Frans-Paul van der Putten

Frans-Paul van der Putten is a researcher and consultant on China and its role in global geopolitics, and the founder of ChinaGeopolitics. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the Clingendael Institute, where he previously was the coordinator of the Clingendael China Centre (2019-2022). Frans-Paul studied history at Leiden University, where he specialized in the history of European imperialism in East Asia. He wrote a doctoral dissertation on political risk and business strategies in early 20th-century China. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of Itinerario: Journal of Imperial and Global Interactions. Prior to working for Clingendael (2007-2022), he worked as a researcher at Nyenrode Business University (2001-2006).

Research interests

  • China and geopolitics
  • China-US-EU relations
  • China and economic security
  • Regional security order in Asia Pacific
  • BRI and the Maritime Silk Road


DPC Report: Europe’s Strategic Technology Autonomy From China

Global Perspectives on China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Asserting Agency through Regional Connectivity

Assessing China’s Influence in Europe through Investments in Technology and Infrastructure: Four Cases