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Associate Professor
BA (HAUST); MA (Nanjing University); PhD (USC)

  Office: Rm. 321, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Lingnan University
Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
  TEL: (852) 2616 7189
  FAX: (852) 2465 1429
    e-Mail: [email protected]

Dr. Yang is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University–Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, and holds a Master’s from Nanjing University and a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Southern California (USC).  Before joining the faculty of Lingnan, he taught at University of North Georgia (UNG) and Yonsei University, and has held fellowships at Waseda University, Korea University, the East-West Center, and University of British Columbia. His research has appeared in, among others, International AffairsThe Washington QuarterlyJournal of Contemporary ChinaIssues & StudiesPacific Focus, and Chinese Journal of International Politics. His publications can be found at:


Selected Publications | Top


“Why Can’t the Drama Stop? US-China Rivalry and Security Triangulation on the Korean Peninsula,” Contemporary Politics, Volume 29, Issue 5 (2023): 640-658,

“Domestic Contestation, International Backlash, and Authoritarian Resilience: How the Chinese Party-state Weathered the COVID-19 Crisis?” Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 30, No.132 (November 2021): 915-929. 

“US–China Relations at a Crossroads: Perils and Opportunities for a Biden Reset,” The Washington Quarterly, Vol. 44, No.1 (Spring 2021): 129-153.

“The Great Chinese Surprise: The Decoupling with America is Real and Happening,” International Affairs, Vol. 96, No.2 (March 2020): 419-437.

“Disenchanted Entanglement: The North Korean Shades of Grey on the Chinese Mind,” Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 29, No.123 (May 2020): 454-468.

“The Lose-Lose Trade War” Current History, September 2019: 203-208.

“Appraising the ‘Thucydides Trap’ Geographically: The Korean Factor in Sino-American Relations,” Pacific Focus, Vol. 34, No.2 (August 2019): 183-203.

“China’s Clear and Present Conundrum on the Korean Peninsula: Stuck between the Past and the Future,” International Affairs, Vol. 94, No.3 (May 2018): 595-611.

“The Anachronism of a China Socialized: Why Is Engagement Not All It’s Cracked up to Be?” Chinese Journal of International Politics, Vol. 10, No. 1 (March 2017): 67-94.

“Whither an Internationalist Japan: Global Activism and Democracy Deficit in Japanese Foreign Policy,” Issues & Studies, Vol. 49, No.4 (December 2013): 105-140.


Elin Bjarnegård and Joakim Kreutz (eds), Debating the East Asian Peace: What it is. How it came about. Will it last? Pacific Affairs, Vol. 92, No. 3 (September 2019): 555-557.

Elizabeth C. Economy and Michael Levi, By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World, Europe-Asia Journal, Vol. 67, No.5 (June 2015): 842-843.  

Zheng Wang, Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 86, No. 3 (September 2013): 640-642.

Michael Barr, Who’s Afraid of China: The Challenges of Chinese Soft Power, Pacific Affairs, Vol 86, No.2 (June 2013): 390-392.  

Alastair Iain Johnston, Social States: China in International Institutions, 1980-2000, Fudan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol. 4, No. 4 (December 2011): 121-126.

Alastair Iain Johnston, Social States: China in International Institutions, 1980-2000, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Vol. 16, No. 1 (March 2011): 109-110.

Teaching Subjects | Top


Academic Year:  2023-2024

1st Term:
  GOV4319 International Politics of Northeast Asia
2nd Term:
  CLE9015 Rethinking Global Issues
      GOV4007 Politics and Foreign Relations of Japan