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The Australian National University

Dr Feng Zhang

MSc (LSE), PhD (LSE)
Fellow, Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, College of Asia & the Pacific
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: +61 2 6125 3341

Areas of expertise

  • International Relations 160607
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606

Research interests

International relations in East Asian history

Chinese foreign policy and strategy

Asia-Pacific strategic relations

International relations theory, with a focus on China and East Asia


I am a Fellow in the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, the Australian National University. I received my PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has previously taught at Tsinghua University in Beijing and Murdoch University in Perth.

My research interests include Chinese foreign policy and strategy, Asia-Pacific international politics, and international relations theory. My first book is Chinese Hegemony: Grand Strategy and International Institutions in East Asian History (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015). My articles have appeared in leading international relations journals including the Chinese Journal of International Politics, European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, and Survival

I write a weekly column on China’s international relations for, a major current affairs media platform based in Shanghai. I am also a contributing author to the Foreign Policy magazine ( based in Washington.

Researcher's projects

I am currently working on an English-language book about Chinese grand strategy under President Xi Jinping and a Chinese-language book on China's sea power and the 21st century maritime Silk Road policy. 

I also have various paper projects related to Chinese foreign policy, Asia-Pacific security politics, and international relations theory. 

Available student projects

I supervise PhD and Master's theses on Chinese foreign policy and Asia-Pacific international politics. 

Current student projects

I am panel chair of Richard Salmons's PhD thesis on status seeking in Asia-pacific international politics. 


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