Vera Kranenburg is a staff member of the LeidenAsiaCentre and works on the Belt and Road Research Platform.

Vera recently graduated with a master’s degree in China Studies: Politics and International Relations from the Yenching Academy of Peking University. Her thesis focused on the Securitization of China in Europe. During her studies she also interned at the Clingendael China Centre in The Hague and the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin. Vera is also the co-editor of the European Think-tank Network on China’s recent report “China’s Soft Power in Europe: Falling on Hard Times” and writes the Silk Road Headlines Newsletter published by the Clingendael Institute.

Vera graduated previously with a BA (Honours) in World Politics from Leiden University College, The Hague. She also completed a minor focused on Asian Studies at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Her BA thesis focused on ASEAN-China relations and the South China Sea. After graduation she was awarded a scholarship to study Mandarin Chinese in Taipei for six months.

Research Interests

  • Belt and Road Initiative / Connectivity
  • Indo-Pacific Security
  • Chinese Foreign Policy
  • EU-China relations
  • Southeast Asian politics


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