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Benjamin Ho is Assistant Professor at the China Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore. He obtained his PhD from the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK under a RSIS PhD scholarship. His research focus includes the study of China’s international relations, with an emphasis on Chinese political worldview and exceptionalism thinking. Other research interests include security multilateralism in the Asia Pacific region with a focus on regional institutions and fora, national security (intelligence), the sociology of religion and public theology (Christianity). He is the author of the book China’s Political Worldview and Chinese Exceptionalism: International Order and Global Leadership (Amsterdam University Press, 2021). He has also published in journals such as China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, East Asia: An International Quarterly, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, Asia Policy, and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. He was also a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University between November 2021 and February 2022.
Areas of Expertise
- Security Multilateralism in the Asia Pacific Region With a Focus on Regional Institutions and Fora
- Chinese Foreign Policy and Ethical Philosophy
- National Security (Intelligence)
- Sociology of Religion
WP256 | The Rising Chorus of Chinese Exceptionalism
10 April, 2013
WP249 | ASEAN's Centrality in a Rising Asia
13 September, 2012
Biden-Xi: Emerging Clash of the United Fronts?
15 June, 2021
Intelligence Operations: Risks Faced by Academia
12 August, 2020
Global Health Security: COVID-19 and Its Impacts - Peacetime SAF: Its Evolving Defence Role
18 May, 2020
Global Health Security - Post COVID-19 World: Will It Reshape Global Leadership?
06 April, 2020
How China Sees the Indo-Pacific: What Next After AOIP?
30 December, 2019
PRC Turns 70: Five Elements of its Grand Strategy
30 September, 2019
The China Challenge: Contending Discourses on International Order
30 November, 2018
CO18062 | Will China Be a Responsible Great Power?
03 April, 2018
CO16315 | The Terrex Vehicles Issue: China Seizes Asia-Pacific Initiative
28 December, 2016
CO15225 | Xi’s State Visit to UK: Turning to British History for China’s Future
22 October, 2015
CO15067 | Lee Kuan Yew’s Leadership: Model for China?
26 March, 2015
CO14202 | The China Dream: Between Personal Aspiration and State Authoritarianism?
15 October, 2014
CO14082 | ASEAN Open Skies: Economic Integration and SAR
07 May, 2014
CO14059 | MH370: Limits of China’s Soft Power
31 March, 2014
CO14018 | Abe’s Call to Stand up to China: At What Cost?
27 January, 2014
CO13190 | Beijing’s ASEAN Embrace: Making Hay While the Sun Shines
09 October, 2013
CO13078 | ASEAN Unity: From Word to Deed
26 April, 2013
CO13036 | Beijing's Renewed Resolve: Treading the Path of Peaceful Development
25 February, 2013
CO12224 | China's New Leadership: How Reformist Will It Be?
11 December, 2012
CO12224 | China's New Leadership: How Reformist Will It Be?
11 December, 2012
CO12188 | ASEAN at 45: A Case for Principled Realism
08 October, 2012
CO12138 | Negotiating the World's Cyber Frontier
30 July, 2012
CO12097 | Beijing’s Leadership Transition: Testing Times for China
11 June, 2012
CO12059 | Seoul Nuclear Summit: Back to the Drawing Board
03 April, 2012
CO12028 | ASEAN Centrality: Year of Big Power Transitions
20 February, 2012
CO12006 | China’s Global Role: Need for Soft Power?
09 January, 2012
CO11162 | ASEAN’s World Cup Goal: Where Football Meets Diplomacy
09 November, 2011
CO11107 | ARF at 18: Crisis of Confidence or Oasis of Opportunity?
19 July, 2011
Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs - RSIS Asian Security Conference 2014
13 March, 2014
Roundtable Report on "Strategic Engagement in the Asia Pacific: The Future of the ADMM-Plus"
24 July, 2013
Selected Essays by RSIS Researchers - 2020
18 January, 2021
IP22061 | 20th CCP Congress: Key Storylines and the Future of China
07 November, 2022
IP22044 | Beijing's Gegenpressing Offensive against Taiwan: Will It Work?
15 August, 2022
IP22033 | Shangri-La Dialogue 2022 and the Future of Asia
15 June, 2022
IP22013 | The Limits of Russia-China Friendship: What are the Options for Beijing?
11 March, 2022
IP21024 | Cross-strait Relations and Saving Beijing's Face
17 December, 2021
IP21011 | Global Politics in a Multipolar Age: The Choice for Small States
01 November, 2021
Commemorative / Event Reports
- China’s Political Worldview and Chinese Exceptionalism: International Order and Global Leadership. Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press, 2021
- “How regime legitimation influences Vietnam’s strategy toward US–China strategic rivalry” (with Phan Xuan Dung) in International Journal of Asian Studies, Vol 19, Part 2, 2022. p 1 - 20
- “The Avengers and the PLA Wolf Warrior: Popular Narratives and Major Power Competition” in East Asia, 2022
- “COVID-19 and the China Challenge: Interrogating the Domestic-International Nexus in Beijing’s Coronavirus Response” in National Security Journal, 3, 3, 2021
- “Singapore tra incudine e martello [Singapore between the hammer and the anvil]” in L'Impero Nella Tempesta [Limes, Italian Review of Geopolitics], 1, 2021
- “Chinese Vision of a Rules-Based Order: International Order with Chinese Characteristics” in Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, Indo-Pacific Perspectives, 2020, pp. 12-15
- “China’s Strategic Objectives in a Post-COVID-19 World” in PRISM, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2020, pp. 89-103
- “The Relational-Turn in International Relations Theory: Bringing Chinese Ideas into Mainstream International Relations Scholarship” in American Journal of Chinese Studies, 26, 2, 2019, pp. 91-106
- “Introduction: China’s International Relations Thinking – From Theory to Practice” in Asia Policy, Vol. 14, No. 3, 2019, pp. 2-7
- Ho, B. (2018). Power and Populism: What the Singapore Model Means for the Chinese Dream. The China Quarterly, 1-20. doi:10.1017/S030574101800053X
Bhubhindar Singh, Sarah Teo & Benjamin Ho, "Rising Sino-Japanese competition: perspectives from South-East Asian elites", Australian Journal of International Affairs, Volume 71, Issue 1, February 2017, Pages 105-120, DOI: 10.1080/10357718.2016.1157849
- Benjamin Ho, "About Face—the relational dimension in Chinese IR discourse", Journal of Contemporary China (2015), 26 October 2015, DOI: 10.1080/10670564.2015.107571
- Benjamin Ho, "Learning from Lee: Lessons in Governance for the Middle Kingdom from the Little Red Dot", East Asia 32 No. 3 (September 2015): pp. 1-24, doi: 10.1007/s12140-015-9248-0
- Ho, Benjamin. “The Future of ASEAN Centrality in the Asia-Pacific Regional Architecture." Yale Journal of International Affairs, 24 June 2015. http://yalejournal.org/article_post/asean_centrality/.
