Steve joined SOAS in 2016 as Director of SOAS China Institute. His research interests focus on Twentieth-century Chinese history; Chinese foreign policy; China's 'peaceful rise' strategy; China's rising military might; China's soft power; China-UK relations; China-EU relations; China-US relations; China-Taiwan relations; China-Asia relations; Chinese politics; nature of political system in China; the Chinese Communist Party and democracy; human rights in China; Taiwan politics; Taiwan's external relations; Taiwan's democratisation; Taiwan's security; US-Taiwan relations; Hong Kong politics; Hong Kong's relations with mainland China; colonial history of Hong Kong.
Professor Tsang is a frequent commentator for the BBC, including for programmes like Newsnight, BBC One News, BBC News Channel, Today, BBC World Service's various programmes such as Newshour and World Tonight. He has also appeared on Sky News, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, Voice of America, France 24, Channel News Asia, CNBC, Al Jazeera and Russia Today.
Books (single authored):
Governing Hong Kong: Administrative Officers from the 19th Century to the Hand-over to China, 1862-1997 (London: I.B. Tauris, 2007) (Chinese edition published by Hong Kong University Press).
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).
Hong Kong: An Appointment with China (London: I B Tauris, 1997) (Choice's Outstanding Academic Book for 1998).
Democracy Shelved: Great Britain, China and Attempts at Constitutional Reform in Hong Kong 1945‑1952 (Oxford University Press, 1988).
Books (edited or co-edited):
Taiwan’s Impact on China: Why Soft Power Matters More than Economic or Political Inputs (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
China in the Xi Jinping Era (with Honghua Men) (Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
The Vitality of Taiwan: Politics, Economics Society and Culture (Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
Combating Transnational Terrorism: Searching for a New Paradigm (Santa Barbara: Praeger Security International, 2009).
Taiwan and the International Community (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2008).
Intelligence and Human Rights in the Era of Global Terrorism (Westport & London:Praeger, 2007). Reissued as a paperback by Stanford Security Studies, 2008.
If China Attacks Taiwan: Military strategy, politics and economics (London & New York: Routledge, 2006).
Peace and Security Across the Taiwan Strait (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, February 2004).
Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law in Hong Kong (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001).
China en transicion: Sociedad, cultura, politica y economia (Barcelona: Edicion Bellaterra, 2000) (with Taciana Fisac).
Democratization in Taiwan: Implications for China (with Hung-mao Tien) (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1999).
Government and Politics: A Documentary History of Hong Kong I (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 1995).
In the Shadow of China: Political Developments in Taiwan since 1949 (London: C Hurst and Company, 1993).
Articles in refereed journals
“From Japanese Colony to Sacred Chinese Territory: Taiwan’s Geostrategic Significance to China Historicized” (2020), Twentieth-Century China, (45) 3.
“Party-state Realism: A Framework for Understanding China’s Approach to Foreign Policy” (2019), Journal of Contemporary China, vol.29, 2020 - Issue 122
“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.
“The U.S. Military and American Commitment to Taiwan’s Security”. The Asian Survey, vol.52, no.4, July/August 2012, 777-797.
“Ma Ying-jeou’s re-election: implications for Taiwan and East Asia”, Pacific Review, vol.25, no.3, July 2012, 387-401.
“Consultative Leninism: China's new political framework”, Journal of Contemporary China, vol.18, no. 62 Nov. 2009. Reprinted in Anthony Saich (ed.), Political Governance In China (Edward Elgar, 2015)
“Opportunism, Betrayal, and Manipulation in Mao’s Rise to Power: Enquiring into the Chang-Halliday Secret Story of How China Went Red”, The China Journal, no. 55, January 2006 (co-authored with Gregor Benton).
“A Sustainable Basis for Peace between China and Taiwan”, American Asian Review vol.XX, no.4, winter 2002.
“China and Taiwan: A proposal for Peace”, Security Dialogue, vol.31, no.3, September 2000.
