The subject of international trade is central to our publications and events. More precisely, subjects of particular focus are: inter-Asian trade, as well as trade from and to Asia, and Asia to developed countries' exchanges. We also analyze in more details issues related to trading accounts, imports and exports, trade surpluses and deficits.

Our work focuses on trade in goods (resources, commodities, manufactured products, energy) as well as trade in services. Finally, issues of trade governance, notably within the WTO framework, of bilateral or multilateral trade agreements and FTA, as well as issues related free trade, tariffs, and dumping and non-competitive behaviors, are often analyzed by our team.

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China’s Expanding Cyberspace

Wednesday 11 June 2014

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Xi Jinping’s European Tour: What Opportunities for France?

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Thursday 06 March 2014

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Wednesday 16 July 2014

In a recent declaration, Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People’s Bank of China, announced his intention to reduce official intervention in the exchange rate of the yuan. This decision is part of a vast drive to internationalize the yuan, raising the Chinese currency to the highest ranks of international transactions. It’s with this aim in mind that China has signed currency exchange agreements and opened clearing houses designed to facilitate the financing and payment of the country’s commercial transactions. What are the motivations of the Chinese authorities behind this drive to establish the yuan as a global currency? What benefits do they hope to derive from it? What errors do the Chinese authorities run the risk of making if they move too quickly towards an openly-traded yuan? Will the yuan become a rival to the euro and the dollar?


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Tuesday 23 September 2014 - Economic Breakfasts

This meeting with Malo Carton and Samy Jazaerli will be chaired by Rémi Bourgeot (Chief Economist of Asia Centre).


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Asia Centre Founded in August 2005 by François Godement and a team of researchers and experts in contemporary Asia, Asia Centre aims to conduct research on contemporary Asia, to organize debates and enhance, through publications, the results of this research and encounters.