Dr Jessica Liao

Assistant Professor

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Jessica C. Liao is an assistant professor of political science at North Carolina State University. Prior to NC State, she taught at George Washington University and was a visit fellow at Monash University, Kuala Lumpur canpus. She received her PhD in international relations from the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on Chinese foreign policy and East Asian politics. Her current project is about China's resource and infrastructure development in Southeast Asia.

Teaching and Research Interests

Comparative politics, International political economy, East Asian politics, Chinese foreign policy, Japanese foreign policy, Regionalism 


- China's Energy and Infrastructure Development in Southeast Asia

- China-ASEAN Relations under the Belt and Road Initiative

- The competition between China and Japan in foreign aid and development assistance in Southeast Asia



Developmental States and Business Activism: East Asia’s Trade Dispute Settlement (London: Palgrave Macmillan), November 2015.


"China and Japan in pursuit of Infrastructure Development Leadership Competition or Convergence?" Global Governance 26(3), 2020 (coauthored with Saori N. Katada)

"The nexus of security and economic hedging: Vietnam’s strategic response to Japan–China infrastructure financing competition," The Pacific Review, April 23, 2019. (coauthored with Ngoc-Tram Dang).

“A Good Neighbor of Bad Governance? China's Energy and Infrastructure Development in Southeast Asia,” Journal of Contemporary China, December 18, 2018. 

“A Legacy of Subsidy Policies and Their Impact on China’s Use of the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism,” Asian Survey 53:6 (November/December 2013).

 “China’s Response to the Global IPR Regime: Resistance or Compliance?” Issues & Studies, 42: 4 (Winter 2006).


“It Takes Three to Tango: The Japan-China Infrastructure Financing Competition in Vietnam,” Presented in Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference, Washington DC, March 25, 2018.

“What Washington Doesn’t Get about the One Belt One Road: The Case of Southeast Asia.” Presented in American Association for Chinese Studies Annual Conference, Columbia, South Carolina, October 22, 2017.

“China’s Infrastructure Aid and Investment in Southeast Asia: Ambitious or Over-Ambitious?”  Presented in Shanghai Institute of International Studies, Shanghai, China. November 21st, 2016..


  • PhD in Politics and International Relations from The University of Southern California, 2013
  • MA in China and Asian Pacific Studies from National Sun Yat-Sun University, Taiwan, 2006