Ian Taylor and China: a long intellectual journey, called to a halt


  • Zhengyu Wu School of International Studies, Renmin University of China




Ian Taylor, China–Africa relations, Intellectual journey, Contextualised understanding, Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China, Africa


This paper is divided into three sections. First, it evaluates Professor Ian Taylor’s characteristic approach to the study of China–Africa relations, as showcased in ‘China’s foreign policy towards Africa in the 1990s’ (Taylor, 1998). Then, it brings attention to Ian Taylor’s engagement with China since 2009, with a special focus on his non-typical approach to China Studies. Finally, it deals with Ian Taylor’s unfinished project on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China–India relations.

Author Biography

Zhengyu Wu, School of International Studies, Renmin University of China

Dr Zhengyu Wu is professor of International Politics at the School of International Studies of the Renmin University of China (Beijing), where he has taught since 2002. Professor Wu earned his PhD from the Department of History at Nanjing University (Nanjing, China), and has travelled extensively to the UK and US as a visiting and research scholar. His areas of specialisation include the Theory of International Politics, Geopolitics and Grand Strategy, and East Asian Maritime and Naval Affairs. Some of his most recent articles have appeared in the Naval War College Review, the Journal of Strategic Studies and The Pacific Review.