Didi Kirsten Tatlow

Senior Fellow, Asia Program

Areas of Expertise

  • China, Hong Kong, Taiwan
  • Technology transfer
  • Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
  • Cultural politics


English, German, Chinese


Email: tatlow@af.dgap.org

Didi Kirsten Tatlow has been a senior fellow of DGAP’s Asia Program since October 2019. Her work will focus on China, particularly its relations with Europe and technology transfer, as well as on China’s relations with Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Previously, Tatlow was a fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin, where she published studies on China’s education system and the historical roots of current policy-making by the CCP.

Tatlow worked as a journalist in Asia and Europe for 23 years, most recently as correspondent and columnist for the New York Times in Beijing from 2010 to 2017. Her articles focused on China, politics, society, gender, women’s and children’s rights issues, and Chinese-European relations. She is co-editor of a book on China and technology transfer, which is due to be published in 2020.

Born in Hong Kong, Tatlow holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese and Politics from the School of Oriental Studies, University of London.



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Selected Publications

Germany’s Preliminary 5G Decision
Limiting Damage and Learning Lessons
by Kaan Sahin, Didi Kirsten Tatlow
DGAPkompakt 21 (November 2019), 6 pp.
Germany’s Preliminary 5G Decision
Despite the security concerns of the US, EU, and Australia, Germany plans not to exclude any telecom equipment vendors, including Chinese companies such as Huawei, from its 5G network. This stance reflects a narrow view of the issue that prioritizes short-term economic interests and fails to uphold national security and democratic values. Widespread criticism, including from within the government, shows that political decision-makers in Germany need a more sophisticated, forward-looking approach to 5G.
Category: Information Technology, Germany