About Edward Sing Yue Chan

  • Ph.D. (Usyd)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in China Studies, Australian National University
  • Associate Editor, The China Journal
  • Research Fellow, Sea Power Centre Australia
  • Member of Generation Asia Program, Asia Society

I am a researcher, scholar, and intellectual. Born in Hong Kong, raised in Melbourne and educated in Sydney, Australia, I speak fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

My work is broadly focused on how China behaves as a maritime power. Academically, my discipline falls within international relations, China studies, and maritime security. I have been studying China’s foreign policy and maritime security for a decade. My current research looks at China’s evolving role in oceans governance. I am also passionate about Hong Kong politics, teaching and learning in higher education and political theology.

  • Ph.D. University of Sydney
  • M.I.R. University of Melbourne
  • B.A. (Politics and International Studies, Sociology) University of Melbourne

  • Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
  • China Studies
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Comparative Government And Politics
  • Defence Studies

  • International security
  • Indo-Pacific security
  • Chinese politics
  • China's foreign policy
  • Chinese maritime history
  • Maritime security
  • Oceans governance
  • Sea power
  • Grey-zone operations
  • Teaching and learning in higher education
  • Hong Kong politics


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Edward is a Postdoctoral Fellow of China Studies at Australian National University and the Associate Editor of The China Journal. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. He is a Non-residential Research Fellow at Sea Power Centre Australia and a member of the Generation Asia Program at Asia Society. He was also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sydney in 2020.

Edward studies international relations, Indo-Pacific, China’s foreign policy, and maritime security. He is an author of China’s Maritime Security Strategy: The Evolution of a Growing Sea Power (Routledge, 2021). He has also published in various journals including Asian SecurityMarine Policy and Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs. His current research focuses on the role of China’s evolving role in oceans governance.

Apart from his expertise in international security, Edward is also interested in teaching and learning in higher education, Hong Kong politics, and political theology. He can speak fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese.


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