The COVID-19 crisis has made clear the importance of resilient supply chains and effective economic security.
Asia is now a nerve center for global economic activity and a theatre of some of the most critical political and security developments of our time. The Center for Asian Studies provides documented expertise and a platform of discussion on Asian issues that seeks to accompany decision makers and explain and contextualize developments in the region for the sake of a larger public dialogue.
Ifri's Center for Asian Studies’ research is organized along three major axes: regionalism and intra-regional relationships in Asia; relations between Asia’s major powers (China, Japan, India) and the rest of the world; and internal political, economic and social dynamics of Asian countries. This research focuses primarily on China, India and Japan, but also increasingly covers the Korean peninsula and Southeast Asia.
The Center organizes closed-door roundtables, expert-level seminars and a number of public events, including an Annual Conference, that welcome experts from Asia, Europe and the United States. The Center’s researchers regularly participate in international conferences, particularly in Asia. Their work, as well as that of their partners, is regularly published in the Center’s electronic journal Asie.Visions.
Promoting political values (democracy, human rights and the rule of law) in China is a colossal undertaking, but the EU could be more effective than we think. To do so, it must act strategically, in unity, and in concert with like-minded partners. It must also strengthen its record of...
Current and Future Trends in Chinese Counterspace Capabilities Proliferation Papers, No. 62, November 2020
China is in the midst of a long-term effort to develop a world-class space program with a strong military and national security component.
French public opinion on China in the age of COVID-19: Political distrust trumps economic opportunities « Sinophore Borderlands Europe Survey », Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic, 2020
This report is a result of a wide-scale study of public opinion on China in 13 European countries,1 conducted in September and October 2020, on the research sample representative with respect to gender, age, level of education, country region, and settlement density. Here, we focus on the...
A Democratic tour de force: How the Korean State Successfully Limited the Spread of COVID-19 Asie.Visions, No. 117, November 2020
While the COVID-19 pandemic is still greatly affecting most of the world, the Republic of Korea has managed to stall the spread of the disease.
European public opinion on China in the age of COVID-19: Differences and common ground across the continent « Sinophore Borderlands Europe Survey », Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic, 2020
In September and October 2020, the Sinophone Borderlands project at Palacký University Olomouc conducted a wide-scale survey of public opinion on China in 13 European countries. The polled countries include: Czechia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia,...
On 21 July 2020, French Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire participated remotely in the High Level Economic and Financial Dialogue with Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua.
Should We Forget about the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor? Lettre du Centre Asie, No. 87, October 19, 2020
The Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC), an Indian-Japanese collaborative vision regarding development, connectivity and cooperation between Asia and Africa, was announced in 2017.
With the resignation of Prime Minister Abe, the future of Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy has been called into question. Abe was indeed one of the key architects of this vision<...>
Turkey-China Relations: Ambitions and Limits of the Economic Cooperation Asie.Visions, n° 116, octobre 2020
At first glance, China and Turkey have many interests to cooperate. The deployment of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Turkey's colossal investment and financing needs, as well as President Erdogan's mistrust of the West, appear as many converging interests. Yet economic cooperation...
President Moon launched the New Southern Policy as a key diplomatic initiative to strenghen the relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India.The comprehensive scheme is resting on the “three Ps” of People, Prosperity and Peace.
Conference/debate with Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Foreign Secretary of the Republic of India.
Debate chaired by Thomas Gomart, Director of Ifri.
A videoconference around Tomohiko Taniguchi, Former Special Adviser to the Cabinet of Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Abe’s primary foreign policy speechwriter.
Hosting mega sports events like the Olympics raises a variety of challenges.
The National Security Law that entered into force in Hong Kong on 30 June is a game changer for the city. How are Hong Kong's authorities adjusting? How might this impact Hong Kong's role as a bridge to China and a major international financial center?
Is it Time to Reassess EU-China Relations with Covid 19? Closed-door Seminar Series - German Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Before the Covid 19 crisis, the German presidency had set an ambitious agenda for EU-China relations, in particular with the prospect of an EU-China summit in Leipzig in September.
The Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) in Southeast Asia after COVID-19: Towards a New Deal? Les Jeudis de l'Ifri
A "Les Jeudis de l'Ifri" videoconference around Sophie BOISSEAU du ROCHER, Associate Research Fellow at Ifri's Center for Asian Studies.
Regional stability in East Asia is under increasingly heavy strain. As tensions rise between the United States and China, veering towards a fiercer strategic competition that extends well beyond the current trade war, the potential for US-China confrontation looms large.
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.
We were deeply saddened to learn that our friend and colleague, Professor Aileen S.P. Baviera from the University of the Philippines, passed away on March 21, 2020 due to complications resulting from the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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.
China’s ambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative is redefining China’s role in the world economy. With over $900 billion in investments covering more than 65% of the world’s population, OBOR aims to develop new markets, integrate far flung regions, and stabilize China’s borders. But as...
This Friday, April 27, the South Korean and North Korean leaders will meet in the demilitarized zone dividing their estranged countries to discuss improving relations and possibly even formally ending the Korean War, which has continued in the form of an often tense and fragile armistice since...