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Author of four books on Asia:

The Invention of China - the story of how modern China came into being through the adoption of European ideas of race, nation, history and territory. (Yale, 2020)

The South China Sea: the struggle for power in Asia - an explanation of the origins, development and prospects for the South China Sea disputes (Yale, 2014)

Vietnam: rising dragon - an account of contemporary Vietnam for a general audience. Economics, politics and society. (Yale 2010, second edition 2020)

A brief history of Vietnam - a simple account of the history of Vietnam from prehistory to the present day (Tuttle forthcoming)

Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House

Former journalist, BBC News


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