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Hak Yin Li
ハク イン リー

Associate Professor
International Relations
  • ・B.A. / M.Phil. - Hong Kong Baptist University

  • ・Ph.D. - University of Nottingham

Hak Yin Li

Biographical Statement

Hak Yin Li is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Institute for International Strategy in Tokyo International University. After obtaining his BA and MPhil degrees at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2007, Dr. Li earned his PhD in politics and international relations at the University of Nottingham in 2012. He was an Assistant Module Convenor of the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham (2007-2008), Dr. Li also taught at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2011-2013), HKU SPACE Community College (2013-2014) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2015-2018) before.

Dr. Li has been engaged with various research institutes. He is an alumni of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V. (German Council on Foreign Relations) since 2008. Dr. Li was an Honorary Research Associate of Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2013 to 2015, he also served as Director and Council Member of Hong Kong Political Science Association from 2016 to 2018. Before joining the Tokyo International University, Dr. Li took up a visiting research fellowship of East Asian Institute at National University of Singapore from Dec 2018 to Mar 2019.

Regarding research and teaching interests, Dr Li specializes in international relations with particular reference to the evolution, formation and pattern of Chinese foreign policy and the implications of the rise of China in Asia-Pacific region. Other interests are mainly in the fields of world order issues, international relations of Asia-Pacific as well as Chinese and Hong Kong politics. His works can be found on Asian Politics and Society, East Asian Policy, Journal of Contemporary China, and Place Branding and Public Diplomacy.

Dr. Li has been interviewed by TV, radio and press on international relations, Chinese foreign policy, China-United States relations, China-Japan relations and North Korean nuclear issues by the following media: Apple Daily, Cable TV, Channel NewsAsia, China Daily, China Xinhua News Network Corporation (CNC), D100 Radio, Headline Daily, Hong Kong 01, Metro Radio, Ming Pao Daily, RT, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), South China Morning Post (SCMP), Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), The Business Times, The Central News Agency, The Globe Post, The Hong Kong Economic Journal, and Wall Street Journal.

In terms of knowledge transfer, Dr. Li was interviewed by The National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) of Japan’s Ministry of Defense in Dec 2017, and Asia and the Pacific Division of Department of Political Affairs of the United Nations (UN) in Jul 2018 on Chinese foreign policy. He was also invited to present “The One Belt One Road Initiative and China’s new world order” at the Research Exchange Program between China and Japan, organized by The National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) of Japan’s Ministry of Defense in Nov 2017. Dr. Li also shared some teaching experiences with Indian scholars through lectures on “Introduction to Chinese Politics” and “Party and Ideologies” at the Teaching about China in India Faculty Training Workshop organized by United Board, Harvard-Yenching Institute and Chris University in India in Jan 2018.

Selected Publications by Hak Yin Li


Li, H. Y. (2019). China’s new world order: Changes in the non-intervention policy. (Location TBD): Edward Elgar. (Forthcoming)

Li, H. Y. (2009). China, India and Russia – Cooperation and construction of the Asia-Pacific order in the 21st Century. Saarbrücken, Germany: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

Book Chapters

Li, H. Y. (2019). Still a middleman? Studying the changing role of Hong Kong between China and the West under CY Leung’s Administration. In J. Cheng (Ed.), The C.Y. Leung Administration: A critical review (pp. TBD). Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press. (Forthcoming)

Li, H. Y. & Ting, W. (2019). The multi-spatial nature of the EU’s relations with China (PRC, ROC, Hong Kong and Macao). In S. Bersick, K. Brown, A. Cottey, J. Gottwald, W. Shen (Eds), Handbook on EU-China relations: Structures, actors and issues (pp. TBD). United Kingdom: Routledge. (Forthcoming)

Li, H. Y. (2011). Two key stumbling blocks for Hong Kong’s democratization: Personal vote and Beijing’s policies. In L. F. Lye and W. Hofmeister (Eds), Political parties, Party systems and democratization in East Asia (pp. 291-319). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing.

Li, H. Y. (2010). Discrepancies, political discourses, and implications of China’s multidimensional diplomacy. In S. Shen. J. Blanchard (Eds), Multidimensional diplomacy of contemporary China (pp. 47-69). Lanham, Maryland, USA: Rowman & Littlefield’s Lexington Books.

Li, H. Y. (2009). Understanding China’s ‘non-intervention policy’: Studying the case of Myanmar. In D. Bosold, K. Brockmann (Eds), Regional leaders in the global security arena – Interests, strategies and capabilities (pp. 43-51). Berlin, Germany: German Council on Foreign Affairs.

Journal Papers

Li, H. Y. & Wong, S. (2018). The evolution of Chinese public diplomacy and the rise of think tanks. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, 14(1), 36-46.

Li, H. Y. (2014). The declining credibility of the traditional media in Hong Kong. Asian Politics and Policy, 6(1), 159-162.

Li, H. Y. & Wang, Z. X. (2009). China’s advancements in Central Asia: Limitations toward a regional power. East Asian Policy, 1(4), 5-13.

Li H. Y. & Zheng, Y. N. (2009). Re-interpreting China’s non-intervention policy towards Myanmar: Leverage, interests and intervention. Journal of Contemporary China, 18(61), 617-637.

Policy Commentaries and Working Papers

Li, H. Y. (2018, February 27). The handling of brinkmanship in China-India military relations. China-India Brief, 110. (Centre on Asia and Globalization, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.) Retrieved from

Li, H. Y. (2017, April 6). Trump-Xi summit is just the start of dealing with thorny issues in US-Sino relations. The Conversation. Retrieved from

Li, H. Y. (2016, November 7). Uncertainty on security and trade worry allies in Asia as US election approaches. The Conversation. Retrieved from

Li, H. Y. (2016, September 6). Hong Kong’s 2016 Legislative Council Election: A tectonic shift in HK politics? International Public Policy Review. Retrieved from

Li, H. Y. (2016, August 23). Hong Kong’s 2016 Legislative Council Election: Divisions in the political landscape. International Public Policy Review. Retrieved from

Li, H. Y. (2015, October 26). What is the role of Hong Kong in China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ plan? Asia Dialogue. Retrieved from

Li H. Y. & Wang, Z. X. (2009). Assessing China’s influence in Central Asia: A dominant regional power? (China Briefing Series No. 53). Nottingham: China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham.

Li, H. Y. & Wang, Z. X. (2009). The new landscape of Hong Kong politics: 2008 Legislative Council Elections and its implications (China Discussion Paper No. 46). Nottingham: China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham.

Li, H. Y. & Zheng, Y. N. (2008). Grassroots participation in Hong Kong: 2007 District Council Elections and the aftermath (China Briefing Series No. 37). Nottingham: China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham.