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Steve Tsang

Steve Tsang is professor of Chinese studies and director of the China Institute at SOAS, University of London. He is also an associate fellow of Chatham House, an emeritus fellow of St Antony’s College at Oxford, and a guest professor at Tongji University in Shanghai.

He regularly contributes to public debates on different aspects of issues related to the politics, history, foreign policy, security and development of the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and East Asia more generally. He has a broad area of research interest and has published extensively, including 18 books, of which the most recent two are “Taiwan’s Impact on China” and “China in the Xi Jinping Era.” He is known in particular for introducing the concept of “consultative Leninism” as an analytical framework to understand the structure and nature of politics in contemporary China.

Is China Setting Out a New Model for its Engagement with Africa? By Steve Tsang - Sep 23, 2018

How should we understand the triannual Africa-China summit, which took place in Beijing earlier this month? With 53 out of 54 countries in Africa represented and singing the praises of the host, China unquestionably deems it a success. A “win” too for leaders of African countries who attended. But what do average citizens of the … Continue reading “Is China Setting Out a New Model for its Engagement with Africa?”

What Are China’s Plans for the Middle East After Its Troops Arrive in Syria? By Steve Tsang - Jan 25, 2018

China wants to take center stage in global affairs, and under President Xi Jinping it is showing a much stronger interest in the Middle East. This has manifested itself not only in the Belt and Road initiative that is meant to connect China through Central Asia to the further West, including both the Middle East … Continue reading “What Are China’s Plans for the Middle East After Its Troops Arrive in Syria?”