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OCAS 2100 - China as a New Player in Global Governance

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

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

  • Jacques Gernet (on line reading) = A history of Chinese civilization (more specifically (in French : “le Monde chinois”) - Pp 90-93 : origins of the Chinese state, - Pp 158-195 : Han dynasty and relations with the rest of the known world, - Pp 529-633 : Modern China, decline, fading out of the world scene, relations with the West
  • François Godement : Contemporary China : from Mao to capitalism, Rowan and Littlefield, 2015 (in French “Que veut la Chine ?”, Odile Jacob)
  • “China perspectives” 2016/2 : what kind of order does China want ?
  • The Economist, “How the West got China wrong” March, 6th, 2018 issue.
  • Pierre Grosser chez Odile Jacob : « L'histoire du monde se fait en Asie »

Plans de cours et bibliographies

Session 1: 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)

Session 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) + China’ internal governance and social responsibility.

Session 3: China’s religious landscape

Required readings:

  • Gernet : see syllabus

Suggested readings:

  • 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:

  • China perspectives (see syllabus)

Suggested Readings:

  • Ming Wan : The AIIB : the construction of power and the struggle for international order in South East Asia, Palgrave Mc Millan ed.

Session 5 and 6: China and significant international issues: South China Sea, Korean peninsula, Syria

Required readings:

  • David Shambaugh : Power shift », University of California Press, 2007.
  • “The united nations of China”, China Analysis (ECFR edit.), 2018
  • Asia Trends (Asia Centre’s publication, issue 3, spring 2018) : China and the US (first section)

Suggested Readings:

  • (available in French only) : Jean-Pierre Cabestan, « Taiwan-Chine, l’impossible réunification »

Session 7: China and international monetary issues :

Required readings:

  • Jean-François DI MEGLIO « International spectator », 2014, Internationalization of the Chinese currency, ACT II

Session 8: « One belt one road » : the initiative’s reach beyond usual understanding

Required readings:

Additional reading :

  • Jean-Paul Larcon : The New Silk Roads China meets Europe in the Baltic sea (World scientific)
  • Natixis research : The belt and road project as long as one can finance it (Alicia Garcia-Herrero)

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

Additional reading :

Session 10: China and International Capital Flows

Required readings:

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

Required readings:

  • Chinese Multinationals, World scientific, Jean-Paul Larcon and all.

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” (2017)