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Jean-Pierre Cabestan is a Senior Researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), attached to the French Research Institute on East Asia (IFRAE) of the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations. Prior to September 2021, he was Chair Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University, where he also headed the department from 2007 to 2018. In addition, he was an Associate Research Fellow at the Asia Centre, Paris and at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China in Hong Kong. From 1998 to 2003, he was Director of the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (Centre d'études français sur la Chine contemporaine, CEFC) in Hong Kong and chief editor of Perspectives chinoises and China Perspectives. From 1994 to 1998, he was director of the Taipei Office of the CEFC. From 1990 to 1991, he was a lecturer at the Politics Department of the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Jean-Pierre’s most recent publications include La politique internationale de la Chine. Entre intégration et volonté de puissance, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2010 (updated second edition published in 2015); China and the Global Financial Crisis: A Comparison with Europe, New York, Routledge, 2012 (co-edited with Jean-François Di Meglio & Xavier Richet); Secessionism and Separatism in Europe and Asia. To have a state of one’s own (co-edited with Aleksandar Pavkovic), Routledge, Oxon & New York, 2013; Le système politique chinois. Un nouvel équilibre autoritaire (The Chinese Political System. A New Authoritarian Equilibrium), Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2014; Political Changes in Taiwan Under Ma Ying-jeou. Partisan Conflict, Policy Choices, External Constraints and Security Challenges. (co-edited with Jacques deLisle), Abingdon, Oxon & New York, Routledge, 2014; Tanzania-China All-Weather Friendship in the Era of Multipolarity, (with Jean-Raphaël Chaponnière), Saarbrücken, Lambert Academic Publishing, 2017; Demain la Chine: démocratie ou dictature? (China Tomorrow: Democracy or Dictatorship?), Paris, Gallimard, 2018 (Guizot Prize 2019), translated into English, updated and published under the titled China Tomorrow: Democracy or Dictatorship?, Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield, 2019 and Demain la Chine: guerre ou paix? (China Tomorrow: War or Peace?), Paris, Gallimard, 2021. He has also published numerous articles and contributions in English on China's political system and reform, Chinese law, relations across the Taiwan Strait, and Taiwanese politics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne).