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Political history of China, Chinese International Relations, Global Environmental Policy

Full Biography

Eli J. Patton is a program assistant and researcher for the China Environment Forum where he helps to manage weekly blog posts for CEF's column on NewSecurityBeat along with overseeing our major publications.

His current research focus is on the rapidly changing energy sector in China. Eli's past research has covered ocean plastic waste, China's distant fishing fleet, and knock-on effects from BRI and BRI-adjacent investments.

Mr. Patton completed his MA in Asian Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where his academic research centered on the international political economy of China and the history of the CCP. His undergraduate studies were in linguistics and Mandarin and he lived in Taiwan where he worked as a journalist.

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