Dr Willy Lam, journalist and analyst known for his insights on China’s politics, commented on China’s new leadership for the international news agency Reuters. Willy Lam said Xi Jinping’s appointment as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces could mean a change in military policy.
Well, Xi Jinping has many good friends amongst the generals. So it’s possible that, in order to consolidate his power quickly, Xi Jinping might push a harder line on foreign and military policy. So we expect, perhaps, possible confrontation with Japan, with the Philippines and Vietnam over sovereignty disputes concerning the islands in the South China Sea and the East China Sea.
With more than 30 years of experience in writing and researching about China, Willy Wo-Lap LAM is a recognized authority on areas including the Chinese Communist Party, public administration, foreign policy, the People’s Liberation Army, as well as the country’s economic and political reform. Dr Lam has worked in senior editorial positions in international media including Asiaweek newsmagazine, South China Morning Post, and the Asia-Pacific Headquarters of CNN.
Since early 2005, Dr Lam has been a Professor of China Studies at Akita International University, Japan (www.aiu.ac.jp). He is also an Adjunct Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong (History Department & Master of Global Political Economy Program); and a Senior Fellow at Jamestown Foundation (www.jamestown.org), a leading foreign-policy think tank in Washington D.C.
Willy’s views on China are frequently sought by global media including CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, ABC, Bloomberg, Voice of America, and other major publications and electronic media. He has been awarded visiting fellowships by institutions including Columbia University, Washington University at St. Louis (U.S.), Nottingham University (Britain), and Murdoch University (Australia.)