Zhimin Chen

Zhimin Chen

China is becoming a more influential actor in the world. However, China is not a new power, but rather as a reemerging power, and being a great power seems to be a matter of necessity and a natural return to its normalcy. The current Chinese leadership has displayed its stronger intention to make use of China’s growing power in its foreign policy. Does this mean China would assume a leadership role in the world? And what kind of leadership role it should and could play? The speaker attempts to develop the concept of facilitative leadership, in order to solve the conceptual problem on the issue and to ensure a sustainable and constructive leadership role for China in world affairs. The key features of a facilitative leadership are collective rather than hegemonic leadership, attractive rather than coercive leadership, win-win rather than solipsistic leadership, and empowering rather than patronal leadership.


Pr. CHEN Zhimin is the Dean of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, a professor of international relations and a Jean Monnet Chair professor ofEuropean foreign policy.

He serves as member of Advisory Board or editorial committee of several international journals, such as The Hague Journal of DipJomacy and Asia Europe Jomnal. His research interests include international relations theory diplomacy sn1dies Chinese foreign policy and EU studies.

His major publications in Chinese include:

  • China, the United States and Europe: Cooperation and Competition in a New Trilateral Relation (2011, first author)·
  • Contemporary Diplomacy (2008, first author)·
  • Foreign Policy Tntegration in European Union : An Mission Impossible? (2003, first author);
  • ubnational Oovernments and  Foreign  Affai1rs (2001).

He also co-edited (with David Zweig) China's Reforms and International Political Economy (Routledge, 2007).

Professer Chen received all his degrees from Fudan University.

He was a visiting fellow at Harvard University (1996-1997), also visiting scholar at Queen's University, University of Durham, Lund University, Sciences Po. and Keio University.