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In 2017, Secretary General Xi Jinping said: "This is an era that will see China move closer to the center of the world stage". The People's Republic of China is indeed at a pivotal moment in its history, gradually acquiring all the components of power and competing with, if not surpassing, the major world powers. This new status is challenging the global balance of power, raising questions and awakening fears. The European Union and its member states are seeking to adapt their position vis-à-vis China, to face its new diplomatic assertiveness, the rise of its military and technological capacities, and to deal with the Sino-American rivalry. However, since Beijing's international policy cannot be dissociated from its domestic context, it is also necessary to analyze the internal political dynamics that dictate foreign policy choices.

Through its research activities, Ifri's Center for Asian Studies aims to provide a better understanding of contemporary China and its position on the world stage.

Françoise NICOLAS

Senior Research Fellow and Director of Ifri's Center for Asian Studies

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John SEAMAN

Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies

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Marc JULIENNE
Research Fellow, Head of China Research, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri
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Claude MEYER

Senior Advisor, Center for Asian Studies

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25/04/2022
By: John SEAMAN, Francesca GHIRETTI, Lucas ERLBACHER, Xiaoxue MARTIN, Miguel OTERO-IGLESIAS, (eds.) with , Marie KRPATA

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? 

15/04/2022

The second round of the French presidential election on April 24 will decide whether Emmanuel Macron, the incumbent president, or Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far right nationalist party Rassemblement national (national gathering), will become president of the French Republic for the next...

08/03/2022
By: Konstantinas ANDRIJAUSKAS

The year 2021 marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Lithuania. Instead of commemorative events and customary lofty rhetoric, the bilateral relationship rapidly plunged to a level rarely seen in either country’s foreign policies...

07/12/2021

As the world’s center of gravity has shifted to Asia, the European Union must also be present in the region. In particular, it must develop its relations with Asian countries that have long been neglected to the sole benefit of China -- namely India, but above all the countries of Southeast...

17/11/2021
By: Jean-Pierre CABESTAN, Elisa DOMINGUES DOS SANTOS, Zhao Alexandre HUANG, Philippe LE BILLON, Thierry VIRCOULON

China and Africa have enjoyed a strong relationship since the wave of African independences in the 1960s. Nevertheless, relations between China and Africa have significantly expanded since the late 1990s and have been fueled by a growing discourse centered on a “win-win” partnership between...

29/09/2021

For anyone who still harbored doubts, Washington made crystal clear from the announcement of the new trilateral alliance with Australia and the UK (AUKUS) that countering China is its number one priority, and that it will do whatever it takes to succeed. Much has been said about the...

22
Sep
2022
Thursday 22 September 2022
from 09:00 to 17:00 - Conférences

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...

09
Nov
2021
Tuesday 09 November 2021 to Wednesday 10 November 2021
from Tuesday 9 November 2021 09:15 to Wednesday 10 November 2021 12:30 - Videoconferences

The era of hyper globalization is now transforming into an age of geoeconomics, where trade and economic relations are increasingly conditioned by national security concerns. What impact will this shift have on the regional trade architecture and economic strategies in East Asia?  <...>

25
Oct
2021
Monday 25 October 2021 to Tuesday 26 October 2021
from Monday 25 October 2021 14:00 to Tuesday 26 October 2021 12:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Since 1983, the QUAD gathers every year, the SWP, RAND Corporation, Chatham House and Ifri. The QUAD was set up during the Euromissile crisis and brings together European and American diplomats, military officers, journalists and research fellow to debate on current geopolitical issues.<...>

30
Sep
2021
Thursday 30 September 2021
from 09:30 to 10:45 - Videoconferences

The United States is the linchpin of Taiwan’s security. Under Donald Trump’s presidency, as tensions with the People’s Republic of China grew, the US increasingly took steps to signal ever more clearly its commitment to supporting and defending Taiwan, a trend that seems to have continued...

19
May
2021
Wednesday 19 May 2021
from 09:00 to 10:30 - Videoconferences

President Xi has surprised both the world and Chinese stakeholders in announcing the carbon neutrality objective by 2060. Yet the first announcements on China’s new Five Year Plan give little hope for a substantial policy adjustment in order to peak greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years...

07
Apr
2021
Wednesday 07 April 2021
from 10:00 to 12:00 - Videoconferences

As part of the Central and Southern Africa Observatory, a research partnership between Ifri's Sub-Saharan Africa Center and the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy (DGRIS) of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, Ifri is hosting a series of three research webinars...

23/09/2021
By: Laurence NARDON, quoted by Mary Ellen Cagnassola in Newsweek

Recent months have seen the United States and its allies step up their assertiveness toward China, with support voiced for Taiwan, a new deal to provide Australia with nuclear submarines and a new European strategy for increased presence in the Indo-Pacific, according to the Associated Press.<...>

01/05/2020
By: David, an article on Newsweek about the ETNC report published by Ifri in collaboration with the experts of 21 european think tanks

A prominent French think tank has warned that China's so-called "mask diplomacy" amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic threatens to further exacerbate divisions within the European Union, with Beijing tailoring its approach to suit different nations. The French Institute of...