Chen LI

Associate Professor/BA Programme Director

PhD Development Studies, University of Cambridge

Room 1108, 11/F,
Yasumoto International Academic Park

3943 9542

lichen@cuhk.edu.hk

Prof LI Chen is an Associate Professor at the Centre for China Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is also a Research Fellow (by courtesy) at CUHK’s Lau Chor Tak Institute of Global Economics and Finance (IGEF). He has researched, written and taught on a wide range of issues in China’s political economy, development strategy, public policy, institutional reforms and business environment in the global context, such as China’s state-owned-enterprise reform, financial regulatory reform, government-business relations and industrial & regional development policies. He received his PhD and MPhil in development studies from the University of Cambridge and dual bachelor degrees of law and economics from Peking University. He has been frequently interviewed by international and local media, with views quoted by Fortune, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore) and South China Morning Post, among others. He also regularly contributes opinion pieces to China Daily.

Research Interests

  • political economy
  • public policy and growth strategy
  • governance & institutional analysis
  • regulation and financial development
  • business history
  • value investing and security analysis

Representative Publications

Books and Edited Volumes

2015

Li, Chen. China’s Centralized Industrial Order: Industrial Reform and the Rise of Centrally Controlled Big Business. London and New York: Routledge, 2015.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters

2021

Li, Chen, Lim, Guanie and Ji, Xianbi. “Chinese Financial Statecraft in Southeast Asia: An Analysis of China’s Infrastructure Provision in Malaysia.” The Pacific Review.

2020

Li, Chen and Chen, Muyang. “National Champions, Reforms and Industrial Policy in China” in Oxford Handbook of Industrial Policy, edited by Arkebe Oqubay, Christopher Cramer, Ha-Joon Chang and Richard Kozul-Wright. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.

2020

Li, Chen. “Neoliberalism and Economic Policymaking in Contemporary China” in Economic Neoliberalism and International Development, edited by Michael Tribe. London and New York: Routledge, 2020.

2020

Li, Chen. “Stock Market, Financial Governance and China’s Innovation.” Hong Kong International Finance Review, No.1 (December 2020): 45-60.

2020

Li, Chen, Lim, Guanie and Syailendra, Emirza Adi. “Why is It so Hard to Push Chinese Railway Projects in Southeast Asia? The Role of Domestic Politics in Malaysia and Indonesia.” World Development, vol. 138 (February 2021).

2020

Li, Chen, Zheng, Huanhuan and Liu, Yunbo. “Hybrid Regulatory Regime in Turbulent Times: The Role of State in China’s Stock Market Crisis in 2015-2016.” Regulation & Governance.

2020

Li, Chen. “Hong Kong’s Economy Navigating Turbulent Times.” East Asian Policy, Vol. 12, No. 01, (2020): 59-71.

2019

Li, Chen. “China’s Central State Corporatism: the Party and the Governance of Centrally Controlled Businesses”, in The Chinese Communist Party in Action: Consolidating Party Rule. China Policy Series. Routledge, edited by Lance L.P. Gore and Zheng Yongnian. New York: Routledge, 2019.

2016

Li, Chen. “Holding “China Inc.” Together: The CCP and The Rise of China’s Yangqi.” The China Quarterly 228 (December): 927-949.

2010

Li, Chen. “How Inevitable is a ‘Clash of Civilizations’?” Journal of Cambridge Studies, 5 (2-3): 104-116.

Others

2021

Li, Chen. “Time to Unleash the Greater Bay Area’s Wealth Creation.” China DailyHong Kong Edition, 28 July 2021.

2021

Li, Chen. “香港經濟復甦的動力與挑戰.” Wen Wei Po 文匯報, 20-21 July 2021.

2021

Li, Chen and Chua, Alvin. “At a Turning Point.” China DailyGlobal Edition, 4 June 2021.

2021

Li, Chen. “Short-Term Measures, Long-Term Planning to Navigate Turbulence.” China Daily, Hong Kong Edition, 11 January 2021.

2020

Li, Chen. “HK’s New Opportunities, Positioning in China’s ‘Dual Circulation’ Plan.”, China Daily, Hong Kong Edition, 28 December 2020.

