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SOAS China Institute

The Rise of the Chinese Techno-Security State Under Xi Jinping

Tai Ming Cheung
Tai Ming Cheung (Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy, and Director, University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation)

Date: 22 February 2021Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 22 February 2021Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Webinar



China under Xi Jinping is a security-maximizing state that is building its power and prestige on an increasingly capable and expansive economic and technological foundation. Xi has significantly elevated the importance of national security concerns and technological innovation in the country’s overall agenda since taking charge in 2012. He has invested considerable time, effort, and political capital to establish an expansive techno-security state.

About the speaker

Tai Ming Cheung is director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) located at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla. He leads the institute's Study of Innovation and Technology in China project that examines China's efforts to become a world-class science and technology power. Tai Ming Cheung is also a professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego, where he teaches courses on Chinese foreign and defense policy and Chinese security and technology policy. Dr. Cheung is a long-time analyst of Chinese and East Asian defense and national security affairs, especially defense economic, industrial and science and technological issues.

He is the author of Fortifying China: The Struggle to Build a Modern Defense Economy (Cornell University Press, 2009), editor of Forging China's Military Might: A New Framework for Assessing Innovation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), and co-editor of The Gathering Pacific Storm: Emerging US-China Strategic Competition in Defense Technological and Industrial Development (Cambria Press, 2018). He was based in Northeast Asia (Hong Kong, China, and Japan) from the mid-1980s to 2002 covering political, economic, and strategic developments in Greater China and East Asia as a journalist for the Far Eastern Economic Review from 1988-1993 and subsequently as a political and business risk consultant for a number of companies, including PricewaterhouseCoopers. Dr. Cheung has a PhD in War Studies from King’s College, London.


This webinar will take place online via Zoom. Click here to register.

Chair: Professor Steve Tsang (Director, SOAS China Institute)

Organiser: SOAS China Institute

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