Matt Ferchen

Resident Scholar
Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
Ferchen specializes in China’s political-economic relations with emerging economies. At the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, he runs a program on China’s economic and political relations with the developing world, including Latin America.


PhD, Cornell University
MA, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
BA, University of Puget Sound


English; Mandarin Chinese; Spanish


Matt Ferchen is a resident scholar at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, where he runs the China and the Developing World Program. His research focuses on the governance of China’s urban informal economy, debates about the “China model” of development, and economic and political relations between China and Latin America.

Ferchen is also an associate professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on international and Chinese political economy as well as on China–Latin America relations.

Ferchen is a Truman and Fulbright-Hays fellow. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the Review of International Political Economy and the Chinese Journal of International Politics. Ferchen has lived, worked, and conducted research in China and Latin America.

  • May 6, 2015 Washington, DC
    U.S.-China-Venezuela Oil Ties

    Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves, and the United States and China are the world’s largest oil importers, yet Venezuela’s relations with Beijing and Washington couldn’t be more different.

  • December 3, 2014 Washington, DC
    Opportunities and Barriers for China’s International Oil Collaboration

    China is becoming an increasingly engaged actor globally, as it seeks more secure sources for its oil and the technology to produce a shale revolution of its own.

  • December 3, 2014 Washington, DC
    Global Oil Paradigm Shift and China-U.S. Relations

    The development of technologies to extract unconventional resources such as shale oil have led to low global crude prices. This constitutes a global oil paradigm shift.

  • December 2, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    China Oil Forum

    With China’s economy slowing after decades of double-digit growth, now is the time to think strategically about how the nation will deal with its physical resource limitations, their associated environmental concerns, and oil’s evolving geopolitical realities. The China Oil Forum will engage key thinkers, policymakers, and civil society in a discussion about these strategic questions.

  • October 22, 2014 Beijing
    China-Middle East Relations: Beyond Energy?

    Despite challenges like terrorism and intraregional conflict, the United States and China remain invested in the Middle East and should work together with regional actors to manage instability.

  • July 6, 2014 Beijing 中文
    Chinese Energy Security and Geopolitics: The China-Russia Gas Deal and Beyond

    China’s National Petroleum Corporation and Russia’s OAO Gazprom signed a multi-billion dollar gas deal with far-reaching implications for geopolitics and global energy markets. Whether this represents a meaningful pivot eastward by Russia remains to be seen.

  • March 26, 2014 Beijing 中文
    The Evolving China-Mexico Relationship: Trade and Investment Trends

    Within the last few years, the China-Mexico bilateral relationship has entered into a new and dynamic period. The new leaders in both countries have committed themselves to major domestic economic reforms, which are certain to impact the bilateral relationship.

  • March 26, 2013 Beijing 中文
    The United States and China in Africa: Crossroads for Cooperation or a Theatre for Competition?

    Africa remains both a challenge and opportunity for both China and the United States. China’s surge in trade and investment in Africa has left critical questions for U.S., African, and Chinese policies.

  • February 22, 2013 Washington, DC
    Is China Too Liberal? China’s Quixotic Search for Peaceful Development

    China’s relations with the developing world are based on what China calls “South-South, win-win complementarity.”

  • January 8, 2013 Beijing 中文
    Myanmar, China, and the United States: Rebalancing and Trust

    The dramatic internal changes in Myanmar have refocused attention on the dynamics between the United States and China, playing into issues of trust and mistrust among the three countries.


Areas of Expertise

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