Dr Bill Hayton

Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme

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Bill Hayton was appointed as an associate fellow with the Asia-Pacific programme at Chatham House in 2015. He is a former BBC journalist, the author of four books on Asia and the editor of the academic journal Asian Affairs.

He was the BBC’s reporter in Vietnam in 2006-7 and was seconded to the public broadcaster in Myanmar in 2013-14.

Bill is the author of Vietnam: rising dragon (Yale 2010, second edition 2020) and A Brief History of Vietnam (Tuttle, 2022). He has written two other books: The South China Sea: the struggle for power in Asia (Yale, 2014) and The Invention of China (Yale, 2020) and numerous articles on Asian issues.

In 2019 he received his PhD from the University of Cambridge for work on the history and development of the South China Sea disputes.

Bill worked for the BBC for 22 years until January 2021 and he is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Past experience

1998-2021Journalist, BBC News
2013-14Media reform consultant embedded with Myanmar state broadcaster
2006-07Vietnam reporter, BBC News