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China’s quest for cybersecurity causes headache for foreign companies

28 March 2017

By Nabil Alsabah (via The Diplomat)

International businesses in China struggle to comply with new regulations, which force them to store critical data within China's borders, limit the application of foreign encryption services, and require handing over customer data of terror suspects.

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Can there be a transatlantic China policy in the Trump era?

23 March 2017

By Kerstin Lohse-Friedrich

As the U.S. President pursues his strategy of “America First,” China strives to increase its role and influence on the world stage. Participants of a panel hosted by MERICS and its partners China File, Asia Society and Young China Watchers in New York discussed the consequences of this shift in the global order.

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Who will build tomorrow's car? According to Beijing, it will be China

15 March 2017

By Sebastian Heilmann and Mirjam Meissner

China sets its hopes on e-mobility. Smart and forceful  industrial policies are geared toward grooming domestic brands and keeping foreign competition at bay. Governments and manufacturers in industrial countries will have to act fast to counter this trend.

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Overseas NGOs in China: left in Legal Limbo

08 March 2017

By Kristin Shi-Kupfer and Bertram Lang (via The Diplomat)

As many feared, the new law in practice seems designed to make life difficult for international organizations. Many foreign NGOs, especially those working in political sensitive areas like legal advocacy or political education, are left in legal limbo.

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Anti-Western nationalism in China can work for or against the CCP

03 March 2017

By Claudia Wessling

As the U.S. and Europe struggle with political and economic crises, Chinese party-state media highlight the deficiencies of “Western” systems. The leadership in Beijing offers the “China Path” as an alternative. Under what conditions could we see a rise in anti-Western nationalism in China? What does this mean for the stability of the government? These questions were up for debate at a MERICS China Dispute on 22 February that was attended by around 100 guests.

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