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Professor Angela Zhang’s

“High Wire” Book Talk Series

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How China Governs Big Tech and Regulates Artificial Intelligence


Date & Time: March 21, 2024 (Thursday) 13:00-14:15
Venue: Room 824, 8/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, HKU


China has long been recognized as a powerhouse in cultivating Big Tech firms that rival those in the United States. However, the Chinese government recently embarked on a massive regulatory crackdown, targeting its largest tech corporations such as Alibaba, Tencent, and Meituan.  Many Western experts have perceived China’s tech crackdown as the government’s assault on private businesses, causing growing doubts among investors whether Chinese firms are still investable.


In this book talk, Professor Zhang will take us beyond the headlines to unravel the complexity of China’s regulatory governance. Drawing insights from her newly released book, “High Wire: How China Regulates Big Tech and Governs Its Economy,” she will introduce the dynamic pyramid model of regulation, a new analytical framework that demystifies Chinese regulatory governance.  Professor Zhang will also apply this model to analyze China’s strategic approach to regulating artificial intelligence and discuss its implications for the global tech rivalry and the prospects for international cooperation.  Join Professor Zhang as she uncovers how China regulates on the high wire by navigating the intricate balance between innovation, regulation and geopolitical contest.

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Angela Zhang is an Associate Professor of Law at The University of Hong Kong and Director of the Philip K. H. Wong Center for Chinese Law. Widely recognized as a leading authority on China’s tech regulation, Angela has written extensively on this topic. She is the author of "Chinese Antitrust Exceptionalism: How the Rise of China Challenges Global Regulation" (Oxford, 2021), which was named one of the Best Political Economy Books of 2021 by ProMarket. Angela's second book, "High Wire: How China Regulates Big Tech and Governs Its Economy," was released by Oxford University Press in March 2024. For more information, please visit her website at, and follow her on Twitter @AngelaZhangHK.



Sébastien Evrard is the partner in charge of the Hong Kong office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.


Sida Liu is a Professor at Faculty of Law at The University of Law. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Sociology.


Jin Li is an Area Head and Professor of Management and Strategy with a joint appointment in Economics at The University of Hong Kong.



Jingxian Zeng is an Assistant Research Officer of Philip K. H. Wong Centre for Chinese Law at The University of Hong Kong.

How to Revive China’s Sagging Economy?


Date & Time: April 22, 2024 (Monday) 17:00 – 18:15

Venue: Academic Conference Room, 11/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, HKU
(In-person only)


Registration: Click HERE



China’s economy is at a crossroads, facing its most significant challenges in recent memory. Amidst this economic turmoil, a fierce debate has emerged among leading experts: Is the current economic downturn a result of ingrained structural issues, excessive state intervention, or escalating geopolitical tensions?


In this roundtable discussion, Professor Angela Zhang will offer a fresh perspective, steering the conversation towards the distinct model of China’s regulatory governance. Drawing insights from her newly released book, “High Wire: How China Regulates Big Tech and Governs Its Economy,” Professor Zhang will introduce the "Dynamic Pyramid Model" to demystify the complexity in Chinese regulation and its enormous impact on the Chinese economy. Through this lens, she will explain the consistent regulatory pattern in some of the biggest policy challenges China has faced in recent years, including tech regulation, the covid-19 pandemic control, the energy crisis in 2021, the ongoing property crack down and China’s demographic crisis. This discussion aims to shed light on the political logic underpinning China’s regulatory policies, while also identifying potential pathways toward economic revival.


Joining Professor Zhang will be a distinguished panel of experts from the fields of financial economics, political science, and journalism, each bringing a unique perspective to this vital conversation on rejuvenating the future of China’s economy.

Angela Zhang


Zhiwu Chen is a Chair and Cheng Yu-Tung Professor in Finance at The University of Hong Kong. Professor Chen currently serves as director of both Hong Kong Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) and Centre for Quantitative History (CQH).


Cheng Li is a Professor of Political Science and founding director of the Centre on Contemporary China and the World (CCCW) at The University of Hong Kong.


Xiangwei Wang is an award winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience. He is recognized as one of Asia’s leading commentators on China and its international relations. He worked for the South China Morning Post for 26 years, of which he was the newspaper’s Editor-In-Chief from 2012 to 2015.


Brian Wong is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at The University of Hong Kong.

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