Experts & Staff: Alumni

Thomas König

Programme Co-ordinator

Languages: German, English, French, Chinese and conversational Japanese
Areas of Expertise: EU-China Relations, Multilateral Diplomacy

Thomas König is the ECFR's China Programme co-ordinator. 

He works on the increasing ECFR's profile in this area, expanding the programme's activities and contributes to ECFR's China research. After having worked for the political section of the German Embassy in Beijing, he first joined ECFR in April 2011 to assist in the research and publication of the ECFR's report 'The Scramble for Europe'. He returned to the ECFR in 2012 after having worked for the Rising Powers and Global Governance section of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin as well as the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva.

Along EU-China relations, his research work focuses on East Asian security relations and implications to China's foreign policy.

Thomas majored in Political Science with a focus on East Asian Studies at Yale University and completed a semester at Peking University, specializing in Chinese foreign policy and rule of law reform. He holds a master’s degree in International Studies & Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.


By Thomas König


A “Soft Alliance”? Russia-China Relations After the Ukraine Crisis (Podcast)

16th February, 2015

Author of ‘A “Soft Alliance”? Russia-China Relations After the Ukraine Crisis', Alexander Gabuev, and ECFR's China Programme co-ordinator, Thomas König, discuss how Putin sees in its Asian pivot a way to strengthen the most vulnerable parts of its economy: dependence on the European energy market, dependence on Western capital markets, and dependence on technologies.


A guide to China’s leadership changes (Commentary)

by Thomas König - 29th October, 2012

Ahead of the selection of China’s new leadership on November 8th, Thomas König of ECFR’s China Programme explains what the process involves, who the new men will be, and why it matters.


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