- Ho, Benjamin. "Understanding Chinese Exceptionalism: China’s Rise, Its Goodness, and Greatness." Alternatives: Global, Local, Political 39, no. 3 (2014): 164-176. doi: 10.1177/0304375414567978.
Chapters in Edited Books
- “Training Chinese Cadres: Political Governance, Soft Power and the Chinese Solution” in Benjamin Ho, Training Chinese Cadres: Political Governance, Soft Power and the Chinese Solution. Singapore: World Scientific, 2022, pp. 435-445
- “IR Theory with Chinese Characteristics: Interpreting Global Politics through a Chinese Exceptionalism Lens” in Hua Shiping (Ed.), The Political Logic of the US-China Trade War. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2022, pp. 37-53
- “IR Theory with Chinese Characteristics: Interpreting Global Politics through a Chinese Exceptionalism Lens” in Shiping Hua, The Political Logic of the US–China Trade War. United States: Rowman and Littlefield, 2022, p37-53
- “China’s Exceptional Public Diplomacy: Dressing Up the Dragon” in C.R. Alexander (Ed.), Frontiers in Public Diplomacy: Hegemony, Morality and Power in the International Sphere. London, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2021, pp. 117-130
- “Branding China: How Beijing Seeks to Improve Its National Image by Learning from Singapore” in Stephan Ortmann and Mark Thompson (Eds.), China's 'Singapore Model' and Authoritarian Learning. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2020, pp. 72-87
- “Why Xi Jinping Cannot Back Down on Coronavirus”, The National Interest, 4 June 2022
- “Why a Truce Between Moscow and Kyiv Would be the Best Outcome for Beijing”, ThinkChina, 15 March 2022
- “Rules-Based Order? Strengthening Consensus on the Rules and Principles Underpinning the International Order” (with Joel Ng, and Sarah Teo), CSCAP Regional Security Outlook 2022, 13 December 2021
- “Why China Will Not Cooperate with the West: The Pandemic Made Things Worse”, The National Interest, 25 July 2021
- “Review – Singapore Is Not An Island”, E-International Relations, 17 June 2021
- “US must confront China’s assertive, expansionist Asia strategy”, CNA, 16 March 2021
- “Rules-Based Order? Strengthening consensus on the rules and principles underpinning the international order” (with Joel Ng, and Sarah Teo), Asia Link Insights, 1 February 2021
- “Hong Kong’s National Security Law Could Make Spying More Tricky”, Todayonline, 14 July 2020
- “Hong Kong’s National Security Law: What It Means for Chinese Intelligence Capabilities”, The Politburo, 1 June 2020
- Ho, Benjamin, and Shawn Ho. “Xi sees off America's Trump card challenge.” Channel NewsAsia, 11 November 2017. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/commentary-xi-sees-off-america-trump-challenge-9394678
- Ho, Shawn, and Benjamin Ho. “After China’s 19th Party Congress – implications for the regional architecture and order.” PacNet #82, 8 November 2017. https://www.csis.org/analysis/pacnet-82-after-chinas-19th-party-congress-%E2%80%93-implications-regional-architecture-and-order.
- Singh, Bhubhindar, Sarah Teo, and Benjamin Ho. "Sino-Japanese Competition and ASEAN." Australian Outlook, 9 January 2017. http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australian_outlook/sino-japanese-competition-and-asean.
- Ho, Benjamin. "ASEAN Security Architecture: Tension between National Interests and Regional Institutions", Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 356, 29 September 2016.
- Ho, Benjamin. “Defense diplomacy in East Asia: will ASEAN continue to be central?" PacNet #42, 27 July 2015, http://csis.org/publication/pacnet-42-defense-diplomacy-east-asia-will-asean-continue-be-central.
- Ho, Benjamin, Bhubhindar Singh, and Sarah Teo. "ASEAN Chairmanship in 2015: Perspectives and Prospects", Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 298, 13 January 2015, http://www.eastwestcenter.org/publications/malaysia%E2%80%99s-asean-chairmanship-in-2015-perspectives-and-prospects.
- Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit and Benjamin Ho. “Beijing’s ASEAN Embrace: Making Hay While the Sun Shines.” Eurasia Review, October 10, 2013.
- Speaker, Webinar on “Chinese Exceptionalism in a Coronavirus World: The Struggle for the Moral High Ground in Global Politics” by Young China Watchers, 23 June 2021.
Last updated on 27/04/2022