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European Voices on China

Time is running out for strategic patience with North Korea

20 April 2017

By Hanns W. Maull

Washington and Beijing have to accept that there can be no more business as usual in dealing with the Kim regime. The two principal actors in this crisis have to work towards political change in North Korea through a new regional order in East Asia.


China’s planned land reform: not enough to protect farmers from land grabs

18 April 2017

By Katharina Otte

Beijing wants to end excessive land grabs and evictions of Chinese farmers. But the planned reform of the land administration law does not remove the root causes of the problem: urbanization pressure and fiscal problems at the local level.


Trump-style tariffs against China would shoot U.S. in the foot

10 April 2017

By Max J. Zenglein

Punitive levies on Chinese imports would hurt American consumers and U.S. companies that are part of the global supply chain. At the same time, they would strengthen Beijing's resolve to speed up its quest for independence from foreign technology.


If Europe kicks addiction to U.S. security, China has to adjust to weaker dollar

04 April 2017

By Rolf J. Langhammer

A transatlantic shift in financial burden sharing within NATO would reverberate all the way to China. A weaker U.S. role in global security would lead to a weaker dollar – with serious consequences for China’s monetary policy and real economy.


Brexit is bad news for democracy activists in Hong Kong

30 March 2017

By Bertram Lang

Britain and Europe are too busy with their own divorce to care about Hong Kong’s future. The crack-down on pro-democracy activists after the election of Beijing-backed candidate Carrie Lam as the SAR’s new chief executive has only drawn muted responses from London and Brussels.



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).


The Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) is a Stiftung Mercator initiative. Established in 2013, MERICS is a Berlin-based institute for contemporary and practical research into China. As a central forum for engagement with China in Germany, MERICS lays the foundations for people – especially decision-makers in Germany and Europe – to better judge questions and issues relating to China.