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Chris Cheang is a Senior Fellow with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). He has a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours, Second Upper) from University of Singapore, graduating in 1980. Before joining RSIS, he was a Foreign Service Officer, working in various capacities in the European department dealing with Western and Eastern Europe, the Southeast Asia department dealing with Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, the Computer and Security Information Department (self-explanatory), and the International Economics department dealing with APEC, and FreeTrade Agreements.
He also served in the Singapore Embassy as First Secretary, essentially the number two, in Bonn (November 1983-June 1987); as First Secretary and subsequently Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy in Moscow, also the number two position (August 1994-August 1997; December 1999-March 2004; November 2006-June 2013) and finally as Consul-General in San Francisco (August 2013-August 2017).
Chris is relatively fluent in the Russian language, having done a 3-month full-time Russian language course in MGU (Moscow State University, Russia’s best university), from May-August 1994 and having practised the language during his 3 tours in Moscow; he subsequently acquired a Russian language certificate at advanced level from the Russian MFA’s Academy.
He has an excellent command of the German language, having done a full-time course in the Goethe-Institut in Mannheim and Munich from April 1982-February 1983 and graduating with an advanced level certificate; since then, he regularly took and passed with flying colours, the advanced level exams at the Goethe-Institut in Moscow, Singapore and San Francisco, the latest being undertaken in November 2016, as required by the Singapore MFA.
Areas of Expertise
- Basis and Directions of Russian Foreign Policy;
- Russia’s Relations with China and the US, as Seen from the Russian Perspective;
- Role of Central Asia in Russia’s Relations with China and the US; and
- Russo-ASEAN Relations
Russian Balancing Strategy: Setbacks in 2020?
21 September, 2020
Belarus: New Arena for Russia-West Discord
27 August, 2020
Russia, China and the Arctic: Cooperation or Looming Rivalry?
28 July, 2020
Russia’s Referendum: Is the Succession Issue Settled?
03 July, 2020
Global Health Security: COVID-19 and Its Impacts - Russia’s Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy
12 May, 2020
Putin After 2024: More Power or More Predictability?
14 February, 2020
Putin’s 2020 State-of-the-Nation Address: More Power?
21 January, 2020
Russia as Mediator in US-Iran Crisis?
09 January, 2020
Russian Foreign Policy: Balance Sheet 2019
30 December, 2019
Russo-Kazakh Relations: The China Factor
19 November, 2019
Russia and the West: Towards Normalisation?
08 October, 2019
Russia's Pivot to the East: A New Balance?
27 September, 2019
Russia and Germany: A New Future?
30 July, 2019
G-20’s Osaka Summit: What Putin Achieved
03 July, 2019
Russia and the Kuriles: Achilles’ Heel or Bargaining Chip?
20 June, 2019
Xi’s Visit to Russia: Beginning of a New Era?
07 June, 2019
Putin-Kim Summit: Enter the Russian Factor
29 April, 2019
Kazakhstan: End of an Era?
22 March, 2019
Putin’s State-of-the-Nation Speech: Primacy of Domestic Politics
26 February, 2019
Online Extremism in Russia: Assessing Putin’s Move
05 December, 2018
Russia’s Pivot to the East: Putin’s Broadening Move
15 November, 2018
Russia and India: As Close As Lips & Teeth?
18 October, 2018
CO18151 | Russia-China Relations: Alliance in the Making?
17 September, 2018
CO18124 | Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit: So Who Gained?
23 July, 2018
CO18115 | The Coming Trump-Putin Summit
06 July, 2018
CO18108 | Is Russia Still Isolated?
27 June, 2018
CO18100 | Trump-Kim Summit 2018: Russia’s Cautious Response
19 June, 2018
CO18051 | New Putin Presidency’s Foreign Policy: What to Expect
23 March, 2018
CO18037 | Putin’s Coming Presidency: Tougher for Russo-Western Relations?
07 March, 2018
CO18014 | Russian-American Relations: What Impact on ASEAN?
29 January, 2018
CO17233 | Russia’s Interest in North Korea Crisis
12 December, 2017
CO17212 | Russia-ASEAN Relations: Where Are They Headed?
09 November, 2017
CO17202 | Russia’s “Pivot” to the East: Short-lived with China?
27 October, 2017
Last updated on 28/08/2018