Professorial Fellow and Academic Advisor, East Asian Institute (EAI), National University of Singapore
Currently, he is a Professorial Fellow and Academic Advisor at the East Asian Institute (EAI) of the National University of Singapore. He was formerly Research Director of EAI, and Director of the Institute of East Asian Political Economy (IEAPE), Singapore.
He taught economics at the University of Hong Kong (1966-70) and the National University of Singapore (1970-90). He was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Florida State University (1978) and held the Chair of ASEAN Studies at the University of Toronto (1996). He held short-term visiting positions at Harvard’s Fairbank Center, Yale’s Economic Growth Center, Oxford’s St Antony’s College, and Stanford’s Economic Department. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of London.
He has written and edited 39 books, and published more than 300 articles and papers on China, ASEAN and other East Asian economies. In addition, he has written over 90 policy-related reports on China’s developments for the Singapore government.
First book: Land Reform in the People’s Republic of China: Institutional Transformation in Agriculture, (New York, Preager Publisher, 1973), 317pp.
Latest book: Zhu Rongji and China’s Economic Take-off (London, Imperial College Press, 2016), 336pp.
He has attended numerous international conferences and workshops, and given lectures and seminars at many universities in Asia, North America and Europe. He has served as an external examiner for undergraduates as well as Master and Ph.D. candidates for a number of overseas universities. He has served, and is still on the editorial board of many learned journals on Asian studies and economic development.
He has done consultancy work for the Singapore government and many international organisations including UNESCAP, ADB, UNIDO, APO and ADI.
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