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OCAS 2100 - China as a New Player in Global Governance

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Voir les plans de cours et bibliographies


A good mastering of main issues at stake in contemporary international relations. Some ideas about the historical and recent developments in Asia's political landscape. Appetite for prospective thinking. Educational level Master 1 an absolute prerequisite.

Course Description

The teaching will basically enable the students to come out with the main and necessary elements to assess width and size of China's ambitions in reforming global governance both in terms of international relations as well as financial regulation. The idea is to define the best appropriate understanding of China's current and future stance (non-interventionism/influence/commitment and engagement in the global governance); The twelve sessions (2 hours) will each focus on a thematic approach and a specific angle to tackle the issues and refer to the most recent developments in international relations as well as examples/cases. Also, references to the theories of international relations will be made to use China not only as a field of investigation but as a “tool” to better understand stakes and behaviours in a “multipolar” world. The teaching will be a mix between recap of recent history of People's republic of China, study of issues both in terms of governance and international relations and more practical approach and case studies with scenario-building where participation by students will be highly important.


DI MEGLIO, Jean-François (Formateur)

Course validation

A short dissertation (individual write-up, limited time, 3 or 4 hours) will be requested by the end of the term. Additional elements provided by students not required but welcome (group or individual presentation in a short timeframe, participation in debates) and will contribute on an optional basis to final assessment.


Attendance to teachings absolutely indispensable. Rest of workload left to each student's assessment but obviously assessed as sufficient or not when evaluation time comes.

Required reading

« On China », Heny Kissinger Penguin Press HC, 2011

Additional required reading

Pierre Grosser chez Odile Jacob : « L'histoire du monde se fait en Asie »

Plans de cours et bibliographies

Session 1 & 2: General introduction to historical background and general landscapes and issues at stake (China international policies, Chinese theories of international relations, quick review of Chinese positioning and action in the international field since the founding of PRC)
Required readings:

  • Kissinger (see above), Mark Leonard, « What does China think ? » (Fourth Estate ed., 2010), “Que veut la Chine ?” François Godement, Odile Jacob, 2014, Dominique Moïsi : « La géopolitique de l’émotion » Champs actuel,2015

Session 3: China’ internal governance and social responsibility. China’s religious landscape
Required readings:

  • Joris Zylbermann/Mathieu Duchâtel « les nouveaux communistes chinois », Armand Colin, 2012, Benoît Vermander « Corporate Social Responsibility in China: A Vision, an Assessment and a Blueprint » World Scientific, Singapore, 2014

Session 4: China and global institutions, China and China-inspired new institutions, AIIB, NDB, SCO, China’s positioning in trade discussions and TPP.
Required readings:

  • Mondes, les cahiers du Quai d’Orsay”: de nouveaux grands pays émergents, 2011

Suggested Readings:

  • Patrick Messerlin, Jinghui Wang. The EU Trade Policy Towards China. 2008. <hal-01066158

Session 5: China and significant international
Required readings:

  • David Shambaugh : Power shift », University of California Press, 2007.

Suggested Readings:

  • Jean-Pierre Cabestan, « Taiwan-Chine, l’impossible réunification », IFRI,

Session 6: China and new financial governance and rules
Required readings:

  • Claude Meyer : « la Chine, banquier du monde », Fayard, 2015, J.-F. DI MEGLIO, « International spectator », 2014, Internationalization of the Chinese currency, ACT II

Session 7: « One belt one road »
Required readings:

Session 8: China-US relation/confrontation
Required readings:

  • Cercle Turgot : « Chinamerique » ; Eyrolles, 2014

Session 9: EU China relations and « market economy status » as a case study
Required readings:

  • François Godement, Mark Leonard : EU-China relations : a power audit, ECFR, 2008

Suggested Readings:

  • Patrick Messerlin, Jinghui Wang. The EU Trade Policy Towards China. 2008. <hal-01066158

Session 10: China and International Capital Flows
Required readings:

  • Jean-François DI MEGLIO, Jacques Gravereau « les investissements chinois en Europe », Géoéconomie, 2014

Session 11: The Emergence of Chinese Multinationals : a comparison with Japanese, US and European MNC’s
Required readings:

  • Jean-Paul Larçon : « les,multinationales chinoises », ESKA, 2011

Session 12: Wrap-up and Prospective Scenarios for 2025 and onwards
Required readings:

  • Creative writing by students

Biographical information

Jean-François DI MEGLIO is an alumnus of Ecole normale supérieure (Ulm) and of Beijing University. He has conducted a twin career as a financier and an academic with more than 25 years as a banker involved in Asian deals and a 7-year presence on the ground in Greater China and an abundant writing and editing activity both within and out of Asia Centre, which he co-founded in 2005 and has been chairing since 2009. His most recent books (co-edited at Routledge’s) are “China and the global financial crisis : a comparison with Europe” (2012) and “China’s energy security : a multidimensional approach” (2016).