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Christopher Hum

speaker location icon Cambridge, UK

British Ambassador to China (2002-05)

Negotiator during talks on return of Hong Kong

Master of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge (2006-12)

Sir Christopher Hum KCMG was the British Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China between 2002 and 2005. He joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1967, straight after reading Modern Languages at Pembroke College, Cambridge. The following year he was posted to Hong Kong to study Mandarin Chinese at Hong Kong University. Some 18 years of his diplomatic career were spent working in or on China and he continues as an analyst and commentator on Chinese affairs.

In the 1980s and 1990s Christopher was closely involved in the negotiations which led to the UK’s return of Hong Kong to China in 1997. Other diplomatic postings were in Brussels (European Communities), Paris, New York (United Nations) and Warsaw (as Ambassador from 1996 to 1998).

Christopher was Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, from 2006 to 2012 and remains a Life Fellow of the College. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the China Policy Institute in the University of Nottingham and of the Executive Committee of the Great Britain-China Centre. He has served on the boards of businesses in the UK and China, and currently is a director of Laird plc.

Our Comment

"Having spent much of his diplomatic career being connected with China, Christopher is an authoritative commentator on the country and her role in the future. He is continually active on academic and business bodies relating to China, and is a fluent Mandarin speaker."


"The 21st Century Does Not Belong To China" (2013)



Living with the Dragon: China in Today's World (2013)


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