Since China's economic reform in 1978, and especially since 1996, APA had been working closely on planning issues with central, provincial, and local governments in the People's Republic of China.

APA offered consultation and advice to the People's Republic of China's Ministry of Urban and Rural Housing and Development, Ministry of Land and Resource, State Administration of Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Environmental Protection, State Administration of Cultural Heritage, State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and other agencies.

APA was a sister institution of the China Mayors Association, China Association of City Planning, China Society of Urban Planners, and China Land Society. APA has coordinated exchange programs and training projects for hundreds of Chinese cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Chongqing, Tianjin, Shenzhen, and Jinan.

APA had officially served the World Bank, United Nations Development Program, Asia Development Bank, as its China city and rural planning projects evaluator and programs coordinator.