Tai Ming Cheung

Tai Ming Cheung is the director of IGCC and a professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego, where he teaches courses on Asian security and Chinese security and technology.

As the leader of IGCC's work on science, technology, and innovation, with a special emphasis on China's strategic ambitions and their implications for the United States, Cheung has built a solid reputation as an expert on Chinese and East Asian defense and national security affairs, especially related to economic, industrial, technology and innovation issues. He also manages the institute’s Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue, bringing together senior foreign ministry, defense officials and academics from around the globe.

Cheung is is a long-time analyst of Chinese and East Asian defense and national security affairs and was based in Asia from the mid-1980s to 2002 covering political, economic, and strategic developments in greater China. He was also a journalist and political and business risk consultant in northeast Asia.

Cheung received his PhD from the War Studies Department at King’s College, London University. Recent publications include The Gathering Pacific Storm: Emerging US-China Strategic Competition in Defense Technological and Industrial Development (ed., with Thomas Mahnken, Cambria, 2018), China and Cybersecurity (ed., with Jon Lindsay and Derek Reveron, Oxford, 2015), and Fortifying China: The Struggle to Build a Modern Defense Economy (Cornell, 2009).

  • China
  • technology and national security
  • defense innovation
  • East Asian security
  • geo-economics, innovation, and national security
  • great power competition