“Political Developments in Hong Kong since 1997 and their Implications for Mainland China and Taiwan”, American Asian Review, vol. XVIII, no.1, spring 2000.
“Japan’s Role in the Asia Pacific: The Views from Greater China”, Security Dialogue, vol.30, no.4, December 1999.
“La Democratizacion en las sociedades confucionistas”, Sistema, no.143, March 1998.
“Changes in Continuity: Government and Politics in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” American Asian Review, vol.XV, no.4, winter 1997. Reprinted in Benjamin K.P. Leung (ed.), The International Library of Social Change in Asia Pacific: Hong Kong (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003).
“Strategy for Survival: The Cold War and Hong Kong's Policy towards Kuomintang and Chinese Communist Activities in the 1950s”, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol.25, no.2 (May 1997).
“Maximum Flexibility, Rigid Framework: China's Policy towards Hong Kong and its implications”, Journal of International Affairs, vol.49, no.2, Fall 1996.
“La Unificacion de China”, Revista de Occidente, no.172, September 1995.
“Target Zhou Enlai: The ‘Kashmir Princess’ Incident of 1955”, The China Quarterly (no.139, September 1994).
“Unwitting Partners: Relations between Britain and Taiwan (1950‑58)”, East Asian History, no.7, June 1994.
“Political Problems Facing the Hong Kong Civil Service in Transition”, Hong Kong Public Administration, volume 3, no.1, March 1994.
“China and Political Reform in Hong Kong”, The Pacific Review, vol. II, no. 1, 1989.
Steve Tsang, ’The “Great Decoupling” of US-China Ties: Implications for the Gulf’, in N. Janardban (ed.), The Arab Gulf’s Pivot to Asia: From Transactional to Strategic Partnerships (Berlin: Gerlach Press, 2020), 109-118
“Contextualizing the China Dream: A Reinforced Consultative Leninist Approach to Government”, in David Kerr (ed.), China's Many Dreams: Comparative Perspectives on China's Search for National Rejuvenation (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
“China after Deng Xiaoping: the search for a non-democratic development model”, in Hsin-huang Michael Hsiao (ed.), Democracy or Alternative Political Systems in Asia: After the Strongman (London & New York: Routledge, 2014).
“Frameworks for Combating Terrorism”, in Steve Tsang (ed.), Combating Transnational Terrorism: Searching for a New Paradigm (Santa Barbara: Praeger Security International, 2009).
“China’s Global Awakening”, in The World Book Year Book 2009 (Chicago: World Book Inc, 2009)
“Taiwan as a Member of the International Community”, in Steve Tsang (ed.), Taiwan and the International Community (Oxford & Bern: Peter Lang, 2008)
“The Long-term Prospect for Taiwan’s Foreign Relations”, in Steve Tsang (ed.), Taiwan and the International Community (Oxford & Bern: Peter Lang, 2008)
“China´s Grand Strategy and its Rise”, in Bo Huldt, Mika Kerttunen, Bo Wallander, Masako Ikegami and Susanna Huldt (eds.), Strategic Yearbook 2007: China Rising: Reactions, Assessments, and Strategic Consequences (Stockholm: Swedish Defence College and Finnish National Defence University, 2008)
“China’s Place in East Asia”, inChristopher M. Dent (ed.), China, Japan and Regional Leadership In East Asia (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2008)
“Taiwan’s Changing Security Environment” in Steven M. Goldstein and Julian Chang (eds.), Presidential Politics in Taiwan: The Administration of Chen Shui-bian (Norwalk, CTEastBridge, 2008)
“Looking East: The Rise of China”, in David Held and David Mepham (eds.), Progressive Foreign Policy – New Directions for the UK (London & Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2007)
“Democratization in a Chinese community: Lessons from Taiwan”, in Robert Ash and Megan Greene (eds.), Taiwan in the 21st Century: Aspects and limitations of a developmental model (London & New York: Routledge, 2007)
“Stopping global terrorism and protecting rights”, in Steve Tsang (ed.) Intelligence and Human Rights in the Era of Global Terrorism (Newport:Praeger, 2007).
