Tycho de Feijter

Research Associate
Associates are experts in their own field and contractually affiliated with Clingendael. Although associates are not employees of the Clingendael Institute, they comply with all policies that Clingendael staff do.


  • Defence
  • New Silk Road
  • China


  • Asia

Tycho de Feijter is a China-expert specialized in defence and in the automotive industry. He studied law in Amsterdam and Beijing, graduating with a thesis on China’s accession to the WTO. In 2003, Tycho moved to China and stayed for 16 years, traveling to every corner of the country. He worked at the Dutch Embassy in Beijing, first for the Economic & Commercial department and then for the Defence Department. In 2014 he founded an independent consultancy focused on the Chinese and South East Asian automotive sector. After returning to the Netherlands in 2019, Tycho worked for a tech startup before joining Clingendael in 2020. He is a contributor to the Silk Road Headlines newsletter. He writes about tanks on Twitter and about cars on Facebook.

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