Michael Tai’s research interests include international political economy and East Asian history, and he has written about US-China relations, the Belt and Road Initiative and China’s relations with her maritime neighbors. He has contributed op-eds to the South China Morning Post, the Tokyo-based Diplomat online magazine, and spoken on BBC World Service. Michael has wide industry experience having worked in consulting and management in the media, steel and transportation sectors. He also taught finance in Kyrgyzstan and Belarus and development studies at Cambridge. Michael speaks fluent Chinese, French, German and Malay.