Tim Summers

Tim Summers is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for China Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and an Associate Fellow on the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House. He was a British diplomat in Hong Kong from 1997 to 2001.


  • Did China buy Cambridge?

    The front cover of The Spectator magazine of 10 July 2021 reads, ‘How China bought Cambridge’ (framed by temptations to read stories such as ‘Is Boris becoming Prince Harry?’ and ‘The joy of streaking’). The “Cambridge” in question is the university, and an article by Ian Williams with the same title sets out the case Continue reading »

  • London reports on Hong Kong: politics undercut analysis

    The British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued its latest “six-monthly” report on Hong Kong on 10 June.[1] Although this report has emerged five and half months after the end of the period it covers, from 1 July to 31 December 2020, the delayed delivery does not appear to have improved its substance. Continue reading »

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