Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies
- Chinese energy and raw materials policy
- Geopolitics and political economy of Asia
- U.S.-China and Europe-China relations
- Geopolitics of the energy and digital transitions
- Chinese industrial strategy and foreign policy
- Critical raw materials (esp. Rare Earth Elements)
- Technical standardization
John Seaman specializes in the geopolitics and political economy of East Asia and on China’s relations with Europe and the United States. He also conducts research on China's industrial strategy and foreign policy, the geopolitics of the energy and digital transitions, and the political economy of critical raw materials.
Mr. Seaman joined Ifri in 2009. He holds a Master in International Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris, a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics from Seattle University, and studied as a NSEP David L. Boren Scholar at the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies (2002-03). He was an International Research Fellow with Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) in Tokyo (2013-18).
From a China strategy to no strategy at all: Exploring the diversity of European approaches A report of the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC), July 2023
While there is now new momentum in the relationship between Europe and China, considerable variation remains in approaches across the continent, from clear-cut strategies to more ambiguous policies, complicating a common European position.
China’s Weaponization of Gallium and Germanium: The Pitfalls of Leveraging Chokepoints Briefings de l'Ifri, July 27, 2023
China’s recent announcement of raw material export controls highlights important pitfalls of weaponized interdependence and demonstrates that not all chokepoints are created equal.
As French President Emmanuel Macron (accompanied by Ursula von der Leyen) is on a state visit to China, some twenty Ifri researchers decipher the stakes of the U.S./China/Europe strategic triangle.
Dependence in Europe's Relations with China: Weighing Perceptions and Reality A report of the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC), April 2022
The idea that Europe has grown dependent on China is now a common refrain, but just how is this notion understood in capitals across the continent?
Towards a more China-centred Global Economy? Implications for Chinese Power in the Age of Hybrid Threats Hybrid CoE Paper, no. 9, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, November 2021
An era of hyper globalization is giving way to an age of geoeconomics wherein China seeks a decisive seat at the table.
In recent years, the People's Republic of China's policy towards Taiwan has become increasingly aggressive.
China's Soft Power in Europe: Falling on Hard Times A report of the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC), April 2021
Analysis from 17 countries and EU institutions reveals that Chinese soft power in Europe – defined as the ability to influence preferences through attraction or persuasion – has seen better days.
Technology Strategies in China and the United States, and the Challenges for European Companies Etudes de l'Ifri, October 2020
As international relations are increasingly reorganized around the US-China rivalry, the tensions between these two great powers are shaping a growing number of sectors, and the exchange of sensitive technologies in particular. This is a critical issue for European companies today. <...>
Ambitious New Climate Goals Shouldn't Let China off the Hook Lettre du Centre Asie, No. 86, September 30, 2020
Xi Jinping’s announcement of carbon neutrality is impeccably timed, but the hard part lies ahead.
Covid-19 in Europe-China Relations: A country-level analysis Special Report of the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC), 29 April 2020
Analysis from 19 countries reveals the complexities of Europe’s relations with China amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Asia after the War in Ukraine: Re-imagining multilateralism and the risk of high-intensity conflict (video replay)
Annual conference of Ifri's Center for Asian Studies. The war in Ukraine has marked the return of high-intensity conflict in Europe and represents a profound, structural shift in the region’s strategic environment. It also takes place against a backdrop of a decades-long...
China wants its diplomats to show more fighting spirit. It may not be intended to win over the rest of the world
The rise of the so-called ‘wolf warriors’ heralds a more aggressive approach to promoting the country’s official line. Analysts warn this is likely to harm the country’s image even if their careers benefit as a result.
Critics fear Germany could put European unity on the line. Angela Merkel will have to tread carefully on her visit to China this week to avoid tripping over Hong Kong and stepping on Germany’s car industry. Angela Merkel will have to tread carefully on her visit to China this week to...
Growing tensions between China and the United States over the escalating trade dispute – and the resulting global uncertainty – are forcing other countries to choose between the two economic superpowers.
John Seaman answers questions from the China Daily on the recently concluded negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and their consequences for China and for Europe....
While China may be setting the bar high for itself in it's commitments for the COP21 climate negotiations this December, these ultimately serve to foster necessary progress on environmental issues and economic...
L'empire du Milieu est-il sur le point de relâcher la pression sur le marché stratégique des terres rares ? C'est ce que pourrait laisser penser l'annonce du gouvernement chinois, mercredi 22 août, d'augmenter ses quotas d'exportation de ces dix-sept métaux indispensables...