Jean-Pierre Cabestan is head and professor of the Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University. He is also associate researcher at the Asia Centre in Paris. Before August 2007, he was senior researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research and was attached to Institute of Comparative Law of the University of Paris 1. From 1998 to 2003, he was director of the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China in Hong Kong and chief editor of Perspectives chinoises and China Perspectives. From 1994 to 1998, he was director of the Taipei Office of the CEFC. In 1990 and 1991, he was lecturer in the politics department of the School of Oriental and African Studies. He is the author of numerous French-language books and journal articles, with recent pieces including “La politique internationale de la Chine. Entre intégration et volonté de puissance” (Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2010). He has also published numerous articles and contributions in English on China's political system and reform, Chinese law, the relations across the Taiwan Strait and Taiwanese politics.