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Tim Summers

Assistant Professor/ MA Programme Director

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Academic Background

PhD Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

MA, Queens' College, Cambridge University

Research Interest

  • China and international relations / global political economy
  • China’s regions, especially southwest China, and Hong Kong

Current Research

  • A community of shared future’: ideas, debates and innovations in China’s global vision
  • UK-China relations

Courses Offered

China in Regional and World Systems/
China & Regional Order in Asia
CHES5001B Perspectives on Chinese Studies
CHES5130 China's Regions and their Global Interactions
CHES5201 Independent Study Project

Selected Publications

2021 Imagining Brexit: The UK’s China Policy after the Referendum”, in Michael Reilly and Chun-yi Lee, eds, A new beginning or more of the same: The European Union and East Asia after Brexit, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021
2021 “Britain and Hong Kong: the 2019 protests and their aftermath”, Asian Education and Development Studies,, 2021
2020 "Negotiating the boundaries of China’s Belt and Road Initiative” Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. DOI:10.1177/2399654420911410b
2020 "Structural power and the financing of the Belt and Road Initiative", Eurasian Geography and Economics, DOI:10.1080/15387216.2020.1715234
2019 China’s Hong Kong: The Politics of a Global City, Agenda Publishing, 2019.
2019 “The Belt and Road Initiative in Southwest China: Responses from Yunnan Province”, The Pacific Review, DOI: 10.1080/09512748.2019.1653956, 2019
2019 "The External Affairs of the Hong Kong SAR: UK-Hong Kong Economic Relations", Asian Education and Development Studies, 2019.
2019 “The UK’s China policy under US-China strategic rivalry: the impact of think tank research”, China Quarterly of International Strategic Studies 5(2): 1-20, 2019
2018 China’s Regions in an Era of Globalization, Routledge, 2018.
2018 “EU-China Innovation Relations: From Zero Sum to Global Networks”, with K. C. Kwok and Lawrence J. Lau, Chatham House Research Paper, May 2018
2018 “The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at 20: Evaluating the Sino-British Joint Declaration”, Asian Education and Development Studies 7(1): 89-101, 2018
2018 “Rocking the boat? China’s ‘belt and road’ and global order”, in Anoushiravan Ehteshami and Niv Horesh, eds, China’s Presence in the Middle East: The implications of the One Belt, One Road Initiative. Routledge, 2018.
2017 “EU-China economic relations to 2025: building a common future”, joint research paper for Chatham House, Bruegel, CUHK and China Center for International Economic Exchanges, co-authored with Alicia Garcia-Herrero, K.C.Kwok, Liu Xiangdong, Zhang Yansheng, September 2017
2017 Brexit: implications for EU-China relations”, Chatham House research paper, May 2017.
2017 "Chinese multilateralism: diluting the TPP”, in Adrian Hearn and Margaret Myers, eds, The changing currents of transpacific integration: China, the TPP, and beyond. Lynne Rienner, 2017.
2016 British Policy toward Hong Kong and its Political Reform”, Issues & Studies, Vol. 52, No. 4, December 2016.
2016 "Thinking inside the box: China and global/regional governance", Rising Powers Quuarterly, 1(1): 23-31.
2016          "Discourses and institutions in China’s maritime disputes”, China Information.
2016 "China's 'New Silk Roads': sub-national regions and networks of global political economy", Third World Quarterly, March 2016.
2015 "Society and politics in China Today", review article, International Affairs 91 (5): 1151-60, September 2015.
2015 "The Asia-Pacific Power Balance: beyond the US-China narrative", co-authored with Xenia Wickett and John Nilsson-Wright, September 2015.
2015 "China's approaches to globalisation", China's World, Vol. 1, Issue 1 (published by the Huawen Institute)
2014 "China's Global Personality", Chatham House research paper.
2014 "Rebalancing towards a Sustainable Future: China's Twelfth Five-Year Programme", with Ash, R. and Porter, R. in China and the EU in Context: Insights for Business and Investors, Brown, K. (ed), Palgrave MacMillan, London, 2014.
2013 "China’s New Leadership: Approaches to International Affairs", Chatham House brefing paper.
2013 Yunnan - A Chinese Bridgehead to Asia: A Case Study of China's Political and Economic Relations with its Neighbors, Cambridge: Chandos Publishing, 2013.
2012 "(Re)positioning Yunnan: Region and Nation in Contemporary Provincial Narratives", Journal of Contemporary China, 21(75): 445-59, May 2012.
2012 "China, the EU, and China's Twelfth Five-Year Programme", co-authored with Robert Ash and Robin Porter for the European External Action Service (under the EU-China Research and Advice Network), 2012.
2011 "China's Western Regions 2020: Their National and Global Implications", in China 2020:What Policy Makers Need to Know About the New Rising Power in the Coming Decade, edited by Kerry Brown (Chandos, 2011).
2008 "China and the Mekong Regions", China Perspectives, 2008 (3): 68-77.

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