2020

Li, Chen. “「雙循環」格局下香港發展的新機遇與新定位” Wen Wei Po 文匯報, 21 December, 2020.

2020

Li, Chen. “以創新引領中國經濟增長模式的轉型.” Wen Wei Po 文匯報, 1 December, 2020.

2020

Li, Chen. “Powering Ahead.” China Daily, Global Edition, 30 November 2020.

2020

Li, Chen. “Big Business Boost.” China Daily, Global Edition, 7 September 2020.

2020

Li, Chen. “中國大公司的趕超之路.” Wen Wei Po 文匯報, 1 September 2020.

2020

Li, Chen and Sheng, Andrew. “”摸著石頭過河”:中國股票市場開始走向成熟.” China Daily, 11 August 2020.

2020

Li, Chen and Sheng, Andrew. “Chinese Stock Exchanges have Come of Age.” China Daily, Global Edition, 7 August 2020.

2020

Li, Chen. “Hong Kong’s Competitive Advantage still Strong.” China Daily, Global Edition, 21 July 2020.

2020
Li, Chen. “美國制裁不能撼動香港競爭優勢.” Wen Wei Po 文匯報, 7 July, 2020.
2020

Li, Chen. “自身競爭優勢才是香港繁榮基石.” Wen Wei Po 文匯報, 18 June, 2020.

2020

Li, Chen. “Competitive Edge will be Key to HK’s Prosperity.” China Daily, Global Edition, 5 June 2020.

2020

Li, Chen. “美中止港「特殊貿易地位」威脅多大?.” Sing Tao Daily 星島日報, 29 May  2020.

2020

Li, Chen. “Will the US Suspend Hong Kong’s ‘Special Trade Status’?” Hong Kong Institution for International Finance (HKIIF) Review, 25 May 2020.

2020

Li, Chen. “全球市場震盪中的中國機遇.” Wen Wei Po 文匯報, 9 May 2020.

2020

Li, Chen. “Grey Rhino, Not a Black Swan.” China Daily, Global Edition, 26 March 2020.

2020

Li, Chen. “Hong Kong’s Economy in 2019 and Outlook for 2020.” East Asian Institute (EAI) Background Briefs No. 1499, 6 February 2020.

2020

Li, Chen. “Promise of Virtual Money.” China Daily, Global Edition, 14 February 2020.

2019

Li, Chen. “No Time for Complacency.” China Daily, Global Edition, 13 December 2019.

2019

Li, Chen, “Quick Fixes Won’t Be Enough for Hong Kong.” China Daily, Global Edition, 1 November 2019.

2019

Li, Chen. “Patient Capital in Impatient Times.” China Daily, Global Edition, 28 August 2019.

2019

Li, Chen. “Financing China’s Innovation Economy.” China Daily, Global Edition, 7 August 2019.

2019

Li, Chen. “Asia’s “Flying Geese”.” China Daily, Global Edition, 22 July 2019.

2019

Li Chen. “Book Review of China’s Evolving Industrial Policies and Economic Restructuring.” Pacific Affairs, 89(4):868-870.

2013

Li Chen, Xiao Geng and Andrew Sheng. “China’s Evolving Growth Model.” in Fung Global Institute Working Paper. Hong Kong: Fung Global Institute, 2013.

2013

Li Chen, Xiao Geng and Andrew Sheng. “The Story of Foshan City: Rethinking the Role of State and Market in China’s Modernization.” in Fung Global Institute Working Research Report. Hong Kong: Fung Global Institute, 2013.

Current Research Projects

2018, Hybrid Regulatory Regime and the Role of State in China’s Stock Market Crisis 2014-2015, RGC Early Career Scheme

2015, The Political Economy of China’s Central State Corporatism: Chinese Communist Party and Large State-controlled Business Groups, Seed Funding for New Recruits

Courses Offered

CHES1000 Introduction to Chinese Studies
UGEC2435 Business and Government in China
CHES2102 China’s Business Environment in Historical Perspective
CHES2109 State and Market in Modern China
CHES3002 China's Financial Reforms: Problems and Perspectives
CHES3011 Financialization and China’s Development
CHES4500 Thesis Research Paper
CHES5159 Financialization and China’s Development
CHES5201 Independent Study Project