Chen Xi

Chen Xi

Harbor Overseas

Chen Xi is an expert on geo-tech competition, smart city and ICT corporation strategy. He is the board chair and CEO of Harbor Overseas, a global smart-city consulting company. He is senior external advisor to the China Academy of Information and Communication Technology. Dr Chen is an adjunct associate professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University and an academic committee member at the Institute for Global Cooperation and Understanding of Peking University. He served as the president of Institute of Smart City Planning and Design of Beijing Municipality, having assisted the Beijing Municipal Government in shaping smart-city policy, regulation and evaluation systems. Chen was a visiting senior fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore in 2019. He served as president of the Institute of Smart City Research at the ZTE Corporation 2016-2019 and an advisor to the ZTE Strategy Committee. He played a leading role in designing smart-city projects in Beijing Sub-center, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Gwadar (Pakistan), and Frankfurt. He completed his PhD under a joint program between Dalian University of Technology and Cornell University, which was sponsored by the China Scholarship Council. He finished his post-doctoral research on the China-US geo-tech competition under a joint program between Peking University and Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Articles by Chen Xi


The China-US Technological Competition and its Opportunity Costs

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The US-China trade dispute is much more than a battle over a US$420 billion deficit, what the tensions are really about is a race for “geo-technological” superiority.


Resolving the China-US Competition and the Greater Global Challenge

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Any accelerated decoupling of the US and Chinese economies will have serious implications for their trading, technology and financial partners.


What’s Next for the US-China Tech War

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The real challenge lies not in the clash between the two major powers but inside the US, which must tackle widening social inequality.


A Framework for Supervision of Global Internet Technology: Potential for China-US Collaboration

Thursday, January 21, 2021

While the geopolitical-technological (geo-tech) competition between the US and China will continue, the change of administration in Washington offers new opportunities.


Chip Wars and Decoupling: China and the US’s Semiconductor Plays

Thursday, June 3, 2021

In the long run, the impact on China will be limited.


The China-US Geo-Tech Competition: State of Play 2022

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Assessing the enormous challenges for the world’s two biggest economies as they focus on shoring up their global competitiveness.


China’s Smart City Transformation: Data Commercialization is Key

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Data commercialization could improve total factor productivity and tackle political, economic and social challenges resulting from the slowdown of growth.