Éric Sautedé

Associate Researcher


Email: [email protected]


Independent researcher and general manager at Chinexperts
Lecturer (Part-time) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong [School of Journalism and Communication] and Hong Kong Baptist University [European Studies program].

Research fields

– Labour issues in Asia;
– Political sociology and electoral politics in Hong Kong and Macao SARs;
– Politics in China and Taiwan;
– Development of the Internet and artificial intelligence in China.



1993 M. Phil. in Political Science (Diplôme d’Études Avancées), Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po);
1992 M. A. in Political Science (Diplôme, major in international relations), Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po);
1990 Bachelor of Arts in History, Paris I – Sorbonne

Positions Held

2017-2020 Development director at China Labour Bulletin (CLB, Hong Kong);
2007-2014 Research coordinator and lecturer in politics at the University of Saint Joseph (Macao);
2003-2007 Research fellow and chief editor of Chinese Cross Currents at the Macau Ricci Institute (MRI), Macao SAR;
1994-2003 Research Fellow (1994-1996), and Taipei (1996-1999), researcher and chief editor of China Perspectives (1999-2003) at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC), Hong Kong.


“Internet in China,” Oxford Bibliographies, March 2021 (forthcoming).
“The Role of Catholic Organizations and Catholic Figures in the Rise of Civil Society in Macao,” with Emilie Tran, being reviewed, 2021.
“Politics undermine Macau’s diversification plans,” Oxford Analytica, Nov. 2020.
“Chômage en Chine: les chiffres de la discorde,” Médiapart, 27 Sep. 2020.
“Covid-19: en Chine et en Inde, les nouveaux damnés de la terre,” Médiapart, 28 June 2020.
“The Fatality of Dissent: Comparing the 2014 and 2019 Hong Kong Protests,” in Alessia Amighini ed., Between Politics and Finance: Hong Kong’s “Infinity War”?, Milan, Ledizioni—Italian Institute for International Political Studies, May 2020, pp. 43-56.
“Hong Kong : Raz-de-marée contre le régime de Pékin,” Le 1, No. 272, 13 Nov. 2019.
“The missing link : the lack of party politics in Macao and its consequences (A Summary),” in Eilo Yu Wing-Yat & Rufino Ramos (dir.), Macau-in-Coimbra—Highlights from the EACS ’14 Conference, Macao, Instituto Internacional de Macau, 2015, pp. 82-85.
“Macao Spring’s White T-shirt Movement,” in Sou Ka Hou ed., Che! Ni ji de ma? (Revoke! Do you still remember?), Hong Kong, Jiataogong publishing house, 2015, pp. 14-25.
“Internet, société civile et espace politique en Chine,” in Pierre-Antoine Chardel, Brigitte Frelat-Kahn & Jan Spurk (dir.), Espaces publics et reconstruction du politique, Paris, Presses des Mines, 2015, pp. 221-34.
“The Internet in China’s state-society relations: Will Goliath prevail in the chiaroscuro?,” China Information, SAGE, Vol. 27, No. 3, November 2013, pp. 53-72.
“La Chine dans le Pacifique Sud : tropisme, défiance et normalisation” (China in the South Pacific: attractiveness, defiance and normalisation), Hermès, No. 65, April 2013, pp. 72-5.
“Les réseaux sociaux numériques en Chine : une constellation de petits mondes” (Social networks in China: a constellation of small worlds), Hermès, No. 59, CNRS Éditions, 2011, pp. 151-8.
Co-coordinator of the special issue of Hermès on “Société Civile et Internet en Chine et en Asie orientale” (Civil society and the Internet in China and East Asia), No. 55, CNRS Éditions, 2009, and author of “Roland Soong — L’Internet chinois dans le texte, la traduction et l’appareillage critique en plus,” “Christine Loh — Une ancienne députée de Hong Kong sur la toile: le site ‘Civic Exchange’,” and “Pour en finir avec les ‘technologies de la libération’: Internet, société civile et politique en Chine”.
