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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


Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies

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

Senior Advisor, Center for Asian Studies


In the week following Trump’s election, Ifri published a study to identify the likely changes in U.S. foreign policy. From the outset, this election appeared as a change in the U.S.’ trajectory, with consequences on the power relations and functioning of the international system.


The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) brings a dimensional shift in the two countries' relations at a time of significant geopolitical change. But while it promises wide-ranging benefits for infrastructure development and economic growth in Pakistan, a number of important challenges...


More than three years have already passed since China’s new silk roads were launched by President Xi Jinping. When he first mentioned the idea in an autumn 2013 speech in Kazakhstan, questions quickly emerged on the meaning of this general concept, which soon became widely promoted through a...

By: Jérôme HENRY

The reason for the deployment of a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) “anti-piracy task force” in the Gulf of Aden (GoA), a key area for the Chinese economy, was obvious in 2008. However, as the pirate activity has faded away since 2012, the objectives of the PLAN in GoA became unclear.&nbsp...

Thursday 29 September 2011
from 09:00 to 10:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Seminar with Jiang Shixue, Vice President of the Chinese Association of Latin American Studies and Research Director at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and R. Evan Ellis, Assistant Professor, Center for Hemispheric Defence Studies, NDU,...

Wednesday 12 May 2010
from 09:30 to 11:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

This seminar is organized around Dr. Zhang Li, Professor in the Institute of South Asian Studies at Sichuan University in Chengdu and expert on China-South Asia connections and Chinese neighborhood diplomacy, and Dr. Jabin Jacob, Research Fellow at the...

Tuesday 09 February 2010
from 08:30 to 10:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

The China Program of the Asia Centre Ifri is please to welcome Dr. Kun-Chin LIN, Lecturer at the King's China Institute of King's College in London, Professor at National University of Singapore and in charge of a collaborative research project with the Chinese Academy of...