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Beijing / China - March 13th 2014: The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, top leadership of the Communist Party of China at a session in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing
Beijing / China - March 13th 2014: The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, top leadership of the Communist Party of China at a session in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing

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.

Marc JULIENNE
Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri
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John SEAMAN

Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies

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Françoise NICOLAS

Senior Advisor, Center for Asian Studies

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07/05/2024

In adapting to growing geopolitical competition over digital technology, the EU and the UK are striving for economic security and technological sovereignty. European policies focus on reducing critical over-dependencies on China. This de-risking is a necessary process of adaptation to the new...

29/04/2024

Germany is dependent on its ports for the smooth running of its open economic model and has benefited from globalization in recent decades when the internationalization of its value chains strengthened its competitiveness. Yet, with today’s hardening geopolitics, the vulnerabilities of Europe...

19/01/2024

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.

09/01/2024

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...

20
Oct
2023
Friday 20 October 2023
from 09:30 to 17:00 - Conférences

Annual Conference of Ifri's Center for Asian and Indo-Pacific Studies. As strategic competition becomes an increasingly dominant feature of the international system today, the “de-risking” of interdependent economic ties has emerged as a new mantra for managing geopolitical uncertainty.

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...

07/12/2023
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...

02/11/2023
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...