Cambridge University Press chief executive Stephen Bourne has become the first foreign publisher to be given the Beijing International Book Fair Special Book Award of China.
The award recognises the contribution of publishers to Chinese culture and the promotion of Chinese civilisation.
CUP's tradition of publishing in and about China includes its 30-strong Cultural China series and a growing presence in ELT publishing.
The university press has also been involved in several community and wildlife projects in the country, including building a new school in Sichuan after the 2008 earthquake.
Bourne said he was "incredibly honoured" to receive the award. "I believe it is a testament to all the great work that we are doing in and for China: giving schoolchildren access to quality educational materials, making a contribution to local communities, and helping to bring Chinese scholarship and culture to western readers," he said.