“Drivers behind the use of force” in Steve Tsang (ed.), If China Attacks Taiwan: Military strategy, politics and economics (London & New York: Routledge, 2006).
“Geo-politics: China’s place”, in Hugo de Burgh (ed.), China and Britain: the potential impact of China’s development (London: The Smith Institute, 2005)
“Putting Chinese Unity and the Relations between Taiwan and Mainland China into a Historical Context” in Günter Schucher & Margot Schüller (eds.), Perspectives on Cross-Strait Relations: Views from Europe (Hamburg: Institut für Asienkunde, 2005)
“War or Peace across the Taiwan Strait” in Steve Tsang (ed.) Peace and Security Across the Taiwan Strait (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, February 2004).
“Peace Proposal Two: The Chinese Union Model” in Steve Tsang (ed.) Peace and Security Across the Taiwan Strait (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, February 2004).
“Alexander Grantham” in Lawrence Goldman, Brian Harrison, Colin Mathews (eds.) The New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004).
“Mark Young” in Lawrence Goldman, Brian Harrison, Colin Mathews (eds.) The New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004).
“The Rise of a Hong Kong Identity” in Taciana Fisac & Leila Fernandez-Stembridge (eds.), China Today: Economic Reforms, Social Cohesion and National Identities (London & NY: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003).
“La dinámica de la reforma económica y los cambios políticos en China” in Pablo Bustelo and Fernando Delage (eds.), El nuevo orden internacional en Asia-Pacífico (Madrid: Pirámide, 2002).
“Commitment to the rule of law and judicial independence” in Steve Tsang (ed.), Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law in Hong Kong (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001).
“Chiang Ching-kuo, the Nature of the Kuomintang and the Democratic Breakthrough in Taiwan” in Taiwan Studies Promotion Committee of Academia Sinica (ed.) Change of an Authoritarian Regime: Taiwan in the Post-Martial Law Era. (Taipei: The Institute of Taiwan History (Preparatory Office), Academia Sinica 2001).
“Taiwan y Hong Kong” in Taciana Fisac and Steve Tsang (eds.), China en transicion: Sociedad, cultura, politica y economia (Barcelona: Edicion Bellaterra, 2000)
“China: Mitos y realidades” (with Taciana Fisac) in Taciana Fisac and Steve Tsang (eds.), China en transicion: Sociedad, cultura, politica y economia (Barcelona: Edicion Bellaterra, 2000)
“Transforming a Party State into a Democracy” in Steve Tsang & Hung-Mao Tien (eds.) Democratization in Taiwan: Implications for China (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1999).
“Calculated Ambiguity: The ROC in International Politics today” in Marie-Luise Nath (ed.), The Republic of China on Taiwan in International Politics (Sonderdruck: Peter Lang, 1998).
“Democratisation and the Confucian Tradition” in Yossi Shain & Aharon Kileman (eds.) Enduring and Prospective Challenges to Democracy (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1997).
“Government and Politics in Hong Kong: A Colonial Paradox”, in Rosemary Foot & Judith Brown (eds.), Hong Kong's Transition, 1842‑1997 (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1997).
“Realignment of Power: The Politics of Transition and Reform in Hong Kong” in P.K. Li (ed.) Political Order and Power Transition in Hong Kong (Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 1997).
“Revitalising the Revolution: Chiang Kai‑shek's Approach to Political Reform in the 1950s”, in Proceedings of Centennial Symposium on Sun Yat‑sen's Founding of the Kuomintang for Revolution, vol.4 (Taipei: Modern China publishers, 1995)
“Chiang Kai-shek and the Kuomintang's Policy to Reconquer the Chinese Mainland, 1949-1958”, in Steve Tsang (ed.) In the Shadow of China: Political Developments in Taiwan since 1949 (London: C Hurst and Company, 1993).