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Tom Miller

Tom Miller

Affiliate of the Lau China Institute


Tom Miller is a long-time China watcher and author, focusing on China’s influence overseas. He is a senior analyst at Gavekal Research, a Hong Kong-based firm, and worked for its sister firm, Dragonomics, in Beijing for a decade. He was a correspondent for the South China Morning Post and has written for the Financial Times and The Guardian. He edited the China Economic Quarterly from 2007-17 and reviews China books for The Spectator. He has reported from 30 Chinese provinces and more than 20 countries on five continents.

Tom is a well-known commentator on Chinese affairs. He has given talks at the US State Department; UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; CSIS; Chatham House; Stimson Center; RUSI; and the World Bank. He has delivered lectures at Peking University, the Universities of Oxford and Pennsylvania, and SOAS in London. He has been quoted by the Financial Times, Economist, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Nikkei Asia, Reuters and Bloomberg; interviewed on the BBC, CNN and CNBC; and appeared on the Sinica and Chinese Whispers podcasts.

Tom studied English literature at Oxford, Chinese history and politics at SOAS, and Chinese language at universities in Beijing.

He is the author of two acclaimed books. His first, China’s Urban Billion: The Story Behind the Biggest Migration in Human History (Zed, 2012), was translated into Chinese. His second, China’s Asian Dream: Empire Building Along the New Silk Road (Zed, 2017), was translated into five Asian languages. He also contributed a chapter in To Get Rich Is Glorious (Brookings, 2019), an academic survey of China’s Reform & Opening process.