Eric Harwit

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Research Program
Professor, Asian Studies, University of Hawaii
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PhD, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Area of Expertise: 

China’s political and economic transformation; China’s foreign trade and foreign investment policy; China’s automobile industry development and telecom policy, China-Japan economic relations.

Eric Harwit received a diploma from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing in 1990. He has lived in China for more than five years, speaks fluent Chinese and competent Japanese, and has been in China on political-economic and market research project assignments almost every year since 1982. Dr. Harwit also teaches courses on East Asian political, economic and business development, as well as Asian history and culture.

Recent publications:

  • "Comparative Development of the Mobile Internet in China and Japan," in Mobile Communication and Greater China (Routledge, 2012).
  • "Telecommunications and the Internet in China," in Asia-Pacific Yearbook (Centre for International Information and Documentation, 2009).
  • "Japan's Economic Ties with China: A Focus on Industrial Investment and Technology Transfer Policies," (Japanese Journal of Administrative Science, 2008).
  • "Chinese Overseas Investment: Cases in the Automobile and Telecommunications Sectors," in Kaigai-shinshutsu suru chugoku- keizai [The overseas advance of the Chinese economy] (Nippon Hyoronsha, 2008).
  • China's Telecommunications Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2008), Japanese translation (NTT Publishing, Inc., 2011).
  • "Building China's Telecommunications Network:  Industrial Policy and the Role of Chinese State-owned, Foreign and Private Domestic Enterprises," (China Quarterly, June, 2007).

  • "Telecommunications and the Internet in Shanghai:  Political and Economic Factors Shaping the Network in a Chinese City," (Urban Studies, September, 2005).
  • China's Automobile Industry (M.E. Sharpe, 1995).

  • "Spreading Telecommunications to Developing Areas in China: Telephones, the Internet and the Digital Divide" (China Quarterly, December, 2004).

  • "The Automobile Industry in China after WTO Entry" (Harvard China Review, Spring, 2004).

  • "High Technology Business Incubators in China" (China Business Review, July, 2002).

  • "The Impact of WTO Membership on China's Automobile Industry" (China Quarterly , September 2001).

  • "Shaping the Internet in China" (with Duncan Clark, Asian Survey, May 2001).