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Welcome to the CEFC

Paul Jean-Ortiz, 1957-2014

Paul Jean-Ortiz, the Quai d’Orsay’s star sinologist and the diplomatic advisor to the President of the Republic’s, passed away during the night of the 30th to the 31st July. It is a sad day for the CEFC for, without his tireless action and his ability to convince, our centre would never have seen the light of day.
Paul Jean-Ortiz arrived in China in 1981 to study at Beida. He stayed on as a press Attaché at the French Embassy before becoming a tenured diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the 1980s, he befriended the poets and painters of the Democracy Wall, the Scar literature writers; dinners at this very special diplomat’s home provided them with unforgettable opportunities to discuss the situation of China and the great debates in the global literature and art scenes. He never balked at doing everything possible to help them understand the world, at a time when China was just emerging from years of isolation. A great connoisseur of Chinese society who perfectly mastered the language and culture of a country he loved, he was also a man of conviction who never hesitated to put his career at stake to enforce the principles he believed in. The sadness expressed by Chinese human rights defenders, pro-democracy activists, and writers shows the importance of his action. That a diplomat reaches such an understanding of the society of a country he has worked in is quite rare. Paul was one of these, and he was also convinced that the existence of free research on Chinese society, culture, and politics mattered.
Today, we have lost a man who not only has played a decisive part in the creation of the CEFC, but who has supported it throughout its history. Personally, I have lost an indispensable partner who, during our extended discussions, forced me to deepen my reflexion on the Chinese political system, and has made me understand the dilemmas diplomats are confronted with. Last, but not least, I have lost a friend.

Jean-Philippe Béja



The French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) is a publicly funded research institute, part of the network of the 27 French research centres abroad supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the CNRS.



The Centre

  • The only independent European Research Centre in China entirely devoted to the study of contemporary China.
  • A public research institute, the CEFC is jointly funded by the French Foreign Ministry and National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), with a mission to study the political, economic, social, and cultural developments in Greater China.
  • Established in 1991, the Centre is based in Hong Kong, with a branch office in Taipei since 1994, as well as individual researchers based in mainland China.
  • Statutory researchers are either posted to the CEFC by the CNRS or appointed by the Scientific Board of the French Research Institutes in Asia convened by the Foreign Ministry, but the CEFC also hosts researchers from any European institution. A strong network of researchers who have previously worked in the Centre covers a large spectrum of disciplines within the social sciences and the humanities.
  • The Centre actively promotes doctoral research by funding mobility grants and hosting the awardees in the Centre.
  • The CEFC regularly organises Research Seminars and International Conferences.
  • The CEFC is closely linked with academic and intellectual networks in China thanks to its cooperation agreements with local institutions in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, and the PRC, as well as a network of associate researchers in these institutions.

The CEFC was founded by Michel Bonnin, who became its first director (1991-1998), followed by Jean-Pierre Cabestan (1998-2003), Gilles Guiheux (2003-2006) and Jean-François Huchet (2006-2011). Sebastian Veg is currently the director.

China Perspectives is an academic journal, established in 1995, devoted to all aspects of the study of contemporary China.

  • An academic journal:
    • endowed with an Editorial Board of internationally recognised experts in all areas of the social sciences;
    • all submissions are blindly reviewed by two anonymous external referees;
    • indexed in 7 international databases (including IPSA and BAS);
    • ranked by the French Agency for the Evaluation of Research (AERES) in Political Science, Sociology/demography, and Anthropology.
  • In a readable format:
    • as a multidisciplinary journal, China Perspectives aims to make recent and original research accessible beyond disciplinary boundaries;
    • using a variety of approaches, the journal covers the areas of politics, economics, social, and cultural developments in contemporary China;
    • a quarterly publication, the journal remains reactive to current events while maintaining the distance necessary to academic research;
    • published in Hong Kong, the journal is close to the field and endeavours to publish ground-breaking work by Chinese scholars.
  • A bilingual publication:
    • China Perspectives also appears in French under the title Perspectives chinoises;
    • all articles written in one language are translated into the other;
    • the content of both versions is strictly identical.
  • Structured in four sections:
    • a special feature coordinated by an expert on the topic, which is approached through a collection of varied articles. Several special features have proven particularly popular over the years, such as those on China’s entry into WTO, the 10th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong, the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen movement, and the Deadlock in Tibet;
    • research articles devoted to all aspects of contemporary China;
    • current affairs: research notes on recent news articles or academic publications providing background on current events and discussions in China;
    • book reviews of recent publications as well as longer review essays of important works tracking the latest developments in the field of research.




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