Ties Dams is a Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute. His research focuses on China’s geopolitical strategy and European responses to it. In 2018 he published the first Dutch language monograph on the life and rule of president Xi Jinping. It quickly became a bestseller. He frequently appears on radio and TV as a geopolitical expert. Ties was educated as a political theorist in Utrecht, Xiamen, Hongkong and London.