Willy Lam 林和立

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.)

Willy holds degrees from the University of Hong Kong (BA 1974); University of Minnesota (MA 1978); and Wuhan University (PhD in political economy, 2002).

The veteran Sinologist has published six books on China. They include:

  • Chinese Politics in the Hu Jintao Era (M E Sharpe, New York, 2006);
  • An Unvarnished Portrait of Hu Jintao (in Japanese) (Shogagukan Press, Tokyo, 2002);
  • The Era of Jiang Zemin (Prentice Hall, Singapore & New York, 1999); and
  • China after Deng Xiaoping (John Wiley & Sons, Singapore & New York, 1995).

Dr Lam’s books have been reviewed by publications including Time, The Economist, Foreign Affairs, Far Eastern Economic Review, China Quarterly, China Journal, and London Review of Books. Dr Lam speaks English, Chinese, French and Japanese.


  • the Chinese leadership (e.g., upcoming changes at the 18th Party Congress in 2012); factions within the party; traits and orientations of individual leaders; political/foreign policy views of the People’s Liberation Army
  • China’s foreign policy (esp relations with the U.S., Japan & Asia)
  • Chinese innovation (economy, technology, media)
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