François Chimits' research focuses on the economic development of China, paying special attention to foreign trade and the related level playing field challenges for its trading partners.
Before joining MERICS, he worked as a microfinance analyst at the French Embassy in Beijing. After that, he was an economist and deputy head of the trade policy department at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. He was also in charge of a course on the Chinese economy at Sciences Po Paris. François received a bachelor’s degree in international economics and development and a master's degree in international economic diagnosis and development from Paris Dauphine University.