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.
New Foreign Policy article warns of the dangers of CIA fomented mass protest
A new article by Douglas London in Foreign Policy warns of the dangers of the US CIA involvement in fomenting civil unrest. Continue reading »
Can Hong Kong universities be nuanced, but not ‘anti-regime’?
A new book by Daniel Vukovich offers a sharp, critical analysis of the rise and fall of the 2019 anti-extradition bill movement in Hong Kong. Continue reading »
Truss misrepresentations on China
While the campaign for the UK prime ministership was more about domestic issues than foreign policy, China still made fleeting appearances. Prime Minister Liz Truss had long pushed for a more ‘hawkish’ approach to China, commenting in the past about the need for the United Kingdom to avoid ‘dependency’ on the People’s Republic. Continue reading »
International politics is discussed so often in terms only of great power rivalry
Western countries are not the only actors, other countries can focus their resources and diplomatic priorities on addressing the real global challenges Continue reading »
The UK and Taiwan-half a century on
Fifty years ago, the United Kingdom and the People’s Republic of China agreed to upgrade their bilateral relationship to full ambassadorial ties, on 13 March 1972. Continue reading »
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. 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 »