“Internet : agent du changement pour la société civile ?,” Monde Chinois, Autumn 2009, pp. 43-7.
Macau Quality of Life Report, special section on Civic Culture, IIUM, 2nd Quarter 2009, pp. 20-34.
“Internet” & “Television” in Encyclopedia of Modern China [4 vols.], Charles Scribner’s Sons, an imprint of Gale / Cengage Learning, Detroit (MI), 2009.
Book: as editor, History and Memory: Present Reflections on the Past to Build Our Future, Macau Ricci Institute, 2008, 488 pp.
“Les œillères de l’illusion technologique,” Hommes & Libertés, No. 142, April-May-June 2008, pp. 33-5.
“Une révolution sans illusion. Internet et liberté d’expression en Chine,” La vie des idées, May-June 2007, pp. 99-108.
“Blogs” & “La télévision,” in Dictionnaire de la Chine contemporaine, Paris, Armand Colin, Nov. 2006.
“Macau” in Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2005/2006, Montreal, Orbicom/UNDP-APDIP, 2005, pp. 55-59.
“Literature and Society—A World not so Apart” and “Lawyer Hong’s Father: A Writer’s Tale of China’s Past 30 years,” Chinese Cross Currents, Vol. 1, No. 2, April-June 2004.
“The SARS Outbreak and Public Policies in Hong Kong,” Chinese Cross Currents, Vol. 1, No. 1, Jan.-March 2004, pp. 132-52.
“Les artifices modernes de l’agit’prop. Internet et crise du ‘SRAS’ en Chine,” Hermès, No. 37, Autumn 2003.
“The Snares of Modernity—Internet, Information and the SARS Crisis in China,” China Perspectives, No. 47, May-June 2003, pp. 20-25.
“Telecommunications in China: Towards a Post-WTO Shock Therapy?,” China Perspectives, No. 41, May-June 2002, pp. 33-46.
“Société civile et démocratisation à Taiwan : les errances d’une société civile atrophiée dans une nation en devenir” in Chantal Zheng (dir.), Taiwan : parcours d’une identité, Paris, Karthala, 2000, pp. 263-291.
“Electioneering Taiwan-style. The Politics of Personality and the Push for Change,” China Perspectives, No. 29, May–June 2000, pp. 52-55.
“New Majority, New Faces,” China Perspectives, No. 15, Jan.–Feb. 1998, pp. 49-51.
“The Trade Unions and Workers’ Movements in Taiwan?—Does the Taiwanese Working Class Pose a Threat,” China Perspectives, No. 13, Sep.–Oct. 1997, pp. 42-54.
“Everything and its Opposite—The Hong Kong Handover on the Internet,” China Perspectives, No. 12, July–Aug. 1997, pp. 44-45.
“Taiwan Constitution: Amendment or Overhaul? The Outlook for the Political System,” China Perspectives, No. 10, March–April 1997, pp. 59-62.
“Internet Resources for Research on Contemporary China,” China Perspectives, No. 7, Sept.–Oct. 1996, pp. 53-57.
“The Republic of China Elects its President: Birth of a Nation?,” China Perspectives, No. 5, May–June 1996, pp. 35-39.
“The Internet Between the Constable and the Gamekeeper,” China Perspectives, No. 4, March–April 1996, pp. 6-8.
“From an Imperfect Two-Party System to a Stunted Pluralism,” China Perspectives, No. 3, Jan.–Feb. 1996, pp. 40-50.
with E. Parody, “Internet in China: A Modern Innovation with Little Tolerance for Control,” China Perspectives, No. 1, Sep.–Oct. 1995, pp. 36-42.
with R. Jacquet, “Dossier Taiwan—Une transition trop parfaite ?,” Perspectives Chinoises, No. 26, Nov.–Dec. 1994, pp. 32-44.
“Les élections à Taiwan—Le système électoral en question,” Perspectives Chinoises, No. 23, May–June 1994, pp. 45-53.

In the media

Correspondent in East Asia for Planet Labor and Heidi.news
Regular contributions to Médiapart
Biweekly columnist (Kapok) for Macau Daily Times from 2012 to 2019 (all of the columns accessible at https://macaothoughts.blogspot.com/)
Numerous interviews and quotes, most recently in La Croix, Le Monde, Libération, Financial Times, France Culture, Radio Canada, RFI, France Inter, France 24, etc.