About the authors
K. C. Kwok was the government economist of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (2004–08) and the regional chief economist for Asia at Standard Chartered Bank (1991–2004). He is now an honorary senior research fellow of the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Program Director for the AsiaGlobal Fellows Program of the Asia Global Institute at The University of Hong Kong. He is an independent non-executive director of DBS Bank (HK) Ltd. and SUNeVision Holdings Ltd. Mr Kwok serves on various boards and committees in Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong Competition Commission.
Lawrence J. Lau received his B.S. degree in physics from Stanford University and his MA and PhD degrees in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He joined the Department of Economics at Stanford University in 1966, becoming professor of economics in 1976 and the first Kwoh-Ting Li professor in economic development in 1992 (and emeritus upon his retirement in 2006). He served as vice-chancellor (president) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2004–10), and chairman of CIC International (Hong Kong) Co., Limited (2010–14). Since 2007, he has been serving concurrently as Ralph and Claire Landau professor of economics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Lau was a member of the 11th and 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and a vice-chairman of its Economics Subcommittee. He also serves as a vice-chairman of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges.
Tim Summers is a senior consulting fellow for the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House and teaches at the Centre for China Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). His research papers for Chatham House include EU–China Economic Relations to 2025: Building a Common Future (2017, with Alicia Garcia-Herrero, K.C. Kwok, Liu Xiangdong and Zhang Yansheng), a chapter on Hong Kong in The Critical Transition: China’s Priorities for 2021 (2017), The Asia-Pacific Power Balance: Beyond the US–China Narrative (2015, with Xenia Wickett and John Nilsson-Wright), and China’s Global Personality (2014). Other recent publications include articles on China’s ‘new silk roads’ (Third World Quarterly), China’s maritime disputes (China Information), British policy on Hong Kong (Issues and Studies), and his first book, Yunnan – A Chinese Bridgehead to Asia (Chandos, 2013). He was previously a British diplomat for 13 years, culminating in a posting as consul-general in Chongqing, southwest China, from 2004 to 2007. He holds a PhD in Chinese studies from CUHK, and is based in Hong Kong.