Steve Tsang is Director of the China Policy Institute and Professor of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham’s School of Contemporary Chinese Studies. He has previously worked as Professorial Fellow, Dean and Director of the Asian Studies Centre at St Anthony’s College in Oxford University, where he earned his D.Phil.
Professor Tsang has published very extensively on the politics, international relations, security and history of mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. His work includes 16 books, of which he was the single author for five. He has introduced an analytical concept called “consultative Leninism” for understanding the nature of politics in the People’s Republic of China.
China’s president, Xi Jinping, has been called the most powerful Chinese leader since Deng Xiaoping. Both at home and abroad, he has taken a bold and sometimes confrontational approach. Yet if the economy or reform process stutters how secure will his authority be? We are very pleased to welcome one of the UK’s top experts on modern China, Professor Steve Tsang, to talk to us about his perceptions of Xi Jinping and his administration.