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.

Selected publications:


Is 5G wireless technology the next field for Chinese dominance? China-US Focus, 4 April.


WeChat: Social and political development of China's dominant messaging app. Chinese Journal of Communication. 10(3): 312-27.

Tesla's China venture—will the company set a precedent in Shanghai? China-US Focus, 9 November.

Ford and Tesla's challenge to Trump in China. China-US Focus, 19 July.

ZTE's penalty: Repercussions of an American-imposed fine. China-US Focus, 24 May.


Blessing China’s takeover of Syngenta. China-US Focus, 31 August.

Sanctioning ZTE and Huawei: Chinese telecom giants’ conflict with the U.S. China-US Focus, 30 June.

The Internet in China: Economic growth and bridging the digital divide. The World Financial Review, January-February.

The Internet in China: How the network is shaping the PRC’s economic and social landscape. The World Financial Review, January-February, pp. 64-67.


Telecommunications in China. In Berkshire Essentials: The Internet in China: Cultural, political and social dimensions (1980s-2000s). Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing.

The rise and influence of Weibo (Microblogs) in China. Asian Survey. November-December: 1059-87.


Chinese and Japanese investment in Southeast and South Asia: Case studies of the automobile and electronics industries. Pacific Review, September: 361-83.


Comparative development of the mobile Internet in China and Japan. In Rodney Wai-chi Chu, Leopoldina Fortunati, Pui-Lam Law, and Shanhua Yang, eds., Mobile communication and greater China. London: Routledge, pp. 80-95.


Telecommunications and the Internet in China. In Asia-Pacific Yearbook. Barcelona: Centre for International Information and Documentation.


Chinese overseas investment: Cases in the automobile and telecommunications sectors. In Kaigai-shinshutsu suru chugoku- keizai [The overseas advance of the Chinese economy]. Toshima-ku: Nippon Hyoron Sha.

China's telecommunications revolution. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Japan's economic ties with China: A focus on industrial investment and technology transfer policies. Japanese Journal of Administrative Science.


Building China's telecommunications network: Industrial policy and the role of Chinese state-owned, foreign, and private domestic enterprises. China Quarterly. June.


Telecommunications and the Internet in Shanghai: Political and economic factors shaping the network in a Chinese city. Urban Studies. September.


Spreading telecommunications to developing areas in China: Telephones, the Internet and the digital divide. China Quarterly. December.

The automobile industry in China after WTO entry. Harvard China Review. Spring.


High technology business incubators in China. China Business Review. July.


Shaping the Internet in China (with Duncan Clark). Asian Survey. May.

The impact of WTO membership on China's automobile industry. China Quarterly. September.


China's automobile industry. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.