Research

Publications
(* denotes graduate student coauthors)

Books
  1. Global Value Chains and the Politics of Preferential Trade Agreements (with Ka Zeng), forthcoming Fall 2020, University of Michigan Press (Michigan Studies in International Political Economy).

  2. How China Sees the World (with Kai He and Huiyun Feng), Palgrave MacMillam, forthcoming December 2019.
    -Pre-order through Amazon.

Peer-Reviewed Articles
  1. "Historical Ownership and Territorial Indivisibility" (with Songying Fang), forthcoming, Journal of Politics. [download]

  2. "Brexit Identities and British Public Opinion on China" (with Wilfred Chow and Enze Han), forthcoming, International Affairs, https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iiz191

  3. "Geopolitics, Nationalism, and Foreign Direct Investment: Perceptions of the China Threat and American Public Attitudes toward Chinese FDI" (with Ka Zeng), forthcoming, Chinese Journal of International Politics.

  4. "Domestic Responses to Global Production Diversion: Evidence from Chinese Manufacturing Firms” (with Robert Gulotty), forthcoming, Business and Politics, online first: https://doi.org/10.1017/bap.2019.8.

  5. “Misperceptions of Chinese Investments in Canada and Their Correction: Evidence from a Survey Experiment" (with Yingqiu Kuang* and Linting Zhang*), Canadian Journal of Political Science (2019), Volume 52, Issue 2, pp. 285-302. [download]

  6. "Business as Usual? Economic Responses to Political Tensions between China and Japan" (with Adam Liu*), International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (2019), Volume 19, Issue 2, pp. 213-236. [download]

  7. "To Join or Not to Join? State Ownership, Commercial Interests, and China’s Belt and Road Initiative" (with Ka Zeng), Pacific Affairs (2019)Volume 92, Issue 1, pp. 5-26 (lead article). [download]

  8. "China's Evolving Motivations and Goals in UN Peacekeeping Participation" (with Songying Fang and Fanglu Sun), International Journal (2018), Volume 73, Issue 3, pp. 464-473[download]

  9. "Unpacking the Patterns of Corporate Restructuring during China's SOE Reform"  (with Jean Oi), Economic and Political Studies (2018)Volume 6, Issue 2, pp. 118-134. [download]

  10. "The Face of Internet Recruitment: Evaluating Labor Markets of Online Crowdsourcing Platforms in China" (with Weiyi Shi and Boliang Zhu), Research and Politics (2018), Volume 5, Issue 1, pp. 1-8.  [download]
    – Blogged by: UCSD China Data Lab

  11. "Public Perceptions of International Leadership in China and the United States" (with Stefano Burzo*), Chinese Political Science Review (2018), Volume 3, Issue 1, pp. 81-99. [download]

  12. "Individual Preferences for FDI in Developing Countries: Experimental Evidence from China" (with Ka Zeng), Journal of Experimental Political Science (2017), Volume 4, Issue 3, pp. 195-205. [download] [replication]

  13. "Does Conditionality Still Work? China’s Development Assistance and Democracy in Africa", Chinese Political Science Review (2017), Volume 2, Issue 2, pp. 201-220. [download] [appendix]
    - Media Coverage: BBC NewsCNNQuartz Africa 
    -Op-ed: Washington Post/Monkey Cage

  14. “Chinese Citizens’ Trust in Japan and South Korea: Findings from a Four-City Survey” (with Dingding Chen and Jianwei Wang), International Studies Quarterly (2016), Volume 60, Issue 4, pp. 778-789 [download] [appendix] [replication data] [codes]

  15. "Measuring Local Corruption in China: A Cautionary Tale", Journal of Chinese Political Science (2016), Volume 21, Issue 1, pp. 21-38[download]

  16. “Who Pollutes? Ownership Type and Environmental Performance of Chinese Firms” (with Chris Chan*), Journal of Contemporary China (2016), Volume 25, Issue 98, pp. 248-263. [download]
    - Blogged by CNPolitics (政见): 哪种中国企业更“敢于”污染?

