China’s premium academic publishers specializing in books, journals, serial publications and digital products in the humanities and the social sciences. One of the most highly-acclaimed SSAP publications is the Yearbook(皮书, Pishu, or ‘coverbooks’)series. Published annually, they provide an authoritative source of reference and critical insights on China’s latest development in a variety of areas. In collaboration with its many partners in the Asia Pacific Region, Europe and North America, Social Sciences Academic Press has co-published the English, Japanese, Russian and Korean editions of many outstanding works by Chinese scholars.

About Peking University Press
Established in 1902, Peking University Press was the very first Chinese university press. Now it is one of the largest academic and educational publishers in China, with more than 1700 new titles published per year and 4000 titles in print. PUP is an integral part of Peking University. Sticking to the principle of “facilitating teaching and scientific research, assisting academic development and cultivating talented intellectuals”, and based on the rich resources of the University’s faculty and with support from scholars all over the world, PUP has published a remarkable range of scholarly works and college textbooks in nearly all academic disciplines. PUP is actively pursuing international cooperation and publication exchanges with its overseas counterparts. It has established relationship with publishers from scores of countries and regions in copyrights trading and co-publishing. PUP always puts emphasis on both rights buying and selling, pursuing a well-balanced development in two directions.

About Zhonghua Book Company
Zhonghua Book Company, one of the oldest and most famous publishers in China, was established in Shanghai in 1912. Zhonghua has brought out more than 30,000 titles in its 100-odd years of publishing, in which 563 have been awarded various prizes. Zhonghua makes itself well known by the high quality of its publications, its learned editorial professionals and excellent marketing staff. It engages itself mainly in translating and publishing academic works and popular readers on Chinese culture including philosophy, literature, linguistics, and history, and also dictionaries, reference books and textbooks for primary school to colleges and universities. For more information, visit

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