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Former UK Consul-General and Chatham House Scholar to Keynote at ASIS Asia-Pacific 2013

Brussels, 15 October 2013 – ASIS International (ASIS), the world’s premier association for security professionals, has announced that Dr. Tim Summers, Senior Consulting Fellow, Asia Programme at Chatham House (Hong Kong), will give a keynote presentation on policy direction and political risk in China under the new leadership at ASIS Asia-Pacific 2013.

The ASIS 7th Asia-Pacific Security Forum & Exhibition will take place in Macau, China on 3-5 December 2013.

A year after a transition to new leadership at the top of the Communist Party of China, Dr. Summers will assess the policy priorities of China’s new leaders. What will be the approach to the apparent slowing of economic growth, and how will efforts change the structure of China’s economy fare? How will the Party deal with growing popular expectations in areas such as health and education? Is China’s new President, Xi Jinping, likely to oversee the introduction of political reforms? What risks are brought through China’s growing role in global issues? Dr. Summers will outline the policy direction of the new leadership, and identify the political and security risks brought on by the rapid pace of change in China.

Tim Summers is based in Hong Kong, where he works on the politics, economy and international relations of China. He is a Senior Consulting Fellow on the Asia Programme at Chatham House, London. He advises corporates and investors on developments in China, and writes the China report for Stirling Assynt. Dr. Summers has spent most of the last seventeen years in China and Hong Kong, first as a British diplomat, and was British Consul-General in Chongqing from 2004 to 2007.

Dr. Summers said: “With a new leadership in place, and economic growth in the Chinese economy slowing, there has never been a more important time to understand the policy direction and political risks in the second-largest economy in the world.”

Around 250 senior security professionals, corporate executives, consultants and government officials are expected to attend 24 high-level, end-users focused, educational sessions divided over two parallel tracks that will cover a wide range of security issues.

The conference will also feature:

  • Three keynote presentations
  • A summit for Chief Security Officers (CSOs) organized by the CSO Roundtable of ASIS International;
  • An exhibition featuring the latest in security technology and services, and;
  • Unrivaled networking opportunities at the President’s Reception, lunches and networking breaks.

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About ASIS International:

ASIS International (ASIS) is the premier organization for professionals responsible for security, with more than 38,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, governmental entities and the general public. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry’s leading magazine, Security Management, ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance. For more information, visit


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