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Jean-Pierre Cabestan is Research Director at the CNRS attached to the French Research Institute for East Asia (IFRAE) at INALCO. He was from 2007 to 2021, Professor at the Department of Political Science of the Baptist University of Hong Kong, where he also was a Director for from 2007 to 2018. He is also an Associate Researcher at Asia Centre as well as at the Centre d’Études Français on the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Appointed Officer of the Academic Palms in 2018, he has been a corresponding member of the French Academy of Overseas Sciences (ASOM) since 2019.

From 2003 to 2007, he was attached to the UMR of Comparative Law at the University of Paris 1. From 1998 to 2003 he directed the Centre d’Études Français on the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China as well as his publications, Perspectives chinoises and China Perspectives. He established in 1994 and until 1998 headed the Taipei Branch of CEFC. Recruited to the CNRS in 1983, he was then assigned to the Institute for Comparative Research for Institutions and Law, located in Ivry-sur-Seine. In 1990-1991, he taught Chinese politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Jean-Pierre Cabestan holds a PhD in law (University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1988) and has a degree in Chinese (Oriental Languages ​​and Civilizations, University of Paris 7, Jussieu, 1979) and Japanese (undergraduate in oriental languages ​​and civilizations, University of Paris 7, Jussieu 1984).

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The Two Sessions (march 2024) • Jean-Pierre Cabestan


Jean-Pierre Cabestan, a renowned sinologist and associate researcher at Asia Centre, recently authored a policy brief as part of the European “Horizons Europe” program named “Dealing with a Resurgent China” (DWARC), which Asia Centre contributes to.

This insightful paper delves into the proceedings of the recent ‘two sessions’ in the People’s Republic of China. Within the pages of this brief, Mr. Cabestan provides a nuanced analysis of the implications of these sessions, shedding light on the priorities of the regime and their potential ramifications, particularly for the European Union.

Extract of the abstract:

“The National People’s Congress (NPC) and China’s Political People’s Consultative Conference (CPPCC) annual plenary meetings — also called the “two sessions” (lianghui) — took place as planned in early March 2024 in Beijing. […] The two sessions’ choreography was without surprise: all reports and decisions submitted by the government were approved, quasi-unanimously. Ambitious economic objectives were announced, especially a 5% growth rate for 2024 and the move towards a high-quality development model. As usual, the two sessions were also the occasion for NPC and CPPCC delegates to air some of their concerns about the situation in their locality or bureaucracy. Nonetheless, even more than before the 2024 two sessions have underscored how much the Party and General Secretary cum State President Xi Jinping in particular call the shots. Premier Li Qiang’s press conference was cancelled. New rules on the operation of the State Council, China’s central government, were adopted, putting it under closer Party watch and confirming that decisions are made elsewhere.”