Dr. Sheng Peng

Dr. Sheng Peng

Research interests: 

  • Cold War History
  • Modern Chinese Intellectual History
  • History of Technology Transfer
  • European-Chinese Relations in the late 20th century

Current research project:

Making a New World? China and the end of the European Cold War, 1979-1991.

This project will shed light on the untold story of China’s attempt to shape the emerging American-European-led liberal international order by being an active player in the last stage of the European Cold War, when China, through historical reconciliations, technology transfer, economic and public diplomacy, attempted to make Chinese-European relations a major pillar of the post-Cold War multi-polar world order. Those actions not only changed the outcome of the European Cold War itself, but also raised the inevitable question of whether or not China could remain a potential leader of the liberal global world order without being a liberal state itself.


“A Gentleman's Understanding: British, French, and German dual-use Technology transfer to China and America’s Dilemma: 1978-1981,” Diplomacy & Statecraft, March 2021, Issue 32, No. 1.