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  • Zheng Yongnian (郑永年)
    Born : January , 1962Gender : Male

Director of the institute of East Asian studies, National University of Singapore.

Director of the academic expert committee of Globalization think tank.


In 1981, he was admitted to the department of international politics of Peking University, majoring in international politics.

He received his bachelor of law degree in 1985. In the same year, he entered the master's class, majoring in political theory.

In 1990, he entered the department of politics of Princeton University to pursue his doctorate.

In 1995, he received a doctorate in political science. In the same year, he obtained the MacArthur postdoctoral research fund from the American Society for Social Sciences and went to Princeton University for postdoctoral research.


From 1988 to 1990, he was a teaching assistant and lecturer in the department of politics and administration of Peking University.

At the end of 1996, he went to work in the institute of East Asian studies, National University of Singapore. Until 2005, he served as researcher, senior researcher and director of the institute.

In 2005, he was employed as a tenured professor at the University of Nottingham. He was a professor and research director of the China policy institute at the University of Nottingham.


He has published 13 monographs. Among them, there were 5 English works and 8 Chinese works.

English works include: Technical empowerment the Internet, state and society in China (Stanford University Press, 2007);

De facto federalism in China.reforms and dynamics of central local relations (World Science and Technology Book Office, 2007);

Globalization and state transformation in China (Cambridge University Press, 2004);

Discovering Chinese nationalism in China:modernization.identity.and international relations (Cambridge University Press, 2004);

Notable Works|Publications

General trend: China's next step

Renaissance of Chinese civilization

Knowledge reconstruction in China

China's road to marine civilization

China in the shadow

Three steps of China's reform

The next 30 years

China model (revised)

The unbearable mistake of China's rise

Main Opnions

If China started TPP negotiations, it would be a long process for China and the United States to reach a consensus on this issue. However, it could be said that the current change of attitude between China and the United States was a very noteworthy change in both China US relations and the world economic situation.

On October 26, 2019, the opening ceremony of "Reading China" Guangzhou International Conference was held in Guangzhou. Zheng Yongnian, a professor at the East Asia Institute of the National University of Singapore, said that after the reform and opening up, China lifted 800 million people out of poverty, which was a great miracle and has made great contributions to the world. At present, China has moved from quantitative economic growth to qualitative economic development. The construction of Guangdong Hong Kong Macao Bay area was a good new starting point and could actively promote a new round of economic globalization.


In Zheng's view, the lack of knowledge system to understand itself and explain itself was the crux of China's successful transformation into a modern society. In the process of studying China's problem, Zheng's biggest lament came from this: "Not only China, but also Asia as a whole are facing this problem, which is a kind of ideological" colonization "

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