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Dr Olivia Cheung

MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)
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Olivia Cheung
SOAS China Institute

Research Fellow, SOAS China Institute

Dr Olivia Cheung
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Dr Olivia Cheung (DPhil, Oxon) is Research Fellow at the SOAS China Institute, SOAS University of London. She is working with Professor Steve Tsang on the project ‘The Political Thought of Xi Jinping’. She is also writing a single-authored book on factionalism and ideology in Chinese politics, from Mao Zedong through to Xi Jinping. Her works have appeared in the China Quarterly, Asan Forum, Third World Quarterly, South African Journal of International Affairs, St Antony’s International Review, East Asia Forum, the edited book Non-Western Global Theories of International Relations (Samantha Cooke ed.), etc. Prior to joining SOAS, she was Teaching Fellow in East Asian Politics and International Relations and Course Director for MA in International Politics and East Asia at the University of Warwick. She earned her D.Phil. in Politics as a Swire Scholar at St Antony’s College, Oxford, where she also obtained her M.Phil. in Politics as a Rhodes Scholar. Previously, she obtained her Bachelor of Social Sciences (Government & Laws) from the University of Hong Kong as a HKU Scholar.





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  • Macau
  • Taiwan



Cheung, Olivia (2022) 'Factional model-making in China: Party elites’ open political contention in the policy process'. The China Quarterly. [Forthcoming]

Tsang, Steve and Cheung, Olivia (2022) 'Has Xi Jinping made China’s political system more resilient and enduring?'. Third World Quarterly, (43) 1, pp 225-243.

Tsang, Steve and Cheung, Olivia (2021) 'Uninterrupted Rise: China’s Global Strategy According to Xi Jinping Thought'. The Asan Forum, (9) 2.

Book Chapters

Cheung, Olivia (2022) 'An East Asian Theory of Democracy'. In: Cooke, Samantha, (ed.), Non-Western Global Theories of International Relations. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 103-132.

Conference Items

Cheung, Olivia (2019) 'China’s Grand Strategy: Coordinating the Belt and Road Initiative' In: “The Belt and Road Initiative @Five”, and “BRI and the Silk Road” Comprehensive Capacity-Building in the Eastern Neighbourhood and Central Asia (COMPASS) Workshop Proceedings, June 2019, University of Kent and University of Cambridge, pp. 8-10., 13 March 2019, University of Kent.

Book Reviews

Cheung, Olivia (2021) 'Book review of “Toxic Politics: China's Environmental Health Crisis and its Challenge to the Chinese State” by Yanzhong Huang'. South African Journal of International Affairs, (28) 3, pp 487-488.

Cheung, Olivia (2021) 'Book review of "The Politics of the Core Leader in China: Culture, Institution, Legitimacy, and Power" by Xuezhi Guo'. The China Quarterly, (246), pp 605-607.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Cheung, Olivia (2021) Xi demands respect at the US-China virtual summit.

Cheung, Olivia (2020) COVID-19: China’s Soft Power and an East/West Divide.

Cheung, Olivia (2019) The Greater Bay Area: Writing Hong Kong into the national narrative.


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