Mathieu Duchâtel

Associate Researcher

Mathieu Duchâtel leads the “China and Global Security” team and the Beijing office of the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) since 2011. He is also an associate researcher at Asia Centre, Paris. His current research focuses on Chinese foreign and security policy in North-East Asia (Korean peninsula, East China Sea and the Taiwan Strait) and Sino-European relations on security and defence issues. He was the project manager of Asia Centre's China Observatory and the chief editor of China Analysis until 2011. Mathieu Duchâtel has taught at Sciences Po, Paris and at INALCO, the French Institute for Oriental Languages, and has studied at Fudan University (Shanghai) and National Chengchi University (Taipei). Regarding China’s North Korea Policy, he recently wrote with Phillip Shell “China’s policy on North Korea, economic engagement and nuclear disarmament”, SIPRI Policy Paper no. 40, published in December 2013.

Selection of works in English

  • “The Terrorist Factor in China’s Policy towards Pakistan: Strategic Reassurance and the United Front”, The Journal of Contemporary China, vol. 20, no. 71, September 2011, pp. 543-561
  • « EU-China relations and the Taiwan issue: from an irritant to a dead corner? », Conference « Contemporary Europe and Greater China », Institute of International Relations, National Chengchi University, Taipei, December 1-2, 2010
  • “China’s policy towards Pakistan and stability in South Asia”, Asia-Pacific Security Forum, Europe Institute for Asian Studies, Brussels, September 10-11, 2010
  • “The Old Friend and the three Evils: China’s Policy towards Pakistan”, 23rd Conference of the Association of Chinese Political Studies, Endicott College, Boston, July 30-31, 2010
  • “Between Hedging and Bandwagoning for Profit: Taiwan’s Mainland Policy under Ma Ying-jeou”, 7th conference on EU-China relations and cross-strait relations, Shanghai Institute for International Studies, June 5-6, 2010
  • (with François Godement) « Introduction: China’s Politics under Hu Jintao », Journal of Current China Affairs, vol 28, n°3, 2009
  • “Beyond WHA: Assessing the Cross-Strait Diplomatic Truce”, Paper presented at the Sixth Annual Conference on China-Europe Relations and Cross-Strait Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, 29-31 mai 2009, published on the website of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin
  • “Taiwan: The Security Policy of the Chen Government Since 2000”, China Perspectives, no 64, March-April 2006
  • “Direct Cross-Strait Transportation as the Missing Link Between Taiwan and Global Economic Networks?”, 3rd Conference of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS), Paris, March 2006

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