Promoting the Knowledge and Understanding of Chinese Politics in the International Community

GIS impact case study is based on underlying research conducted by Prof. Jean-Pierre Cabestan into Chinese politics and more specifically on the following themes: 1) Chinese domestic politics and institutions, with a particular interest in regime stability and resilience; 2) Chinese foreign and security policy, with a special focus on relations across the Taiwan Strait and Sino-American relations; 3) Sino-African Relations, with specific reference to China’s growing political and economic influence in Africa and China-Africa security cooperation.

Prof. Cabestan’s research has been nurtured by a 40 year-old relationship with the Chinese world (mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), and sustained by using first-hand and second-hand materials both in Chinese and in Western languages, as well as multiple interviews in China.

Prof. Cabestan has extensively published, mainly in English and in French but also in Chinese, books and scholarly articles on the three majors themes indicated above. His most recent major publications include China Tomorrow: Democracy or Dictatorship? (Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) and “China’s Military Base in Djibouti : A Microcosm of China’s Growing Competition with the United States and New Bipolarity”, Journal of Contemporary China, online 23 December 2019, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10670564.2019.1704994

Principal Investigator (PI) of three GRF obtained respectively in 2010, 2014 and 2018, Prof. Cabestan has involved other scholars and institutions in his research work, for example Dr. Jean-Raphaël Chaponnière, retired official of the Agence Française de Dévelopment (France’s Development Agency) for the project on China-Tanzania relations and Dr. Jean-Nicolas Bach, Coordinator, CEDEJ-Khartoum (Centre d’études et de documentation économiques et juridiques et sociales or Centre for Economic, Judicial, and Social Study and Documentation), a French government-funded research centre based in Khartoum, Sudan.

In terms of reach, Prof. Cabestan has been regularly has been interviewed by both Hong Kong and overseas media and consulted by various countries’ diplomatic missions in Hong Kong and China. The significance of the impact has taken the form of op-eds in leading English- and French-language newspapers as well as confidential advice and, occasionally, policy papers provided to various governments. Beneficiaries include the French, Canadian and Singaporean governments, the European Union and foreign diplomats in Hong Kong and Beijing. Prof. Cabestan has also taken part in think tanks activities specialized in Chinese politics, in Europe, China, Taiwan, Japan, Northern America and South Africa.