Senior Consulting Fellow (Asia), Chatham House


Day 1 – 13 Nov 2017

SESSION ONE: The New Geopolitics: The Role of China in an Uncertain World | 10.50 am - 12.30 pm

Tim Summers works on the international relations, political economy and politics of contemporary China. He is a Lecturer at the Centre for China Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a (non-resident) Senior Consulting Fellow at Chatham House.

Tim’s current research focuses on EU-China and UK-China relations in the context of wider shifts in global politics and economics; China’s belt and road initiative; and a book, China’s regions in an era of globalization. Recent publications include articles on China’s new ‘Silk Roads’ (Third World Quarterly), China’s maritime disputes (China Information), China and global governance (Rising Powers Quarterly), British policy towards Hong Kong (Issues & Studies) and the Chatham House research papers Brexit: implications for EU-China relations (2017) and China’s Global Personality (2014). His first book, Yunnan–A Chinese Bridgehead to Asia, was published by Chandos in 2013.

Tim has presented at numerous academic and policy research conferences, and spoken on developments in China to corporates and at investment conferences. He has given evidence to the UK parliament’s foreign affairs committee, been interviewed by Bloomberg, CNBC, the BBC and Sky News, and written media commentaries for a range of outlets. Tim is a regular book reviewer for International Affairs. He is currently Secretary of the Hong Kong Political Science Association.

Prior to taking his PhD, Tim was a British diplomat for 13 years, including a posting as ConsulGeneral in Chongqing from 2004 to 2007, and five years posted in Hong Kong from 1996 to 2001. He speaks both Cantonese and Putonghua.