Associate Fellow, Asia Programme
Steve Tsang
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Steve Tsang is an associate fellow of the Chatham House, director of the China Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and an Emeritus fellow of St Antony’s College at Oxford. He previously served as the head and professor of contemporary Chinese studies at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies and as director of the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham, as well as director of the Asian Studies Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford. 

He has published very extensively on the politics, international relations, security and history of the Chinese mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong. They include 17 books of which five are single authored. He has developed an analytical concept called ‘consultative Leninism’ for understanding the nature of politics in the People’s Republic of China. His latest book is China in the Xi Jinping Era (Palgrave, 2016), the product of a joint project with colleagues based at the Central Party School of Beijing.


  • Chinese politics
  • China’s international relations and security
  • Taiwan politics
  • Taiwan’s international relations and security
  • Hong Kong politics and history


2014-16Head, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham
2011-14Director, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham
2009-11Professorial Fellow, St Antony’s College, Oxford University


  • China in the Xi Jinping Era (with Honghua Men) (Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
  • The Cold War’s Odd Couple: The Unintended Partnership between the Republic of China and the United Kingdom, 1950-1958 (London: I.B. Tauris, 2006).
  • A Modern History of Hong Kong (London: I.B. Tauris, 2004).
  • 'Consultative Leninism: China's new political framework', Journal of Contemporary China, vol.18, no. 62 Nov. 2009.
  • 'Chiang Kai-shek’s ‘secret deal’ at Xian and the start of the Sino-Japanese War. Palgrave Communications, vol.1, no.1, 2015, 1-12.