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European Voices on China

How China's rise contributes to polarization in the West

21 October 2016

By Mikko Huotari and Sebastian Heilmann

Several studies show the correlation between China’s growing impact on the world’s economies and political populism in the US and European societies.


China's service sector frailties may thwart key reforms

18 October 2016

By Max J. Zenglein

China’s leaders place high hopes on the vibrancy of the economy’s service sector, but in reality it has not been able to fill the void left by the decline of manufacturing. The inability of services to pick up the slack in turn creates a temptation for the government to delay overdue structural reforms while maintaining a reliance on investment-driven growth.


The hidden China factor in the US presidential election

17 October 2016

By Hanns W. Maull

At first glance, China is not a factor in this year’s US presidential election, despite Donald Trump’s occasional efforts to make it one. Yet in the toxic brew of American politics, the economic relationship with China plays a role that seems set to grow and might increasingly poison the bilateral relationship.


Learn from the West – but don’t adopt a Western lifestyle!

14 October 2016

By Simon Lang

The Chinese leadership’s campaign against Western lifestyles flies in the face of the growing number of young Chinese who study abroad or engage in youth exchanges with Western countries.


"China wants to adjust the international order"

12 October 2016

Lecture by Kevin Rudd

China’s president Xi Jinping follows a grand strategy when he talks about a multipolar world and reform of global governance, according to former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd. In a lecture in Berlin, Rudd described China's efforts to push for change within the United Nations or through the creation of institutions such as the Asian Infrastructure and Development Bank (AIIB). „China is in the business of changing international institutions,“ said Rudd.



The MERICS blog offers commentary and analysis on China’s political, economic and social development as well as its role in global affairs (and its relations with Europe).


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