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China’s currency manipulation: Donald Trump barks up the wrong tree

08 December 2016

By Rolf J. Langhammer

US President-elect Donald Trump has continued branding China as a currency manipulator – accusing the country of keeping the yuan low to help Chinese exports and harming jobs in the US. But in fact China’s currently intervenes in the opposite direction to prevent a weakening of the yuan – supporting American jobs.  

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China’s dangerous real estate spiral

07 December 2016

By Sebastian Heilmann and Matthias Stepan

Government intervention has so far averted a crisis in China’s booming property market. But local and central efforts to prevent bubbles from building up have created new risks for the economy.

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Trump’s „America First” strategy would make China greater than it wants to be

01 December 2016

By Hanns W. Maull

Donald Trump’s election as US president has increased expectations for China to act as a responsible global power. But Beijing is unlikely to fill these expectations, and China risks being harmed by the fallout of an erratic and possibly reckless US foreign policy. 

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Now is the time to get serious about EU-China trade and investment relations

23 November 2016

By Rolf J. Langhammer

The EU should speed up negotiations about a Bilateral Investment Treaty with China. With US trade policy in limbo after the election of Donald Trump, there is an opportunity for Brussels to move ahead with Beijing.

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Open government in China: bound to improve, within bounds

22 November 2016

By Jessica Batke*, Julia Breuer and Matthias Stepan

Beijing has made good on its promise to make a greater number of high-level government documents available to the public. Yet the principle of CCP rule will ultimately define the boundaries of transparency.

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