Senior Consulting Fellow, Asia Programme (based in Hong Kong)
Tim Summers
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As well as his work as a senior consulting fellow on the Asia programme at Chatham House, Tim Summers teaches at the Centre for China Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and consults commercially on China.

He is the author of Yunnan - A Chinese Bridgehead to Asia (Chandos 2013), which brings together his interests in China's regional political economy and international interactions.

He was previously a British diplomat, 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 an MA from Queens’ College, Cambridge. He is based in Hong Kong.


  • Chinese politics and political economy
  • China's international relations
  • China's regions, especially western China
  • Hong Kong
  • EU-China relations 


2010 -Commercial research and advisory work on China
2010 -Adjunct Assistant Professor, Centre for China Studies (formerly Centre for East Asian Studies), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2009 - 12Research Associate, The Foreign Policy Centre
2008 - 10PhD in Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2004 - 07HM Consul-General, Chongqing (southwest China)
2001 - 03Cabinet Office, London
1997 - 2001Consul, British Consulate-General, Hong Kong


  • Chinese, both Mandarin (Putonghua) and Cantonese (for broadcast)
  • China's 'New Silk Roads': sub-national regions and networks of global political economy Third World Quarterly, March 2016
  • Society and Politics in China Today Review article, International Affairs 91 (5), September 2015
  • The Asia-Pacific Power Balance: Beyond the US–China Narrative with Xenia Wickett and John Nilsson-Wright, Research Paper, September 2015 
  • ‘China’s approaches to globalisation’, China’s World, Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2015 (published by the Huawen Institute)
  • China’s Global Personality Research Paper, June 2014
  • Rebalancing towards a Sustainable Future: China's Twelfth Five-Year Programme, with Ash, R. and Porter, R. in China and the EU in Context: Insights for Business and Investors, Brown, K. (ed), Palgrave MacMillan, London, 2014
  • China: State Aid and Subsidies, unpublished paper for ECRAN, with Robert Ash and Robin Porter 
  • China: still ‘going west’? East Asia Forum, November 2013
  • Yunnan – A Chinese Bridgehead to Asia: A Case Study of China's Political and Economic Relations with its Neighbours, Chandos 2013 
  • China's New Leadership: Approaches to International Affairs Briefing Paper, April 2013
  • (Re)positioning Yunnan: Region and Nation in Contemporary Provincial Narratives, Journal of Contemporary China, 21(75):445-459, May 2012
  • China, the EU, and China's Twelfth Five-Year Programme, co-authored with Robert Ash and Robin Porter for the EU-China Research and Advice Network, April 2012
  • China's Western Regions 2020: Their National and Global Implications, in China 2020: What Policy Makers Need to Know About the New Rising Power in the Coming Decade, edited by Kerry Brown, Chandos 2011
  • China and the Mekong Region, China Perspectives, 2008