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Wang Bangwei Peking University, Beijing, China

Wang Bangwei, a disciple of Ji Xianlin the doyen of India studies in China, is China’s foremost scholar now in India and Buddhist studies. Professor, Institute of Oriental Studies, Research Centre of Eastern Literature, and Centre for India Studies, Peking University, he is also Director of all three and Dean of the Academy of Eastern Studies. He has published a number of books and articles, mostly in China, some in Germany, France, India, Sweden, Japan and Estonia, on the history of Chinese Buddhist pilgrimage and accounts of Xuanzang and Yijing, besides Sino-Indian cultural relations. He is also a member the Nalanda Mentor Group for the project to re-establish a new Nalanda in India.