  17. “Understanding China's Behavioral Change in the WTO Dispute Settlement System: Power, Capacity and Normative Constraints in Trade Adjudication", Asian Survey (2012), Volume 52, Issue 6: 1111-1137. [download]

  18. “U.S. Military Aid and Recipient Country Cooperation” (with Patricia Sullivan and Brock Tessman), Foreign Policy Analysis 7(3): 275-294. [download] [online appendix] [replication]
     – Reprinted in Helen V. Milner and Dustin Tingley (eds.) Geopolitics of Foreign Aid. Vol. II. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2013.

  19. “Social Rewards and Socialization Effects: an Alternative Explanation to the Motivation behind China’s Participation in International Institutions”. Chinese Journal of International Politics (2010), Issue 3, Volume 3: 347-377. [Best Doctoral Paper Award, Association of Chinese Political Studies, 2009] [download]
    - Reprinted in Xuefeng Sun, Matt Ferchen and M. Taylor Fravel (eds.) China's Rise and International Norms. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Book Chapters

  1. “Regulating China’s Inward FDI: Changes, Challenges, and the Future”, in Jacques deLisle and Avery Goldstein (eds.) To Get Rich Is Glorious: Challenges Facing China’s Economic Reform and Opening at Forty (2019), Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press.

  2. “Environmental Management, Financing and Performance in Chinese Firms: Evidence from a Nationwide Survey”, in Bingqiang Ren and Huisheng Shou (eds.) Governing the Chinese Environment in a Changing Society: Dynamics, Challenges, and Prospects (2013), Palgrave Macmillan.

  3. “Learning and Socialization in International Institutions: China’s Experience with the WTO Dispute Settlement System”, in Mingjiang Li (ed.) China Joins Global Governance: Cooperation and Contentions (2012)Rowman & Littlefield: Lexington Books. 

  4. “Reciprocity and Adaptation in U.S-China Foreign Policy Behaviors”, in Robert Grafstein and Fan Wan (eds.) A Bridge Too Far?: Commonalities and Differences between China and the U.S, (2009), Rowman & Littlefield: Lexington Books. [download]

Other Publications
  1. "China is offering ‘no strings attached aid’ to Africa. Here’s what that means." The Washington Post/Monkey Cage, September 27, 2018. [download]

  2. “Les Québécois Positifs et Pragmatiques Face à la Chine” (with Paul Evans and Pascale Massot), Les Affaires, May 20, 2018. [download]

  3. “Quebec Survey Respondents Positive, Pragmatic about Ties with China” (with Paul Evans and Pascale Massot), The Hill Times, May 18, 2018. [download]

  4. "Xi’s China a source of worry and wonder for Canadians” (with Paul Evans), The Globe and Mail, October 26, 2017. [download]

  5. "Pragmatism admist Anxiety: Canadian Opinions on China and Canada-China Relations” (with Paul Evans), Institute of Asian Research, October 17, 2017. [download]

  6.  "China as a Trading Superpower", in Nicholas Kitchen (ed.) China's Geoeconomic Strategy, LSE IDEAS Special Report (2012) 12, London School of Economics, London, UK. [download]

  7. “Legalizing Nuclear Abandonment: When Do States Enter Nuclear Weapons Free Zones?” (with Matthew Fuhrmann) , Harvard Kennedy School Managing the Atom Project, March 14, 2008. 

  8. “China and Multilateral Export Control Regimes: A Case of Socialization Effects in International Institutions”, The Monitor (2006), Volume 12, Issue 1: 10-14, Center for International Trade and Security.

Selected Work in Progress
  1. "Trade Conflict and Consumer Choice: Evidence from Canada" (with Adam Liu), under review.

  2. "Territorial Indivisibility and Domestic Preference for Dispute Resolution: Evidence from Japan" (with Songying Fang, Daina Chiba, and Atsushi Tago), under review. [download]

  3. "Public Opinion, International Reputation and Audience Cost in an Authoritarian Regime" (with Dingding Chen), revise and resubmit.

  4. Repaying the State's Helping Hand: Political Connection as a Reciprocal Exchange” (with Jean Oi and Chaohua Han), in revision.

  5. “Explaining Regulatory Discrimination in China: A Mixed Methods Approach” (with Yuen Yuen Ang), work in progress. [supported by a Center for International Business Education and Research Grant, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan]