apl. Prof. Dr. Dirk Schmidt

Akademischer Direktor

Research interests

Foreign and Security Policy of China | Political Economy of China | China-Taiwan Relations


Dirk Schmidt studied Political Science, Modern History and English at the Universities of Saarbrücken and Newcastle upon Tyne from 1989 to 1995 and learned Chinese in Taiwan. After graduation, he worked at the Institute of Political Science at Saarland University and completed his doctorate at the Center for Politics of China and East Asia under Jürgen Domes on a thesis on Chinese foreign policy. Since 2004, he has been employed at the Chair of Politics and Economics of China at the University of Trier, which he represented from 2013 to 2018. His work focuses on political economy, foreign policy and foreign economics of the People's Republic of China, and China-Taiwan relations. He is a member of the Social Science China Research Working Group of the German Association for Asian Studies and a reviewer for the DFG and the DAAD.
A detailed curriculum vitae of Dr. Schmidt can be found ► here.


Research project: "What is a non-market economy? The case of China" (with Prof. Dr. Joachim Schild, Duration 2019, sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan)).

Publication project: "Die Volksrepublik China - Partner und Rivale" (New edition of the anthology in the Schriftenreihe der Hessischen Landeszentrale für politische Bildung; Laufzeit 2020/2021; Artikel zur chinesischen Außenpolitik und Projektkoordinator).

Latest publications:

Jörn-Carsten Gottwald/ Joachim Schild/ Dirk Schmidt: „Das Ende der Naivität gegenüber China? Die Reform des europäischen Investitionskontrollregimes“, in: Integration, 2/2019, 134-148.

Dirk Schmidt: "Die Außenpolitik der Volksrepublik China"; in: Jürgern Kerwer und Angelika Röming (Hg.), Die Volksrepublik China – Partner und Rivale. Wiesbaden: Hessische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung, 2018, S. 107-148.


A more detailed selection of his publications can be found ► here.