Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown is an author, columnist, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London.

Educated at Cambridge (MA), London (Post Graduate Diploma in Chinese with Distinction) and Leeds Universities (Ph D), he worked in Japan and the Inner Mongolian region of China, before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London in 1998. He worked in the China Section and then served as First Secretary, Beijing, from 2000 to 2003, and Head of the Indonesia East Timor Section at the FCO from 2003 to 2005.

Kerry Brown has been published in most major newspapers, commenting on China and Asia, including the New York Times, The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Australian Financial Review, the Australian, the South China Morning Post, and the Financial Times. He has also been interviewed since 2006 by the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, Bloomberg, ABC, and other outlets. He had undertaken consultancy for Mizuho Bank, BP, Oxford Analytica, Hakluyt, Tesco, and other corporate.

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Books in order of publication:

  • 2007 – Struggling Giant: China in the 21st Century
  • 2008 – The Rise of the Dragon – Chinese Investment Flows in the Reform Period
  • 2009 – Friends and Enemies: The Past, Present and Future of the Communist Party of China
  • 2011 – China 2020
  • 2012 – Hu Jintao: China’s Silent Ruler
  • 2014 – The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China 2015 – What’s Wrong with Diplomacy: The Case of the UK and China
  • 2015 – Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, four volumes 2014–2015, online with Oxford Reference
  • 2016 – CEO, China: Xi Jinping
  • 2017 – China’s World: What Does China Want
  • 2018 – China’s Dream: The Culture of Chinese Communism and the Secret Sources of Its Power
  • 2019 – The Trouble with Taiwan: the United States and a Rising China
  • 2019 – The Future of UK China Relations: The Search for a New Model
  • 2019 – The World According to Xi: Everything You Need to Know About the New China
  • 2020 – A Tale of Five Chinese Cities (In English and Chinese)
  • 2020 – China (Polity Histories)
  • 2022 – Xi: A Study in Power
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