C3S is the only think tank based away from Delhi that carries out a focused study of China related dynamics. The Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S), registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act 1975 (83/2008 dated 4th April 2008), is a non-profit public policy think tank. The profile of research and discussion activities at C3S pivots on the in-depth study of developments relating to China with priority to issues of interest to India in various verticals including Business & Economics, Defence & Security, Geopolitics & Strategy, Society & Politics, Science & Technology, Human Rights & Law, Culture & History and Environment & Health.
C3S provides a forum for dialogue with Sinologists in India and abroad and gives space for the expression of alternate opinions on China-related topics. Lecture discussions and seminars on topics of current interest are organized, where international and national experts share facts and perspectives.
Interaction with institutions of higher learning in South India is carried out to create awareness about developments in China.
C3S stresses in understanding of China through their language which is Mandarin Chinese. Thinking on such lines C3S is unique in conducting Mandarin Chinese Classes and has produced first class results.
Publications are brought out relating to China – books, edited volumes, monographs, occasional papers and online articles. C3S members and researchers are invited to present papers and share their views at international and national conferences and seminars.
The Young Minds of C3S (YMC3S) is a platform for building a community of young people and bringing them together. By providing a platform, where they share knowledge on China and brainstorm on the country's internal dynamics and international relations. YMC3S members discuss debate and interact on a wide range of China related issues. The larger goal always in sight is improving India-China bilateral linkages. C3S provides internships and is keen to sustain its aim of providing a platform for the youth to develop research skills and enhance their understanding of China related affairs.