Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

Research Interests:
  • China's foreign policy: China and its neighborhood, EU-China, China-US, China-Russia relations
  • Taiwan: cross-strait relations, risk assement, domestique policy
  • China's defense and security policy: reforms of the PLA, military modernization, nuclear deterrence
  • China's domestic policy: CPC's trajectory, economy, security apparatus
  • Space: Chinese and Taiwanese programs



Marc Julienne is Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri). He mainly focuses on China’s foreign and security policy, as well as on strategic issues. He has a PhD in political science and international relations from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO, Paris), where he now teaches international relations in Northeast Asia (Master’s Degree in International Relations).

Prior to joining Ifri in 2020 as Head of China Research, he was a Research Fellow at the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS, Paris) for four years. He was an associate PhD candidate at the Strategic Research Institute of the Ecole militaire (IRSEM, 2016–2019) and a Research Fellow at the Asia Center (Paris). He was also a Visiting Fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS, Berlin, 2015), at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS, Shanghai, 2017), as well as at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research (INDSR, Taipei, 2023).

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In only three decades, China has become one of the world’s top space powers. At the turn of the 2020s, almost suddenly, China became the main challenger to the US, although with a significant remaining gap to bridge.


On January 13th the young Taiwanese democracy will hold its 8th presidential election since direct universal suffrage began in 1996. The same day, the people of Taiwan will elect a new Parliament – the Legislative Yuan – which will start its term on February 1st. President Tsai Ingwen’s second...

By: Bernhard BARTSCH, Claudia WESSLING, (eds.) with , Marc JULIENNE, John SEAMAN

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.


While French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to China is viewed by some to be an exercise in stirring the pot, this does not mean that the European boat has veered off course. The EU is used to robust debate among and within member states, and can take this as another opportunity to...


In April 2021, the Chinese government officially, but rather quietly, established a new state-owned enterprise (SOE) named China SatNet. Its mission: build out China’s “mega-constellation” program for low Earth orbiting internet satellites, known as Guowang (“national network”).

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By: Marc JULIENNE, quoted by Mailys Pene-Lassus and Zoe Frechin-Pollard in Nikkei Asia

PM Meloni makes move after calculating that membership failed to yield benefits.Italy's decision to pull out of China's Belt and Road Initiative has placed a spotlight on the relationship between the two countries and comes at an awkward time for Beijing, a day ahead of a summit it is holding...

By: Marc JULIENNE, quoted by Mailys Pene-Lassus in Nikkei Asia 

Ship-to-shore cranes tower high above choppy waters and colorful containers on the Ligurian coast of northern Italy. Sailors coming in to dock are greeted with a smorgasbord of transportation industry names and logos, from Denmark's Maersk to Taiwan's Evergreen. Harder to spot is COSCO, the...