Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, a 17th–18th century German polymath who made significant contributions in many areas of physics, logic, history, librarianship, and studied numerous aspects of Chinese culture

A Sinophile is a person who demonstrates a strong interest for Chinese culture or its people.[1] It is also commonly used to describe those knowledgeable of Chinese history and culture (such as scholars and students), non-native Chinese language speakers, pro-Chinese politicians, and people perceived as having a strong interest in any of the above.

Typical interestsEdit









  • Rafael Correa, Ecuadorian President and economist whose foreign policies include socioeconomic cooperation with the People's Republic of China with regards to finance and industry, trade and resource development of oil and hydroelectricity, and infrastructure





  • Des Bishop, Irish-American comedian; spent a year in China learning Chinese and performing comedy in both Chinese and English
  • Sean Hurley, Irish sinologist who worked with the British Customs Service in Shanghai







New ZealandEdit

  • Rewi Alley, political activist from New Zealand who was a member of the Communist Party of China


  • Johan Galtung, mathematician, sociologist, and the founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies, who praised Chinese rewriting of concepts of an "open society" and "democracy" as well as China's flexibility with diplomacy
  • Henry Henne, Norwegian sinologist











United KingdomEdit

United StatesEdit

  • Pearl S. Buck (t賽珍珠 s赛珍珠), writer and novelist
  • Anson Burlingame, lawyer, legislator and diplomat; appointed in 1861 to be the United States minister in China
  • Stephon Marbury, star basketball player who has expressed affinity for the country.[16][17]
  • Ai Hua, television personality, frequent guest on programs on China Central Television
  • Henry Kissinger, former secretary of state, frequently visit China since 1970s
  • R. L. Kuhn, corporate strategist, investment banker, and intellectual; situated in the pro-China segment of the intellectual community; closely knows many Chinese political leaders
  • Owen Lattimore, author, educator, and scholar; served as an adviser, but later a critic, of Chiang Kai-shek, and a proponent to what some consider a precursor of China's cultural and legislative autonomy policies with autonomous regions in the People's Republic of China
  • Homer Lea, military advisory and general in the army of Sun Yat-sen during the Boxer Rebellion
  • Huey Newton, social activist who was deeply influenced by Maoism and described his time in China as a "psychological liberation", praising Chinese contemporary society throughout his works
  • Paul Robeson, baritone singer; film and stage actor; peace and civil rights activist; All-American football athlete; was fluent in Chinese, and compared the struggle of the Chinese to that of the black people in the United States
  • John S. Service, diplomat and "China Hand"; born in Chengdu; was persecuted by McCarthyism due to his pro-China views, which also included sympathies with Chinese socialism[18]
  • Cordwainer Smith, godson of Sun Yat-sen
  • Anna Louise Strong, journalist and peace activist who lived in China
  • Wu-Tang Clan, rap group from New York; their songs contain many Chinese cultural themes


  • Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan President whose foreign policies include socioeconomic cooperation with the People's Republic of China with regards to finance and industry, trade and resource development of oil and hydroelectricity, and infrastructure; personally has very positive views about China's influence and culture.



See alsoEdit


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  13. ^ a b Alexander Lukin (2003). The Bear Watches the Dragon: Russia's Perceptions of China and the Evolution of Russian-Chinese Relations Since the Eighteenth Century. M.E. Sharpe. pp. 314–. ISBN 978-0-7656-1026-3.
  14. ^ "Ekrem İmamoğlu'na Çin Başkonsolosundan ziyaret". Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  15. ^ Winchester, Simon. (2008). The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom.. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-088459-8
  16. ^ "Marbury madness rivals Linsanity in China". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  17. ^ Stephon Marbury discusses retiring and why he loves China, retrieved 21 December 2019
  18. ^ Borg, Dorothy; Heinrichs, Waldo H.; Heinrichs, Waldo (1980). Uncertain Years: Chinese-American Relations, 1947-1950. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-04738-8.