Jean-François Huchet is currently Professor of Economics (Chair of Comparative Economics in Asia), at the National Institute for Oriental Language and Civilization, INALCO-Langues’O-University of Sorbonne Paris Cité and Director of ASIEs Research Centre at INALCO. He was also Director of the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC), a CNRS research centre based in Hong Kong, and Director of the Academic Journal China Perspectives. He was based in Asia for 18 years and has occupied several academic positions as Senior Research Fellow at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China in Hong Kong between 1997 and 2001. He was also Senior Research Fellow at the Maison franco-japonaise in Tokyo between 1993 and 1997 and researcher at Beijing University from 1987 and 1991. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Rennes (France). His research and publications have focused on the role of the state in economic development in China and India.